Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Trying To Be A Real Writer

Since I was a little kid, I felt the urge, the pull to become a writer. I wanted to write books. In my teens, I decided that what I actually wanted to be was a filmmaker. That was something that involved writing...and some other stuff too. I went to four years of film school, and discovered, upon graduating, that I had been on a wild goose chase. I realized that I didn't want to be a filmmaker all that much. The same thing that gripped me as a kid still gripped me. I wanted to be a writer, a writer of books, of novels.

So, I started writing short stories. I wrote non-stop for several months, then soon, life got in the way, and I cooled off. Over and over since then, I've tried to get back on the horse. I've written a handful of short stories over the years since college, while always eventually being distracted away by other worries. I never have actually sold a story, though (You can't count what I wrote and we aired on the Dunesteef selling a story). Hell, I haven't even submitted many stories for that matter.

So, inspired by the willpower I found in losing weight, I have decided to throw my hat in the ring again. I'm going to try to get something published somewhere, and I will report on how things are going here on my blog.

If anyone who reads these comments would like to be one of my "first readers" just drop me an email at editor (at) dunesteef (dot) com, and we'll set it up.

I was just inspired the other day with a new story idea, and I've written the first scene. I'll tell you about it in my next "Adventures in Writing" post.

8 comments:

  1. *claps* Yay! Go, Big!

    Also, congrats on losing weight. That feels great. I'm just starting to shed my school fat. I always gain about 20 pounds in school and then lose it when the endless sitting is over. It is such a relief to feel one's clothes fitting correctly.

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  2. *** Bosley gets out of the way. Go Big! :)

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  3. Very cool. Look forward to reading about your first sale!

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  4. I finally started submitting to podcasts last year. No joy, yet, but I'm still writing. Keep it up, dude! You'll get there.

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  5. Never Give Up.
    Never Surrender!

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  6. Thanks for the encouragement everybody. We'll see if I can actually get organized enough to follow through with this. If you don't hear me posting about stuff though, get on my case.

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  7. I too encourage you to continue! I've written several short stories over the years, but it was always off and on until about 2008, when I got serious with it. One of the things that got my blood pumped was NaNoWriMo (nanowrimo.org) that happens each November. There is also Script Frenzy in April (scriptfrenzy.org). But by all means, get back on the horse. I too would like to read your first sale! BTW, Dunesteef was my first "sale."

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  8. Dude! I just got notified that I'm published now! My first published story! If I can hack out something, I know you can!

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