Thanks, Brian. My biggest challenge is just starting something but this will help make my continued procrastination seem a little more constructive. Man, this was just what I needed today! Thanks for sharing dude. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam.
Learn how your comment data is processed. January 21 years old Decided that I wanted to be a professional science fiction writer—that is, write stories that would appear in professional markets like my heroes Isaac Asimov, Barry Malzberg, Alfred Bester, C. Kornbluth, Joe Haldeman, etc.
Sent away for fiction guidelines snail mail—these were the days before the Internet took off.
- The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, January/February by C.C. Finlay;
- Jamie Todd Rubin.
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Began writing some stories—absolutely terrible, cliche, horrid stories which pain me to this day. But these stories had to be written if I was to learn anything at all about writing. Occasionally to the Big Three. Sometimes oh the agony to places like The New Yorker or Playboy.
But at least I was sending them out. Began receiving rejection slips.
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Lots of them. Began reading short fiction in a semi-regular way, with special attention to the stories in Science Fiction Age, which was a relatively new magazine at the time. It took me 19 submissions to get to this point. Noted a subtle change in my stories. They were less cliche, plots were somewhat tighter. Real characters began to appear. Write about 20 stories over the next 6 years, and added another 40 or so submissions and rejections. August 30 years old Moved to the east coast. Lull in writing for a while. But the desire remained and I started writing again.
Still a slow producer, one or two new stories a year. But these stories started to read like the stories I was reading in the magazines. Continued to submit and beginning around , I started receiving more rejection slips with editorial comments than form letters. Continued submitting stories and receiving rejection slips. Began to establish contacts mostly through my blog with other writers, already established in SF. December 34 years old Received word from IGMS that they wanted to print my story, and worked through the process of making some changes at the request of the editor.
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Soon after received my first contract and payment. April 35 years old Attended my first ever science fiction convention. Met Robert J. It was the highlight of my writing career thus far. Making contact with other writers proved key as it was yet another writer, Michael A. Burstein, who first put me in touch with Rob Sawyer. Another bonus of making that first sale. Continued to write, continued to submit, and continued to get rejections, including from IGMS. Persistence is key. Began attending more science fiction conventions to reinforce my contacts and establish new ones.
June 37 years old Our first child is born. Writing goes by the wayside for several months. I continue to submit stories, however. November 37 years old Successfully completed NaNoWriMo, writing more than 60, words of a novel in 30 days. Taught me that I can write 2, words every day if I put my mind to it. First time a story of mine has been reprinted. Completed the first draft of my first novel. November 41 years old Sold a story 4 hours after submitting it, thereby making the fastest sale I will probably ever make in my life. Hi Jamie, Well done I admire your tenacity, your grandpa would have been quite proud of you.
Do you ever think about that? Awesome, thanks for sharing.
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That gives me a lot of encouragement. Great insight! Really enjoyed reading this! Hi Jamie, I just finished reading your account of your long struggle to finally start succeeding as a writer, and just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed reading your story.
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Norman Cohen. Thank you for your candor, it helps me put it all into perspective. Worlds Without End Blog. Comments Cancel reply. Apart from doing a lot more background reading about Bean Nighe and various other interesting immortals who might have migrated to Australia, I actually jogged in all the areas where the story is set — I do a lot of jogging, especially at night.
Much of the research on mythology was done when I was a professional folk singer while an undergraduate. I used to sing a lot of ballads featuring mythological creatures, and because singers were expected to tell the audience a bit about the ballad, I read a lot of folklore books. Similarly, the material about computer systems and security courses all came from my background in computer engineering. The only danger with this approach is that if you use it too often, your fiction and characters become too familiar from story to story.
The ending was very difficult. Having exposed the serial killer, what does Peter do next? Go back to a slightly improved version of his former life? He has had a taste of a kind of superpower, and he likes it. She gives up her voice in return for legs, and Peter must remain celibate if he wants to retain second sight.
Most of us would probably consider that to be a pretty bad deal, so why do it? I eventually decided that his gift of second sight had shown him that he can have an important role in life, spotting the deadly enchantments that the rest of us mortals cannot see, and saving us from them. What was fun? I am a pretty senior karate instructor, so the idea of constructing a character with zero martial arts experience and writing from his point of view was a lot of fun.
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I had to teach myself to be timid and helpless, and think like a person who was clueless about fighting. One approach I used was talking to the white belt students in my karate classes about how they would react or feel in similar situations. Thus Peter had to use a combination of second sight, internet searches and a prepaid phone to save his friend Jilly from Knight, the serial killer. Bean Nighe washes the blood from the clothes of people who are about to die violently and they see her doing it. Do they understand her warning, run home and lock the door?
It is a task which allows her to exist, but it does no good for anyone else. Does Echo provide a worthwhile service by helping adulterers? Their husbands and wives would not agree. At least Peter tries to do more than just perform magical task which make him immortal. Quite a few elements of the story were lifted straight out of real life, even though they seem to me less likely than much of the magical fiction.
The lady with the urban fox was another, and the billionth scale model of the solar system is absolutely real.
Why does life often seem less likely than fiction? I wish I knew. It would make writing fiction a lot easier.www.impaviduscollection.com/wp-includes/cheshire/2625-free-classroom.php
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I wrote the first draft of this story so fast. The idea seized me and the point of view, for me, was easy. I write a lot of robot-pov stories. It frees me to be analytical. So we have this cold, thoughtful machine in a war zone, and what more barren soil could you find for poetry to bloom? But it does, like a wildflower busting through a crack in concrete. What was the inspiration for this story, or what prompted you to write it? I have to make an embarrassing confession. I came up with an excuse for the battle robot to be female the fake breasts are ammunition storage and wham!
I had a draft in no time. My dad told me lightheartedly of his time as a machine-gunner in the Marines, not knowing I was taking down every visceral detail to populate a future war story. His friends had stories, too, and my great uncle had been a medic in World War II and conveyed perfectly the dark absurdity. I can still see Professor Bishop pacing the church-like sanctuary of Clarke Hall, rolling the vowels extravagantly in his Australian accent. I never quite hear it right. Maybe I talk funny. But it keeps nagging my brain demanding to be perfected. Such a short question and such a hard one!
Fear of obscurity? A compulsion to always be talking? I think most writers are slightly damaged people. Look at me! Look what I can do! My dad was a construction worker and a fine artist. I read a lot of CJ Cherryh and Asimov as a kid. Mary Turzillo is my writing-mom. She taught me everything but how to type. The poor dears.
I like to always have a novel, a short story, and a poem going at all times. I work best with all burners going. Click on Ms.