Anyone out there dabble in fiction-writing?

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  1. Bob McLaughlin

    Bob McLaughlin Screenwriter

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    I've been working on a novel for over a year now, and have been writing short stories for my own amusement all my life. I've never attempted getting any of those published, but I hope to find a market for my novel. But before I do that, I have to prove to myself that I can finish the thing.

    Does anyone else out there write fiction as a hobby? Are there any good websites for amateur writers? It's kind of a lonely undertaking, and it would be nice to find a supportive writing community online. Any suggestions would be welcome!
     
  2. SteveGon

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    I wish I had the nerve to try and write a novel! I occasionally write satirical, Onionesque articles and that's about it. Years ago, I did write a short story entitled The Great Smurf Revolution. Don't know what I did with it but I thought it was pretty funny at the time... [​IMG]
     
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    i have a continuing work of fiction that i work on quite often. it's called My Resume.

    kevin t
     
  4. Eric Kahn

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    Fiction
    those time sheets I fill out at work to say what I did are classified as a work of fiction most nights[​IMG]
    and all of the truckers logs I filled out all those years
    other than that, my writing skills are non-existant
     
  5. Bob McLaughlin

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    Eric: If you were a trucker, I'd think you'd have lots of good stories to tell. By the way, the word is spelled "nonexistent"! [​IMG]
    Steve: If you like satire and humor, try:
    http://www.mcsweeneys.net/
    They might publish some of your stuff. The letters section is usually the funniest.
    Oh well, I'll just keep on writin'.
     
  6. Darren H

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    Bob, I got my MA in English at UNC-Wilmington, which has a top-notch MFA Creative Writing program, so I spent a couple years hanging out with aspiring writers of various abilities. I have nothing but respect for anyone who has finished a novel, even if it's not particularly good.

    I fantasize at times about giving it a shot, but for now I'm still paralyzed by the idea. I think I'm most intimidated by the emotional and personal investment one must make in the process. One of my favorite novelists, Philip Roth, has described his life as eight hours a day of exhausting struggle, spent in the hopes of creating two decent pages.
     
  7. Eric Kahn

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    Doomed from the start, can't even spell[​IMG]
     
  8. Joe_C

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    Writing fiction is actually what I hope to do for a living. I'm working on my English major at UCLA right now, and have been working on a novel for about the past year or so. I haven't really done much in the last 3-4 months due to the ridiculous amount of work required of me in my various classes, but I really need to get back into it. I'm only about (the equivalent) of 60 pages into it.
    Good luck with your novel, Bob. It sure is one hell of a committment [​IMG]
     
  9. Vince Maskeeper

    Vince Maskeeper Producer

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    I have written some screenplays for fun, and had a collection of short stories that once had interest from a publisher (but it kinda fell apart).
    My short story collection is still being "shopped", although not really actively anymore. I have about 6 "completed" scripts, and a dozen or so pieces or pitches.
    At one point I did earn some extra cash writing some "adult fiction" for obscure skin mags. It was kinda funny to tell people when i was 18 that I wrote porn for a living.
    [​IMG]
    Vince
     
  10. Darren Lewis

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    There are quite a few sites out there for book readers and writers. Have a look at some of the sites that are on the webrings that my site is a member of for some ideas.
    Good luck!
     
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    FWIW, I've got five books under my sole authorship and another which I co-edited, plus one of them is translated into ten languages. Unfortunately for the purposes of this thread, they're all non-fiction textbooks. I've tried writing fiction, but it just doesn't work. There are rare souls who can write in both formats, but I think most folks are stuck with either being a natural fiction or non-fiction writer.
     
  12. JasonD

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    I'm also a writer who doesn't have as much time to contribute to his craft at this time (studying for MCSE). So in the meantime, my comedy script and novella are on hold. Barnes and Noble has a great program for self-publishing. Check this out:
    http://publishyourbook.iuniverse.com...rid=1B3R2N70A4
     
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    There was a time where I was penning a Sci-Fi novel and a friend of mine was going over it, editing it and helping flesh it out.
    I think we got about 25% done when it became 'too much'. I would like to pick it up again, but my communications skills have advanced over thoes days and I'd pitch the whole thing and start with a blank piece of paper. One day I'll get the nerve together to look at it again, I still think the storyline idea is original and would make a good read. That must be my ego speaking. [​IMG]
    opi
     

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