01-22-2007 02:38 PM
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01-27-2007 12:37 AM
Back in my early 20's wrote a couple of romances and even submitted one to a number of publishers ... never got printed but got a number of encouraging responses .... lost the book in one of my moves.
I am trying to get motivated again and hope discussion group will help.
01-27-2007 08:28 AM
My tastes in fiction have changed a lot over the years. I started as a hard science fiction bigot - none of that smarmy elf stuff for me. As time went on, I discovered good fantasy writing and dumped the hard stuff. Later, I found out about urban fantasy and realized it was what I had been looking for all along. It's what I want to write.
I'm here because I'm hoping to make the transition from a reader to a writer. I've read voraciously all these years, and know what works and what doesn't, but I haven't taken the time to find out why. The idea I've been carrying around in my head has very complicated mechanics behind it, and I need to find a way to tell my story without resorting to exposition and other boring tricks. I also need to make sure my characters are as alive for my readers as they are for me. My "voice" needs work as well. I know what I want it to be, and can maintain it for short bursts, but it goes all gooshy on me after a while.
If I can accomplish any of those goals in this workshop, I'd be very happy.
01-27-2007 08:30 AM
I have been working on a science fiction novel for the January Novel Writing Month challenge and I'm just about on target to hit my aim of 25,000 words (half the novel). Hopefully, I'll be able to keep pushing myself and complete it.
01-27-2007 08:42 AM
I have wanted to be a writer all my life but due to some unfortunate criticism I have lost my nerve. I am hoping this group will help me get my drive back.
01-27-2007 09:00 AM
I've been reading SF since the "Golden Age" of the 1950's. I always wished that I could write and create those fantastic worlds that I was reading of created by Heinlein, Asimov, Clarke, Simak, Anderson, McCaffrey, and others - and knew I could not! A few years ago I decided to take a couple of classes and see if one could learn how "writers" did their magical thing. I haven't yet discovered how those magicians perform their mysterious craft, but I am definitely enjoying the voyage of exploration and discovery.
I have started several different works in varying genres, but have not yet found the inspiration to start anything I would call SF, though I have been playing with one short-short in an alternate history vein.
Looking forward to interesting discussions and much learning.
01-27-2007 09:22 AM
01-27-2007 09:41 AM
I have published in the scientific literature (physics and medicine) but not fiction. I'm a research oriented M.D., Ph.D. who has been reading sf forever and occasionally dabbled at writing as a pleasant distraction. I'm now putting the finishing touches on a non-fiction book that took four months to put on paper, and would like the next serious writing project to be an sf novel that I've been kicking around in my head.
Best regards to everyone,
01-27-2007 09:49 AM
I'm Vanessa, a psychotherapist in private practice in the Atlanta area...I have been in love with speculative fiction/fantasy for many years. I have an idea for a novel that uses the world of dzjinn (jinn or genies) as its home. I have been looking for a support group for the writing process....I hope this is it...
01-27-2007 10:56 AM
I have several scenes and settings in my head, but none of them really connect with each other, and I haven’t been able to leverage any of them into anything of story length, so I’d like for this group to help me flesh out my ideas. Also, I tend toward a rather formal writing style—I’ve a strong sense of How English Should Be Used. It feels pretentious sometimes, which isn’t what I want, so I need some practice writing somewhat less formally, despite the pain it will cause
(Ack~! I’ll never get used to smiley-conversion.)
01-27-2007 10:58 AM
Looking forward to the discussions...
01-27-2007 11:58 AM
My name is Jim from Orlando, Florida. I'm fifty-four years old and a language arts teacher and a writer. At one time I wrote training and technical documents for a living at a large entertainment company here (you can probably guess which one if I tell you it's the biggest one in town) and was, for a time, a freelance writer specializing in interviews for AAAS's Next Wave web feature. I also wrote a mainstream novel for my master's thesis and it was published--two copies, one for me, one for the college library.
I've been reading and enjoying sf since the sixth grade and writing it for almost that long, but not in a serious way until 2001. Teaching takes up most of my time, but I still write when I can, and submit to magazines on occasion, and it would be nice to pick up more skills in reaching an sf audience that would lead to publication. That's my reason for trying out this new list.
01-27-2007 12:13 PM
I know we can all learn from each other and sound our ideas off one another, give and receive constructive criticism and make some new friends along the way. I look forward to chatting with each one of you, learning from you and helping each other with our attempts at writing, whatever it is we decide to write.
Glad to meet you.
01-27-2007 12:23 PM
I started writing a couple of years ago. I've finished a few short stories and 3 novels (2 soft sf and 1 contemporary fiction) but haven't published anything yet, although not for lack of trying. I've participated in online writing groups before and am trying to find one that fits.
I look forward to getting to know everybody and reading your work!
01-27-2007 12:26 PM
01-27-2007 12:54 PM
This is such a great idea. Thanks B&N
01-27-2007 01:11 PM
I spent my jr high/high school years in advanced literature classes that had me reading all the "classics," and my college degrees are German Lang & Lit and Russian Lang & Lit. Talk about dark and boring - no wonder my recreational preference is fantasy and scifi!
My current project is a non-magical, quasi-medieval fantasy novel geared towards a teen audience, although my hope is that it is engaging enough that it will be entertaining for adults as well. I am incorporating elements for a single sequel, but I am not currently planning a trilogy.
I also have one-page synopses for three other stories that could take a variety of forms, though all are less "epic" in nature than the one I am writing now.
Unfortunately, I have gotten to the point where I am having a hard time reading my work, as I have read it TOO MANY TIMES, and I am definitely losing fresh perspective. I am in the process of doing some cleaning up so that I can print it up and send it out to a couple of my readers.
I am looking forward to sharing ideas and experiences, and learning much!
01-27-2007 01:27 PM - edited 01-27-2007 01:27 PM
I mostly write fantasy, but I dabble in the Now also. My first non-fantasy short story was published in "Any Dreams Will Do," about a young man's relationship with a local college crazy. I've got some poems out there, two fantasy shorts, and I came in 6th place in the young fiction short story contest with Writers Digest magazine. I proudly proclaim I was published in "Tales of the Talisman," a story called "In Need of a Hero," which stars one of my planned series-novel characters, Kora, in a stand-alone tale. Another tale was in "Armchair Aesthete," called "Mule Boy," set in another world I created, populated by beastfolk and humans, which is an offshoot from another book I am writing.
I've got dozens in my head, from sci-fi (softly techie), fantasy (magic, mayhem, and mischief), to the occult-style that is a mix between the two with dashes of religion.
I'm 29 years old, and have been working on my projects since high school, no closer to the end than before, even though the ideas pile. I've got dozens others planned, fantasy and non-fantasy alike,...but there is this reluctance to start, and this fear to finish (I hate ending projects).
Otherwise, I work in a dead-end clerk job, married for almost seven years to a IT guy, am currently pregnant with our first child, and have two dogs, four cats, and a yard that is half-dead, even in the summer. I graduated from Eastern Michigan University in 1999 with two majors: English and American Literature and Language, and History (focus on the ancients). I recently graduated with an MBA in marketing from Baker's online college.
Books I read? Shards, my shelves are coated with books...McCaffrey, Lackey, Stascheff (Wizard in Rhyme series), Eddings (who started it all for me), M. Bohnhoff, J. Carey, and K. Elliott (recently). I also make sure to read a lot of history texts, as well as cultural readings (mythos, legends, etc).
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