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post May 6 2006, 11:57 AM
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My question is this: How do i go about getting a short story published? Alot of magazines don't seem to want to take unsolicited material, so does this mean I need to get an agent?
Should I just spend the money to self-publish (there are place here in SF that do that, but it seems kind of like a scam)?
This is what I really should be doing with my life, but I don't have any idea how to get my stuff out there.

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post Jul 23 2008, 02:06 AM
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I want to read What It Is, too! Unfortunately I don't have the money right now, and it's not at the library, so I'll have to wait. I will be getting more creative writing books tomorrow, and I'm finishing up Virginia Woolf Writing Workshop right now.

Anna K, your writing on Asperger's Syndrome sounds really interesting. I'm taking a Theories of Learning class right now, and was thinking of writing my paper on something in that realm.

Crazyoldcatlady, I have to admit I am very shy about my writing. Not only that, but what I'm working on now seems hard to summarize with just a few cohesive statements, because I think the writing is well....abstract and weird. Like, I tell my mom everything because we're very close, but I never even tell her what my stories are about, because so much of my writing is extracted from real-life situations, especially family, and I don't want her to recognize that! There are no thinly veiled people (except myself, maybe! is that narcissistic?), just situations. Also I'm afraid I will tell people what's it's about, and people will be like, oh my god what a steaming pile of shit. I am going to try and write a short summary of it, and make it sound really good and not like dogshit, but I will have to do post it later because I just got my August BUST issue, so....I gotta go read! But will post it later this week.

