I write poetry, essays on art or stuff I find interesting, and would like to try some fiction, but I don't think I have the narrative bug in me.
I think I'm good, better than average, but I think I still have a long road to travel to develop myself as a writer, there are still many authors I'd like to read and know, so many poets, ideas...
Certainly. I have some proposals already and have published in some respectable places. However, I don't plan publishing my first book until I feel it's a high peak. I try to be as harsh as possible when reviewing my own writings and tend to dump what doesn't convince me.
I write essays on random topics for fun and to develop ideas, and I'm trying to write two or three non-fiction books that I think will probably take 3-5 years to complete. So far the books are kinda aphoristic, since I add prospective segments when I get a flash of inspiration on some random part, and don't really write them in sequence.
I write some fiction, mostly speculative short stories, mostly working out ideas that I don't want to do in non-fiction form. Gotten some attention but I'm just sort of amassing them at this point without any clear purpose.
I write pieces of shit short stories that never end up being more than 20 pages, and the project ends about a quarter or halfway through the story. I've managed to write one piece so far that is now at 30k words, still working with it because I like it so much.
I alternate between writing science fiction and fantasy, writing completely realistic fiction, and writing magical realism/weird fiction. It all kind of blends together for me, though, since I apply the same amount of thought and effort to all of it. I suppose that's the Borgesian influence on my work; "all fiction is fantasy," after all. I write short stories, novels, and flash fiction.
I do think I'm somewhat good. I went years without getting published anywhere, and I started to wonder if it would ever happen. However, just in the past two months I've been published in two separate places, in a magazine and on a website. I've also got an editor looking at one of my novels.
Don't give up, /lit/. An author I once exchanged emails with told me that the secret to being a great writer is persistence. If you're any good at all and you just keep going, sooner or later you'll have your day in the sun. Everyone who never became a published writer gave up too quickly.
Right now I'm working on a novel. I've never done any creative writting prior to this but hey, I figure the best way to start is to dive right in. It's a fantasy novel so most people on this board probably wouldn't like it. My goal from the beginning is to avoid typical fantasy tropes ie no magic, no big badguy who wants to take over/blow up the world, and instead focus on a smaller story with the focus on the characters. Tbh the only reason I do fantasy is so I don't need to adhere to any historical accuracy. As for it being good, probably not, buy it's still 1st draft, so I have plenty of time to improve. I'll only try getting published after I become satisfied with it, which may be never.
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