"Style, your either have it or you don't, and if you have it you have it all the time." - The Lovable Rogue
I have a few stories up at my blog is anyone wants to read them, the link is in my signature.
Writing is going well here - well, as well as can be expected when you procrastinate far too much.
Three projects in the works right now.
1) Novel - done with the rough draft and am editing.
2) Book contract! I'm writing a book on the POW camps in Nebraska during WW2. In the research phase.
3) Next article for "America in WWII" magazine - research phase.
How about you?
This is a cool thread, really enjoyed skimming through it and experiencing other writers' pain and agony at rejection. Misery loves company! heheh
I have a self-published novel on Amazon and Lulu. Funnily enough it is also a WWII novel, although more accurately post-WWII. Set in LA and Mexico. Yeah, its a hard-boiled noir style piece - oh dear, not another one haha. I had no idea novels set in that time frame were considered no-no's when it came to getting published. Ah well, I wrote it just to see if I could. Its not that long. Barely a novel. About 160 pages. But I was proud to finish it. You can search it on Amazon, its called Malone and the author is Mark Crozier.
The next one is a work in progress, I have about 30,000 words in, and its a slow process. Agonising is probably a more accurate term. heheh. It is more ambitious in scope than the first. Still labouring on it. I am hoping 35,000 words will be sort of a halfway mark. Really at this time I just want to finish it. My main motivation to having something published is that will give me a great kick to go into a bookstore and buy a copy of my own book, and go home and read it. I don't expect to ever make a dime from fiction writing. I am very skeptical about the publishing world, even more so now that I have read this thread heheh.
I really just want to finish the thing because I hate leaving things unfinished. And then read it right through. I get a kick out of reading my own work. Narcissist! heheh
Yay! Another writer! That's very cool about your post-WW2 noir book. I love those. There's such a great sense of place and mystery about them.
I'm agonizing over my writing today, too. Like pulling teeth, to use a very tired cliche. But this writing gig ain't for sissies.
Thanks for the warm welcome. I appreciate it. This is a link to my book in case you are interested: http://www.amazon.com/MALONE-ebook/d...e+mark+crozier
I dont know why it is listed at $10. I tried to drop the price but for some reason Amazon put it back up to that amount. Its also available on Lulu.com at a cheaper price and I far prefer their service to Amazon's. http://www.lulu.com/shop/mark-crozie...-20847620.html
I agree that writing is not for sissies! Its a brutal process. I admire your persistence. As someone wise once said: there is no substitute for persistence. I sincerely hope you crack the nod one day.
I never know whether I should call myself an aspiring writer or a writer. I have some textbook-y research publications under my belt and I've also written sort of fan-fic in the past. I'm also been writing a novel set in the early 17th century for a couple of years now (who doesn't love musketeers?) and that one is almost ready.
However, I have recently also taken part in an upcoming anthology of sci-fi novelettes and novellas. Not sure if anyone on this forum shares my love for the genre, but if you do, our publisher is currently running a fundraising to be able to publish the anthology and three other sci-fi novels as audio books. I'd really appreciate support for the cause, not only for myself, but for all those who have trouble reading (Dyslexia etc.) and who might still enjoy good sci-fi. For just £1 you get an ebook copy of already published short story anthology, Fusion, and for £5 you get that AND can choose to get the anthology where my story is included as well - making it a total of 40 stories in total.
After this anthology is out of the door, I'll return to the 17th century to finish my novel and start the next one.