December 29, 2012
I think the first step is just to get someone to care about your work. Having people reading it and telling me what they think (other than family!) would be really very nice. I also want to learn more about basic writing styles, and maybe break out of my genre's and write about things that aren't gory death and cheesy romance. (Always with an intricate story in there, of course.)
I have been a part of one (extremely bad) teenage writing club, and one (extremely bad) church writing club. In the teenage writing club, we often sat around the table and wrote about certain topics, then (if we wanted to) we would read them aloud. We would always end up with the typical responses, and far too many people never read them. In the church writing club, we sat in a giant room while one man who was totally full of himself stood there and talked about writing. So, I guess, technically, no, I have never been critiqued. My father and a few of my friends are writers; we've critiqued each other, if that counts.
My writing typically falls in the mystery/thriller genre - though I also sometimes write horror, slasher, romance, and fantasy. My stories usually revolve around death, the ultimate end - most of the time my stories search for meaning and I am unable to write frivolously. So, car accidents, structural collapses, fires, and (of course) murder often come immediately to my fingertips. As you guys already know, I overuse semicolons and have been trying hard to replace them all with hyphens!
My name is Anthony Ciarlante, and I am a writer. That's what Jeff Goins always says to say! I've written two novels to full length (though neither of them finished), and a massive amount of short stories. Like all writers, I hope to be published.