May 12, 2012
I've been a journalist, professional editor and nonfiction writer for years but I'd like to explore fiction. I'm interested in writing a mystery novel ultimately but I've dabbled in short stories and wouldn't mind doing some shorter writing exercises to get the juices flowing again. I've been in a writing group before but it was a long, long time ago. I have a couple of nonfiction books under my belt but they were written for work. I was editor of Novel and Short Story Writer's Market for 10 years back in the 90s and it seemed odd even then that I was advising fiction writers on marketing their work but I was not writing much myself outside my jobs (at the publisher and on a newspaper). When it comes to fiction I'm a newby.
I love to read mysteries and a little SF but I like general fiction. My tastes pretty much run the gamit from Dickens to Hillerman. I LOVE to read and listen to poetry. I don't write it, but I appreciate it. I'm always amazed at the readings I go to I'm usually the only "fan" without a poem of my own to read. I like spoken word a lot, too. I'm pretty open when it comes to reading. I read a TON of nonfiction, blogs, magazines, that sort of thing. I feel like I should read more though.
Hi, I'm a writer/editor but I've not been writing outside work (except for my blog) for, well, years. I'm "over committed" and am trying to get my priorities straight. I'm starting to feel "someday" is slipping away so I need to get writing again.
Now, we're really cookin' with lots of writers participating. I'm learning a lot!