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John H.

Minister of Befuddlement Emeritus


Las Vegas, NV

Member since:

April 20, 2005

How long have you called yourself a writer?

At age 8, I decided to be a writer, which was 50+ years ago! I called myself a writer when I was 18 and earned $5 a column for writing for a local newspaper. I'll finally FEEL like a writer the day I see a novel I wrote in Barnes & Ignoble, a goal 50+ years in the making (after a 30 year detour in screenwriting/TV!)

What changes would you like to see in your writing craft/talent with this group?

I'd like to learn more about all business aspects, agents & publishers; writing & selling novels, and how to specifically promote self-published books online. Also, to learn about the craft & anything else I can learn. I also like to hear how & why other novelists are going at this. (Coffee or lunch to talk shop? I'm at [masked])

What writing rituals/habits do you have, if any?

I'm retired so first daily goal finding anyone to have breakfast with, ideally to talk writing, or lunch, coffee, or I do weddings & barmitzvahs. If I can't scare up company, I write 5-6 pgs. a day, in the morning, since by aft., my brains turn to cinnamon-flavored applesauce. By evening? I flatline, watch TV, and dribble Chinese take-out down my front. Mr. Excitement. Vegas, baby!

What are your goals as a writer, if any?

See above. I want to write very commercial novels that I enjoy writing, make more money than God's older brother, then write whatever I want & have it all published & enjoyed by readers.


Former Hollywood screenwriter turned Vegas novelist. Formerly traditionally-publis­hing oriented, now turning to the dark side: self- pubishing. I wear the screenwriting patch & I'm on the 4th Step of recovery: write novels & make amends.

What John H. is saying about this Meetup Group

Writing is lonely and isolating and it helps a great deal to be around other writers. You can automatically feel supported, encouraged, plus directly learning stuff from other writers. AND we have speakers and topics. Plus drinks, laughs and the unmet friend. Also, if you are in danger of writing with confidence and approaching completion of your manuscript, you can join a critique group to then get bogged down, become riddled with conflicting opinions, due to the blonde-leading-the-bland nature of them, and add years to your completion date, if that is what you want. And I appreciate this feedback loop opportunity. My ongoing thanks to Steve Fey and all our speakers, our greeters, and everyone else who volunteer their time to make it all happen; they are doing a very good job. -- John Hill,

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