Writing, My Magnificent Obsession
I've wanted to be a professional writer for years. Years and years. It's why I majored in English in college. I even considered getting a master's in Creative Writing, but eventually decided in favor of the Instructional Technology and Library Science degrees. Why? Two reasons. The first was that I couldn't think of a single writer publishing professionally that had a master's in Creative Writing. Lots of them had advanced degrees, but in some other field. The second and ultimately more important reason was that Lisa pointed out that I was going to need a day job to help pay the bills while I learned the fine art of writing. A creative writing degree isn't usually listed on most job descriptions, so I decided for something a bit more practical.
I've been writing for a while now (since 1991), and submitting my work seriously since 1994. In that time I have managed to get some things published. Mostly short stories, but also some poetry. If you're curious, take a look at my modest bibliography. It isn't much, but I'm proud of it anyway.
In an effort to help spur me on in writing, I post a writing journal to announce my rejections, publications, and occasional opinions on writing and other things in my life.
Back when I was completing my MLS, I created an online resource guide for would-be writers. It's in need of updating, and someday I'll get around to it. But it does have some useful stuff on it, so feel free to take a look. One thing it does have that I'm updating on a regular basis is a list of quotations on writers and writing. Be warned; it's a largish file (60k).
The one thing most writers have trouble dealing with is rejection.
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Last updated 1 June 2000
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