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Subject: Just curious
Date Posted: 3/19/2007 10:15 AM ET
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What type of writing do you do or are you working on right now?  Or what do you want to do?

I've done several types of writing in the past - I have a degree in Journalism and wrote for newspapers for awhile pre-kids. I also wrote a book for a local organization about its history. Right now I'm doing some freelance work for a friend's company that's basically writing summaries for a website.

Since I had kids I've thought I'd be good at writing children's books but I've never actually done any writing for children. I just read some of the stuff my son brings home and think I could do better. lol  I'm reading a book by his current favorite author - George Stanley - about writing for children...

So, what do you do?

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Date Posted: 3/19/2007 11:16 AM ET
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Date Posted: 3/19/2007 12:37 PM ET
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My first novel, ALL THE NUMBERS, was published by Random House last summer.  I'm now working on what I hope will be my second novel (my goal is to have a finished manuscript by June).  We'll see.  I try to write every morning (at least 4 days a week) for an hour or two.  1000-1500 words/day is my goal.



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Date Posted: 3/19/2007 10:31 PM ET
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I write a lot of shorts and have a novella finished and being edited and Im working on a full length book. My genre is paranormal or mystery. I also do a bit of YA work in both genres. Im hoping to get my novella edited to send to some agents for representation and Im going to send a few shorts to some lit mags soon.
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Date Posted: 4/26/2007 11:40 PM ET
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I've written short stories and poetry, some of which have been published. Now I'm deciding whether to work on a full-length book or a movie script, since I have a couple of ideas for each.
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Date Posted: 5/5/2007 11:08 AM ET
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I began writing articles about homeschooling in the mid-90's, soon after I began homeschooling.  Then I realized it was a great way to earn a little extra while being a SAHM and homeschooler, so branched out and wrote articles for anyone who would publish them.  I focused on parenting, education issues, and health, as well as home repair and renovation.  I was published on-line, in small and large city publications (like San Diego Parent, and Toledo Parent).  I wrote a column for a homeschool periodical called "The Link" and for "Family Times", also a homeschool publication.  I had a non-fiction book published in 2001, "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Homeschooling".  For two years I freelanced for two local newspapers, covering city council and school board meetings, and developing human interest stories I peddled to the newspapers and a side publication, "The Laker" which focuses on people and events in our area.  For three years I was a member of RWA and MM-RWA (Mid-Michigan Romance Writers of America) and attempted to write romance.  Somehow life kept getting in the way of that project, and I never did complete a ms.  During that time, though, I attended writer's workshops and learned a lot about the publishing business and writing, and perhaps in the future I will actually write some fiction.  Meantime, my non-fiction book went out of print over a year ago, and the rights reverted back to me.  I was recently approached by a small press, Home Education Press, the publishers of "Home Education Magazine", the oldest homeschool publication in existence, to rewrite and update my book for republication.  I signed the contract last week and have begun working on the updates.  I'm very excited about the book becoming available in a new, improved, and updated version WITHOUT the IDIOT part of the title!  :-)  I currently am a regular contributor at the Life Without School weblog. 
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Date Posted: 5/6/2007 8:24 PM ET
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I have just had my first book published, a world cookbook for homeschoolers with cultural info and activites. I am also negotiating a contract right now for a children's historical fiction series. I have just started some editing on the side in the past year, and I love it! I have edited a couple of books now, and found it much more enjoyable than writing. It is more fun for me to improve on someone else's work than having to come up with my own!

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Date Posted: 5/17/2007 3:51 AM ET
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congratulations!  One of mine will be in an anthology. We celebrate this saturday. We've had to edit stories in college here. I kind of like it. Often its a repetitive thing done over and over throughout the story. such as the use of fragments like this. hah. I started using a red pen to correct them, and at least once went through and rewrote or combined  sentence/s. They can use it or not but at least I offered.

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Date Posted: 5/21/2007 5:07 AM ET
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First of all, I would like to say Congrats to those who have gotten a book out there in this world, and to those who have actually finished a manuscript or even a short story. And good luck to those trying to get your work published.


I am at the moment, working on my second novel. The first one I got half way through, and I just couldn't finish it. I worked on it for 3 years, got half way done, and could not stand the charecters anymore.

This second one I have high hopes for. Though I'm only 500 words into the story, I do have half the story line planned out and charecter descriptions I am happy with. The heroine, Princess Christabelle, is very much like me, so let's hope I never tire of her ;) and her surrounding cast is all based off of some of my friends.

I do have a couple stories published at a childrens site I go to all the time. I'm not sure if I can post it here, so I won't :x I have one short story for said site that I have finished and LOVE but am working on my horrible grammar on it =D So it hasn't been posted up yet. Maybe someone would be willing to help? (pm me if you would like to) I have several other small stories I have to get posted up to the site.

Back in high school I was in both Year Book and NewsPaper, did pretty well there.

