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September 24, 2008 Leave a comment

So, this is my second post in one day.  There must be something wrong with me, huh?

Well, as we speak, there is a published fiction writer giving a talk on the floor below me.  He’s probably standing directly beneath where my desk is.  And I’m not there because I’m working and therefore have to be at my desk.

So what if I’ve never heard of this guy (Stephen Hunter, anyone read him?) or read any of his books (47th Samurai and soon-to-be-published “Night of Thunder”) but he’s a fiction writer and goddamnit, that’s just my dream job.  It would have been nice to be able to hear what he had to say about being a writer.

I’ve been trying to read more about the best ways for me to become a professional writer and almost everyone says to try and write for a local newspaper or magazine.  Gross.  That’s all I have to say.  Gross.  I do not want to write for a newspaper. It just seems so cut and dry, so fast paced, so boring. All of the journalism professionals that I work for would be hissing if they knew I felt that way. I would consider writing for a magazine because I feel like that’s more creative, but I’m still kind of on the “eh” end of that. I know as a young writer that I shouldn’t be picky, but how is someone supposed to write if they’re not inspired to do it?  

I do need to do some more research and see if there are any magazines I’d be interested in writing for.  I’m sure there’s one out there, but I’m going to play the “I’m busy card” for a couple of weeks. I’m moving on Saturday. I have to unpack.  But maybe, since I’m at least acknowledging that there is a step I can take, I will be more obliged to do it.  Wish me luck.

P.S. Does it count that I’ve started writing more? Maybe this will get me some more exposure and I’ll find my blogging “niche” and start getting readers. I need to look into blog rings/find bloggers willing to trade links.

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