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Do you write for a living or hobby?

Asked by MoxieGal (358points) August 12th, 2010

Have you ever been published? If so, in what medium? Do you write for fun or profit? How long have you been doing it? Do you enjoy it?

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wundayatta's avatar

I’ve never been published except once I got $25 from the Utne Reader for a write-up about my salon group. That was twenty years ago, but I still remember it like it was yesterday! I think I still have a copy of the issue in my file cabinet or something.

I write for fun, so obviously I enjoy it, or I wouldn’t do it.

MissA's avatar

I write music, but haven’t pursued the possibilities. Yet, I hope.

Vunessuh's avatar

I have a pretty big imagination and I’ve been screenwriting for the past 8 years or so.
When I was really young, I would always write short stories and soon after I became incredibly fascinated with film so I decided to combine my two hobbies of writing and watching/studying movies and voila! Trying my hand at screenwriting was one of the best choices I have ever made. I’ve had successes here and there and great experiences and opportunities. I have several writing credits on IMDb as well as a script of mine that was filmed last year.

I usually write feature length dramas. My screenplays have been described as disturbing, uncomfortable and gritty, yet inspiring. I do try to write about real-life topics that people can relate to, yet I don’t sugarcoat these topics. I translate how they are in real life up on the big screen, hence the disturbing and uncomfortable factor that arises in my stories. I feel like I have found my purpose in life: writing to improve human life. I absolutely love what I do. It makes me happy and being able to help other people with the stories I have written (some true) is one of the best parts.

rpm_pseud0name's avatar

Was first published (poems I wrote) when I was in elementary school. In high school, my writing won me a laptop. In college – was paid & published in a literary journal (with essays written on the high school won laptop). Now I write/edit screenplays on a new laptop (which was paid for with money from college writings) & I have now been doing scripts for the last 5 years. I like that I ended up where I am today, most likely because of this chain reaction that began about 15 years ago.

Austinlad's avatar

Both! Back in my ad agency days, I wrote many hundreds of ads that appeared in newspapers and magazines, and also many hundreds of TV and radio commercials that ran both in local markets and nationally. These days, at my full-time job in marketing, I write mostly Web content and emails. I also do paid freelance writing. I pen a quarterly movie review for a magazine, as well as articles for the same publication. And for myself I maintain a movie review blog, and write poems and short stories, several of which have been published.
My favorite “review” came from the author Tom Wolfe (“The Right Stuff”) with whom I worked at a NY newspaper. I showed him a short piece I had written about my experience at the 1963 March on Washington (where King said “I have a dream”). In a short written note, he suggested I change one word (“but” to “and”), which gave the sentence new meaning and clarity, and then declared the piece “excellent writing.” He wrote that review on a piece of light brown newspaper “foolscap,” which I have still have.

ParaParaYukiko's avatar

I started writing short stories when I was in third grade. In high school, I wrote poems, stories, and even tried writing my own novel (it failed, of course, because it was a stupid plot line that I had invented when I was in 8th grade). Unfortunately, a creative writing course I took my first semester of my freshman year in college (four years ago) killed my interest in creative writing until this past year, when I’ve slowly begun to write once more, but just a little bit. It’s kind of sad how my biggest passion from most of my school career was all but extinguished by a single college course.

As for publication, I’ve never had any of my creative writing published, but I did write for my high school newspaper way back when. I’m too self conscious about my creative writing to ever publish it, I think.

DominicX's avatar

I write short stories and novellas for fun. Don’t ever really intend to get published, I just like writing for myself and for friends. I tend to write horror or surreal stories, though recently I was exploring fantasy.

I’ve been writing my own stories since I was 5. I’ve been working on short stories and novellas for several years now and I recently returned to a horror novel project I began a while ago. I do intend to finish it. I enjoy writing, but I also find it to be difficult, especially when stricken with a bout of writer’s block.

daytonamisticrip's avatar

I love writing. Whenever i have the chance i continue writing my book.

stranger_in_a_strange_land's avatar

I don’t write for a living, but I’ve been paid for articles written for specialized publications, mostly historical pieces. I’ve also done considerable writing for an encyclopedic online site and several other sites related to military history and firearms collecting. I wish I could do creative writing but the muse has passed me by on that.

jerv's avatar

I occasionally do some sci-fi scribbling, mostly to help me with developing the world and NPCs (Non-Player Characters) in the role-playing games I run.

I haven’t seriously considered trying to get anything published since I do not wish to deal with the whole process of trying to sell myself and dealing with the bureaucracy inherent in business.

wundayatta's avatar

Please don’t laugh. Sometimes I’ve wondered if anything I write here could be published. But I can’t imagine who would be interested in this kind of thing. It is a dream of mine to be good enough to be paid for my writing some day.

mattbrowne's avatar

Almost no one writes for a living if you look at the total numbers.

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