Location : The Kansas Prairie
Registration date : 2009-02-24
|Subject: Re: Writers? Fri Mar 20, 2009 12:09 pm|| |
I do a bit of writing; songs, poems, essays and fiction. I've been published in several national magazines and quite a few "specialty" publications, and on on topics ranging from double shotguns, hunting and fishing to British sports cars, baseball and, of course, pipe smoking!
Trout Bum, I love your idea of the football game story; I hope you do it and would love to read it.
Age : 40
Location : East Texas
Registration date : 2009-03-14
|Subject: Re: Writers? Fri Mar 20, 2009 6:20 pm|| |
I do a lot of business writing. My wife has been trying to get me to write a book, but I've yet to pull the trigger on that little project. I don't like doing research, and I it takes a lot of research to write books well (from what I hear)
|Subject: Re: Writers? Sat Mar 28, 2009 10:19 pm|| |
Not a published writer, but I love to write. Mainly short story prose. Did some poetry for the girls, but it has to rhyme, which is not my specialty. I've written alot of funny stuff.
I did write a novel, started it in high school, worked on it for 4 years in college. Finished it a year later. I was trying to edit it as it was over 1000 pages. You will love this: it disappeared one day.... Not that I believed it could be published.
I need to see if I can find some of my short stories. They may be good if for nothing more than a chuckle.
Writing went the day of the dinosaur as I work long hours now. Really forums took the place of writing.
Author of "My Love My Pipe"
Age : 53
Location : missouri
Registration date : 2009-08-12
|Subject: Re: Writers? Sun Sep 27, 2009 12:01 pm|| |
I wrote two books "My Love My Pipe" which is a funy little book 76 pages on o course pipes and all the problems one has on learning the skill of becomming a pipe man. and "Reflexions" a 277 page book on my life both can be seen on www.lulu.com under charles hester
Age : 34
Location : London, England
Registration date : 2009-02-10
|Subject: Re: Writers? Sun Sep 27, 2009 4:05 pm|| |
Hey guys, would love to read your poems if you'd be willing to show them, it seems like there are a great many members on here that are interested in literature in some faculty, would be great to get some poems or short stories down lol I know that sounds a little bit against the grain but would love something to contribute to every now and then
Registration date : 2009-10-17
|Subject: Re: Writers? Sat Oct 17, 2009 8:19 pm|| |
I'm a reporter, so I write and am published daily. Kind of pointless to give you the links, since they charge a subscription fee (even to the reporters). If I'm not employed past Monday (I have to re-interview for my job), I'll start writing my novels full time.
Long Arm O' The Law
Age : 69
Location : Oak Ridge, TN
Registration date : 2008-09-10
|Subject: Re: Writers? Sat Oct 17, 2009 11:05 pm|| |
I write some. Have had three articles (two features and a filler) in professional magazines and won a short story competition. At the moment I'm in process with three short stories and blocking out the outline of a novel. Just recently wrote a couple of poems. They are very rough.
Age : 54
Location : Auburn, AL
Registration date : 2009-11-20
|Subject: Re: Writers? Sun Nov 29, 2009 9:37 am|| |
I'm a philosophy professor, and so I write professionally. I also try my hand at poems, but have little to show for it. My webpage has a list of most of my philosophical writing.
Age : 41
Location : Waynesville Ohio and points in between
Registration date : 2009-08-31
|Subject: Re: Writers? Tue Jan 26, 2010 10:15 am|| |
Like winslow i also get the priviledge of writing incident reports at work. I also have had an article published in the Civil War Historian, so far my only article it was a lowly book review in the first issue. Writing for publication is quite possibly the most stressful writing assignment I have ever had.
Age : 30
Location : St. Louis
Registration date : 2011-01-12
|Subject: Re: Writers? Thu Jan 13, 2011 2:22 pm|| |
I have had a number of poems published in small journals and am trying to move into larger journals. I just got one poem accepted into Spires Magazine and I just submitted a number to The Literary Review.
I do also write short stories and have a number of longer stories in the works.
Location : Mexico City
Registration date : 2009-08-24
Age : 49
Location : The South
Registration date : 2011-01-04
|Subject: Re: Writers? Thu Jan 20, 2011 1:05 pm|| |
Hey, I wouldn't call myself a writer, since I still haven't finished the novel I've been working on for two years, but I dabble at it. I've always wanted to write, and finally in my late thirties (now 40) I took up the keyboard (err. pen). I love the creation process, but wish I had more time to actually write. I used to write about an hour a day, and probably two on the weekends, but now that we have a nine month old little boy, very little, to no writing is getting done. I do dream up a lot of ideas and seem to record a lot of voice notes while driving back and forth from work. But, I hope that once the little guy gets a little more independent (in the next year or so) maybe I can get back to the actual writing process.
I don't know if any of you here know about www.thenextbigwriter.com, but this is a great place to post your writing and get high quality reviews on your work.
I'd love to know what kinds of genre's you working on!
Location : Ecuador
Registration date : 2011-01-21
|Subject: Re: Writers? Sat Feb 12, 2011 11:26 pm|| |
- wiley coyote wrote:
- I'm a philosophy professor, and so I write professionally. I also try my hand at poems, but have little to show for it. My webpage has a list of most of my philosophical writing.