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saktii   The Writer's Block   May 6 2006, 11:57 AM
venetia   The Writer's Block   May 7 2006, 07:30 PM
demoness   The Writer's Block   May 17 2006, 05:18 AM
demoness   The Writer's Block   May 17 2006, 05:18 AM
sukouyant   There's a Canadian show called Imprint that di...   Aug 22 2006, 09:38 AM
venetia   Argh, I wish I wasn't on dial-up.   Sep 8 2006, 04:12 PM
spirit lust   My question is this: How do i go about getting a ...   Oct 5 2006, 06:38 AM
little_idiot   Another important thing is to get to know the mark...   Oct 5 2006, 10:13 AM
cleanoldguy   'little_idiot', who clearly isn't an i...   Oct 5 2006, 12:16 PM
spirit lust   Yep, good points, little_idiot (not) and cleanoldg...   Oct 5 2006, 06:13 PM
faith   Anyone doing NaNoWriMo? (   Oct 25 2006, 12:39 PM
bunnyb   it's definitely the right (or write) thread fo...   Oct 25 2006, 01:38 PM
wombat   Oh, RATS!! I only discovered NaNoWriMo at ...   Nov 23 2006, 04:25 PM
raisingirl   Bumping for Free Spirit.   Dec 31 2006, 07:45 AM
wombat   thankee, raisin! I think the trouble is that c...   Dec 31 2006, 12:03 PM
chachaheels   Oh, Wombat, the collective creative endeavor can b...   Jan 1 2007, 11:23 AM
wombat   True enough, chacha!   Jan 1 2007, 12:44 PM
sukouyant   Bumpity bump   Jul 4 2007, 05:43 PM
Moonpieluv   Ohhh... yes. I've been backed up blocked like...   Jul 31 2007, 12:58 PM
sukouyant   Moonluvpie, The Bustie formerly (currently? where ...   Aug 3 2007, 05:02 PM
bunnyb   I like books, want to be around them, and want to ...   Aug 18 2007, 09:37 AM
raisingirl   MissThing has migrated to LJ-land and she does sti...   Aug 19 2007, 07:57 PM
girlbomb   The 100 word commitment sounds great. Also, as cor...   Aug 20 2007, 03:09 PM
bunnyb   I need to discipline myself to write morning pages...   Aug 21 2007, 05:27 AM
Moonpieluv   Thanks for keeping this thread going! I still...   Aug 21 2007, 07:38 AM
raisingirl   Oh no, GB. No, no, no, no, no! *rubs eyes* ...   Aug 21 2007, 01:58 PM
tatiana   Arrrgh. I've had four months off in betweeen t...   Aug 21 2007, 06:48 PM
girlbomb   Oh, raisingirl, I know -- the whole Artist's W...   Aug 22 2007, 06:04 AM
sukouyant   .. It's not an easy task, writing, but if you...   Aug 23 2007, 09:51 PM
raisingirl   Hee. I like that we are talking about this, GB...   Aug 22 2007, 12:00 PM
sybarite   *laughing as raisin rips apart The Artist's Wa...   Aug 23 2007, 08:28 AM
sukouyant   the thread killah!   Aug 30 2007, 09:32 AM
girlbomb   No, it's just that everybody's so busy, uh...   Aug 30 2007, 04:14 PM
sukouyant   No, it's just that everybody's so busy, uh...   Sep 3 2007, 06:45 AM
bunnyb   I shouldn't have told anyone I had made tentat...   Sep 3 2007, 02:33 PM
girlbomb   I would only call myself an actual writer (as opp...   Sep 6 2007, 03:49 PM
Alotta Errata   Bunny... that's how I feel about telling peopl...   Sep 5 2007, 08:31 PM
sukouyant   Alotta, me too on an current academic essay. Love ...   Sep 6 2007, 06:09 AM
bunnyb   In my heart I'm a writer but I think that intr...   Sep 6 2007, 04:50 PM
crazyoldcatlady   In my heart I'm a writer but I think that intr...   Sep 6 2007, 06:41 PM
raisingirl   Well, since I'm always gonna be a Smug Twat, I...   Sep 6 2007, 07:33 PM
girlbomb   bunnnyb, I totally get where you're coming fro...   Sep 6 2007, 08:29 PM
raisingirl   Thanks, GB, and I'm going to have to find that...   Sep 7 2007, 06:31 AM
Garlic   Really? No way! I think being an actual writer...   Sep 9 2007, 09:34 AM
bunnyb   As previously explained, it is my reasoning for no...   Sep 9 2007, 01:05 PM
crazyoldcatlady   i think i might start coming out of the writer...   Sep 9 2007, 02:41 PM
raisingirl   Confession time. I still haven't sent that le...   Sep 27 2007, 06:37 AM
crinoline   garlic- I have found that it works for me to go ah...   Sep 27 2007, 08:48 AM
raisingirl   Are any of you going to do nanowrimo this year?   Oct 29 2007, 08:11 PM
sukouyant   I still don't have the time or da' noive. ...   Oct 30 2007, 02:15 PM
crazyoldcatlady   i totally want to raisin, but i've got a large...   Oct 30 2007, 05:34 PM
raisingirl   Nice job, COCL! Yeah, I think I'm gonna d...   Oct 30 2007, 08:03 PM
crazyoldcatlady   i've been through so many muses over the years...   Nov 3 2007, 06:03 PM
raisingirl   I didn't end up doing the NaNoWriMo after all,...   Dec 7 2007, 10:01 PM
datagirl   I haven't been on here in ages and I'd usu...   Jan 4 2008, 04:53 PM
yess   I am planning on writting a short story about a wo...   Jan 28 2008, 05:56 PM
sexysandee   For the past few years I have been posting my writ...   Feb 8 2008, 07:57 AM
crazyoldcatlady   r_c; i haven't had the problem, altho on march...   Mar 3 2008, 05:48 AM
crazyoldcatlady   also, is that you on the mainpage???? :)   Mar 3 2008, 07:48 PM
olivarria   When did the writer's block thread die? I...   Jul 19 2008, 09:49 PM
crazyoldcatlady   yeah, we closted writers (nice term, btw) are like...   Jul 20 2008, 07:47 AM
olivarria   I know what you mean - it's difficult to make ...   Jul 20 2008, 02:05 PM
anna k   Most of my writing is blog posts, but I'm tryi...   Jul 21 2008, 09:38 AM
crazyoldcatlady   r_c, what is lynda barry's book about? (i supp...   Jul 21 2008, 08:20 PM
kissmeducky   One of my guilty self-indulgences is to flip throu...   Jul 28 2008, 02:32 AM
olivarria   I'm feeling a little shy about posting the sum...   Aug 11 2008, 01:04 AM
Gypsymoth   olivarria- I just read Reading Like a Writer. I go...   Aug 11 2008, 06:52 AM
crazyoldcatlady   oliv- it's totally understandable to hold your...   Aug 13 2008, 06:47 PM
anna k   I read Reading Like a Writer too! It was a goo...   Aug 14 2008, 09:09 AM
olivarria   Yes I have considered joining a writer's works...   Aug 14 2008, 01:33 PM
WriterTypePerson   Hi, all. I just joined up. I'm finally able ...   Aug 27 2008, 03:41 PM
crazyoldcatlady   no memoir type stuff, but i can say i've used ...   Sep 14 2008, 06:30 PM
auralpoison   I have taped this on a bunch of stuff in my house ...   Nov 10 2008, 10:04 AM
anarch   from Bitch magazine, Anna Clark, The Ambition Cond...   Nov 12 2008, 06:29 PM
purplestain   anarch, THANK YOU for linking to such a great arti...   Nov 27 2008, 04:05 PM
anna k   I didn't feel so confident about my writing th...   Nov 30 2008, 01:55 PM
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anarch   purplestain, I'm glad you liked that article...   Dec 9 2008, 12:42 AM
stargazer   It's about musicians, but the larger point is ...   Dec 9 2008, 01:44 PM
anarch   i also think of writing as being similar to jazz. ...   Dec 9 2008, 07:19 PM
crazyoldcatlady   yeah, i'm all about the freewriting, star; it ...   Dec 9 2008, 08:46 PM
alluna   Did anyone try the NaNoWriMo this year? I 'fai...   Dec 16 2008, 08:44 AM
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raisingirl   I think I want to break up with my writing group. ...   Jan 26 2009, 10:22 AM
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stargazer   This 11 yr-old writer made me feel like a slacker.   Feb 4 2009, 02:21 PM
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