I'm very excited to be a member of this workshop. After skimming through posts, I feel that this forum is a very positive environment where I can grow and glean experience from other writers who have been where I am now.
I have been interested in writing since I was a little girl in grade school. I wrote my first short story when I was 14 and then had a dry period where I became distracted by boys and family problems. At 21 I entered college and began writing again. In the past two years I have been dedicated to developing my writing abilities and have maintained a steady writing and reading schedule. Currently I am working on a couple short stories and the second draft of my first novel. My novel is fantasy, but I am interested in many different genres and hope that I can find a way to write more than one genre without upsetting any potential publishers.
I am also learning as much as I can about the publishing industry and hope that I can find some good, first hand advice here.
Now, consider, Heinlein's Rules: the BASIC program!
10 WRITE 20 END WRITE 30 PRINT 40 MAIL 50 IF REJECTED THEN GOTO 120 60 IF ASKED TO REVISE THEN GOTO 80 75 IF SALE MADE THEN GOTO 140 70 IF WAITING THEN GOTO 150 80 REVISE PER EDITOR 90 RE-SUBMIT PER EDITOR 100 GOTO 150 120 RE-PRINT 125 RE-MAIL 130 GOTO 150 140 CELEBRATION 150 WRITE NEW 160 GOTO 20
Notice, there are no GOSUB in this program.
Why? The GOSUB, as it applies to Heinlein's Rules, invariably lacks a RETURN statement, and thus you end up leaving the program altogether and get stuck in a productionless, endless loop.
Examples of GOSUB would be:
WORRY OVER REJECTION RE-WRITE BASED ON INTERNAL CRITIC RE-WRITE BASED ON GROUP CRITIC PROCRASTINATE (the biggest one!)
And millions of others. If you've been doing this for any length of time, you will have invented your own subroutines that have put you into a productionless, endless loop.
And then, of course, it's time to reboot! (Remember the Apple II?)
Okay, that's the Borg/Cylon method of writing. Here's another.
Write something that makes you happy and post the first 13 lines in Fragments and Feedback section. A bunch of us will read and offer you some comments on it (you may even get a couple to offer to look at the whole thing). Generally, anything that catches our eye and think is a problem you'll probably find althrough your story. (POV violations, passive writing, speech tags, that sort of thing). If your desire is too write then this is the place to learn. We'll be awaiting.
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Hi Star! I'm trying to learn everything I possibly can about publishers, too. I thought I knew it all, but I was so wrong. Maybe we should sit down some time and exchange notes! What kind of short stories are you writing? I'm nervously submitting my first short stories this year to the writer's digest contest (all genres accepted, cool prizes, even for honorable mention) maybe you should give it a shot too. Since coming to Hatrack, I've started trying new things, too. This place is full of folks who will help out in a pinch!
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I hope you haven't been confused by this base, sick discussion about Borgs, Cylons, and people quoting the end of Back to the Future. First of all, this is more of a Johnny-5 method of writing if we were to use a temporal comparison. Borg programming is much more complicated. As for Cylons, I suppose it would depend on which Battlestar series, but even the old Cylons were more like DOS. By the way, who changed the movie? Beware -
"I used to bull's-eye womp rats in my T-16 back home..."
I've been writing fantasy for the most part, but I try not to limit myself to one genre. I have written short stories that range from literary fiction to sci-fi and have an idea for a novel that is on the back burner at the moment that is also literary fiction (although, I admit that I find that term to be subjective.)
The only thing I can't seem to write is romance. Never have been one for bodice-rippers.
I would love to compare notes on the publishing industry, although I'm honestly finding out new things every day and do not consider myself an expert by any means.