Can you post your webpage address? I am interested in philosophy too. I tried to google your name but I only got pages about the Coyote and the RoadRunner.
MartinH, great site www.thenextwriter.com . Thanks for the recommendation.
I believe everybody can be a good writer but first we have to do a lot of reading and a lot of drafts before writing something good for the public to read.
Registration date : 2010-12-25
|Subject: Re: Writers? Sun Feb 13, 2011 3:32 am|| |
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Age : 73
Location : Indiana
Registration date : 2008-09-10
|Subject: Re: Writers? Sun Feb 13, 2011 1:01 pm|| |
Late 60's through the early 80's I wrote a lot of poetry. Did a lot of public readings. Lightly published in rags that have since died. Have one novel finished. I'm now editing--pain in the butt. Second novel is, somewhat, laid out. I have a well-known author waiting to read the first book soon as I get it edited. She thinks, assuming she likes it, she can help me find a publisher. Oh, it's a western. Genre writing does not pay loads, but it would be nice to get it published.
Currently, I'm writing...the dissertation. A REAL pain in the butt.
Age : 30
Location : New Jersey
Registration date : 2011-01-09
|Subject: Re: Writers? Thu Feb 17, 2011 2:42 pm|| |
I used to write heaps of poetry, but I don't find myself inspired to do so these days. I (sadly) write a lot of fanfiction. I also have two blogs, one that's mostly about movies and one that's about spirituality. I've written loads of short stories recently, a few of which are in the process of being published. And I've got six novels in the works, two of which I've been working on for several years and are near completion. So I suppose I am a bit of a writer.
Registration date : 2011-07-06
|Subject: Re: Writers? Fri Jul 15, 2011 7:56 pm|| |
I retired as an English teacher about three years ago. I always said that I would write a book when I retired. I was too busy the first few years doing other things, but I was still playing around with an idea. During the third year, things took shape and I started writing. Before that, however, I did an outline of the entire book (general, not detailed) and developed characters. There was a certain amount of research I had to do as well because the story is based on a historical incident. That took a little time, but it was well worth it because it made the actual writing easier.
Here’s the blurb that‘ll go on the back jacket:
American and French counter-espionage spies join forces to prevent the communist takeover of the Republic of Liberia during the Cold War. Top Liberian government officials are suddenly arrested and charged in the series of ritual murders. A major riot breaks out in the capital because of a government crackdown on human rights, killing both civilians and soldiers. The government foils an attempted coup and then must defend itself against another. The oldest republic and the most stable government on the African continent is about to tumble headlong into a maelstrom of nightmare and chaos, sucking everything within its radius, and in the midst of all this, two people emerge to find love, romance, and commitment together.
Here’s the plot (there are several sub-plots not included here):
The year is 1980. Euro-Afrique (EA), a covert anti-Soviet super intelligence collaborative made up of France, England, Germany, Morocco, Egypt and South Africa is assisting and funding the CIA’s clandestine struggle against communism because the CIA had been crippled by Watergate and the Church and Pike investigations and can no longer operate without strict congressional oversight. EA decides they must stage a coup against the president of the Republic of Liberia, Charles Dunbar Cooper, before he travels to Moscow to meet with Leonid Brezhnev to sign a new treaty that would in effect displace the United States and make the Soviet Union the new superpower in Liberia, and by extension, all of West Africa. Thomas Walsh, a seasoned CIA field officer and Camille Giroux, an counter-espionage agent for the French Service de Documentation Exterieure et de Counter-espionage (SDECE), part of Euro-Afrique which is funding the operation, work together in planning and staging this coup. They have exactly eleven days in which to do so.
I’ve got about 60,000 word written. I figure it’ll take another 60,000 before I’m done. 120,000 words is about 500 pages, give or take. My goal is to have a first draft done by the end of the year, then search for an agent while I’m working on the second draft. I write about 4 to 6 hours a day. With necessary editing, I’ll probably have a 400 to 450 page thriller when everything is said and done.
Best wishes and bonne chance to any others who are writing a book. It’s damn hard work!
Location : New York City
Registration date : 2011-06-07
|Subject: Re: Writers? Fri Jul 15, 2011 8:11 pm|| |
Written word I go by one: Pithy
Age : 73
Location : Cheviot Ohio
Registration date : 2009-01-14
|Subject: Re: Writers? Fri Jul 15, 2011 8:39 pm|| |
I'm a retired freelance writer of fiction, non-fiction, and advertising copy, as well as a retired editor, and poet. Many nostalgia magazine articles, etc.
Age : 62
Location : DFW - Frisco, Tx
Registration date : 2011-05-01
|Subject: Re: Writers? Sat Jul 16, 2011 4:07 pm|| |
I've written several screenplays, a television pilot and series as well as some comic book scripts and graphic novels. One turned into a film short IMDB Tin Can Shinny.
Age : 42
Location : Kentucky
Registration date : 2011-07-28
|Subject: Re: Writers? Mon Nov 07, 2011 4:42 pm|| |
I am a writer and I have not had anything published. It's interesting how sheepish people, myself included, are when it comes to calling themselves a writer.