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Date Posted: 5/21/2007 5:59 PM ET
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I'm an education reporter for a Bay Area (California) newspaper. I've also written sports and crime, as well.

Some day I'll get that sort-of planned novel off the ground - lots ideas for several novels and even a working title for one but no motivation to sit down and write it yet.

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Date Posted: 5/22/2007 9:49 AM ET
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It's so interesting to meet others who write novels !

I write about dollhouse miniatures, and how to's. Though I have had a couple published in a magazine called American Miniaturist, would someday love to write a book on my collection, or the hobby of miniatures in itself. For right now, I'm just addicted to books and hobby magazines!lol!

As you can probably tell by now, I'm a newbie here, but really enjoying and its forums!



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Date Posted: 5/23/2007 10:20 AM ET
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I do novels and am actively searching for what'll turn out to be my second agent (first for this project). You can read about my characters and my world at my blog; I'm having a terrific time with it and some days, I think that if Trevor's Song never gets published but the blog continues to be as successful as it has been so far, I'll be happy with that.

The rest of the time, I push myself to write better and better fiction. For the blog and for novel-length stuff.

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Date Posted: 5/25/2007 10:02 AM ET
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I had no idea there were so many accomplished writers on PBS. That's so awesome. As an avid reader, I'm very supportive of writers. Congratulations to everyone who has published a book, which I know is incredibly competitive and difficult. In the past, I've written a regular column for an online e-zine; travel essays online; and an article about homeschooling for a homeschool mag. Also, I edit works of fiction including novels. I've recently finished writing two more homeschooling articles. I am working on a project on travel, as well.
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Date Posted: 7/6/2007 12:59 AM ET
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I write entertainment articles for  the local newspaper. I also write general interest stuff for multiple websites.  I've written one book with a partner (our agent is shopping it around, but it isn't looking good) and have now started on my first solo novel.  I'm only about  1500 words into it, but like Clawdee, I like the characters, have a full plot outline and have high hopes for it.

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Date Posted: 7/16/2007 8:14 PM ET
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I'll throw my hat in the writing ring too :)  I'm a business writer and write primarily for Entrepreneur. My fifth book is about how to start a photography business and will be out on the shelves in October. I have a couple of other types of books that seriously deviate from the business world tickling the back of my mind that I hope to put on paper some day. Its nice to see other writers here at PBS!


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Date Posted: 7/17/2007 6:25 PM ET
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It does make sense that there would be so many writers here *winks*

I've nothing published so far. The one novel still needs a clean-up and rewrite before I try again.

At the moment, my forte is Transformers fan fiction. It's something I love dearly, love the characters, can elaborate and enhance - within reason, lol - to my heart's content while honing the character development, plot, etc skills

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Date Posted: 7/20/2007 2:07 AM ET
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I'm writing my first novel(s)...always have ideas bouncing around in my head and I have to get them down on paper.  I write romance....leaning toward the paranormal and historical.  I love all my characters.  And I hope I never get sick of them :-)


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Date Posted: 7/21/2007 3:08 AM ET
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Hi everyone.  It's so great hearing about what everyone is writing or has written.  I haven't published anything yet (unless you count the time I submitted a poem to one of those compilation books), but am working on a ms for the Harlequin Super Romance line.  I have started a few ms's, but never finished one, but they are having a contest with a deadline in October that I plan to enter.  Other than that, I have written poems since I was about 11 or 12 and I have a couple children's books in mind, but haven't written those yet either.  LOL


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Date Posted: 7/24/2007 4:39 PM ET
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I am working on a romance novel that is being considered for publication... just waiting for an answer. I also have several childrens books finished and still submitting them to various publishers. Still waiting to be published!
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Date Posted: 7/31/2007 10:11 PM ET
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I'm a screenwriter working within various subgenres of comedy.  My first produced movie, a broad comedy called AMERICAN SUMMER, is currently in post-production, hopefully soon to hit a theater near you.

Before this movie stuff, I wrote short stories, one of which was published here:

If you're writing a screenplay or just thinking about one, feel free to contact me -- I'm happy to help if I can! to my blog.

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Date Posted: 8/2/2007 2:08 PM ET
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Julie, that is so cool about your screenplay!  I recognized a couple of the actors and it looks like it will be a fun movie. Please let us know when it comes out.


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Date Posted: 8/7/2007 1:50 PM ET
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I haven't published since high school and I don't want to say how long ago that was.  Back then I did a very successful musical review that played in a hometown auditorium and one short story that was published in a literary mag.

Meanwhile, I'd like to write some memoirs.  I just have to figure out how to make a cohesive story out of my life's material.


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Date Posted: 8/7/2007 7:31 PM ET
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I've been writing since I was a kid, it seems.  I've never finished anything really, but a few short stories that are important to me and a couple of fan fics (curse them, for being so easy!)  The problem is, I get so many ideas.  I'm writing something and then suddenly I get an idea and become totally absorbed in it, and can't focus on what I was writing.  I like to write young adult stuff- usually with a touch of fantastic.