There are many people who are comfortable with the idea of being an armature musician or athlete, playing as a hobbyist on the weekends or around a campfire. Even if their talent level is low they may still be proud of the fact that they play basketball in a rec league or pick up the guitar on the weekends. They have no aspirations beyond the simple enjoyment of their hobby and do not pine away for the day that they” turn pro" or get discovered by a Major League scout. Their friends and family do not regularly ask them when they will sign a record deal.
Few seem to take this same approach when it comes to writing. When it comes to writing there seems to be few people who would proudly call themselves an amateur or hobbyist writer. Armature or people who are considering taking up the craft tend to be sheepish or embarrassed by the fact that they write or want to write. “So you want to write for a living?” It is assumed that if you write the only acceptable goal is to eventually write full time and become published. People only seem to have three categories: non writer, frustrated writer pining away until they get their break, and successful published author.
Why not just write for the fun of it? Why not say “Yeah I wrote a novel last year. It may not be that good but I had a lot of fun doing it. If you want to read it I can email it to you. It’s a great hobby.” Taking this view of writing does not preclude the idea of working hard at it or sending it off to publishers. By no means! It just means that we do not have to be embarrassed about the fact that we write but have never been published, or embarrassed that we may not be that good. Is the overweight 40 year old embarrassed that he plays left field in the local softball “beer league”? Of course not! He just enjoys playing. We need to have room for the “overweight 40 year old beer league” writer. That’s who I aspire to be (not that I’m against being published…)
Age : 62
Location : Piedmont of North Carolina
Registration date : 2011-08-31
|Subject: Re: Writers? Mon Nov 07, 2011 8:38 pm|| |
Yep, I'm also a writer; I guess the term is so generic we are indeed often sheepish to admit it. Still, I've published 4 monographs and other bits of professional writing. I wrote a wine column for a New Orleans give-away arts magazine for a number of years until it went under because of Katrina (they were also kind enough to publish two of the poems I submitted, but I'm sure that's not what killed the 'zine). I have committed the sin of fan fiction. I have also just had a short story accepted for publication (see 'Horror, Humor, and Heroes' vol 1 & 2 for earlier anthologies, although I'm not published in those). When the anthology comes out, I'll be sure to post a link someplace!
Location : Louisiana
Registration date : 2009-03-11
|Subject: Re: Writers? Tue Nov 08, 2011 2:05 am|| |
My new book is going to be released in Feb. It's on amazon now but only for pre-orders:
Not much info there yet, but if you're interested, you can read the intro at my blog: www.jimberge.com. There's a link to the INTRO in the right-hand column.
Location : Reno, NV
Registration date : 2011-09-18
|Subject: Re: Writers? Tue Nov 08, 2011 1:27 pm|| |
I'm confused by this hierarchy of what constitutes a "writer."
A writer is someone who writes. Anything beyond a comprehensive shopping list probably makes someone a writer. No, I'm not being a smart-ass with that, either. I'll explain my point of view.
In certain opinion (past and present), you are a "writer" if you do so professionally, and you are "professional" if you have your work published. The more locations, or more books if you choose, in which you are published, determined your success
as writer. I think more people are apt to call themselves a writer if they write, rather than if they have something published. I think this also makes professional writers roll their eyes a bit.
I use this compared to musicians, since that was brought up as well. There's the guy who goes to the guitar store, plays a guitar (same licks, same tune) every single time. Perhaps a guitar comes out with buddies drinking in the garage and they mess around a little. Are they musicians? I suppose in some way, they are. Personally, I have toured, been in plenty of bands and projects, made songs, written albums, even built and maintained my own instruments, yet I have a hard time calling myself a "musician" because I don't feel I have completed the level of talent I would like to have.
Yet, I have never been published with much credit, paid-for or been directly acknowledged as a "writer." I consider myself not only a writer, but a pretty good one. I have run two local blogs here in my hometown, written ad copy (my own and others), written for business owners on behalf of periodicals, have countless subjects and musings scattered about paper and digital manuscripts, and have a cavalier and unorganized approach to a what I feel is a very organized and linear craft: writing. I wouldn't know the first thing about getting published or finding gainful employment as a writer. In addition, three friends of mine who were preparing their final thesis as English majors came to ME as someone to give an objectified and corrective opinion on their work. Not that it says anything, but it sure made my high school drop-out shame diminish a little. Contrary to my music, I'm 100% confident in my ability to write.
I will likely never be paid for my writing, though I'd consider doing it for pay under the right circumstances. Does this make me a hobbyist or am I serious? I'm not sure. I know for a fact I'm a hobbyist musician, as I'll never sleep in vans, garages and play for peanuts likely again, but I'll always have instruments and ideas resonating off the project room walls, which include stacks of journals which may never see the light of day.
I enjoy myself in text. If it goes further, so be it.
Age : 65
Location : Piedmont, North Carolina
Registration date : 2007-12-17
|Subject: Re: Writers? Fri Nov 25, 2011 10:33 pm|| |
You're a writer if you write. That simple.