About 15 years ago, a lot of research and writing were done for a novel. Approximately 150 pages were written and some critical articles were save to produce a science fiction story with historically base events throughout.
I am currently rewriting much of the story with several ideas on how to publish.
To the writers on FAA, reading well crafted prose by creative artists is one of my favorite pastimes. Please comment on your experience writing and tell us about the genre and writers that attracts you to this powerful art form.
I was brought up with a home library. My grandfather had all of the great classics, most handbound. Gorgeous drawn pictures under special paper to save the ink. Gold leaf. I was allowed to read them, hold them, use them as they were meant to be used. It gave me the love of old books I retain to this day. After being homeless and finally getting my life back on track I started growing my own library and now own my own, very old books, still held and read.
Starting to write for myself was a natural extension of this.
I'm now in the early throes of a murder mystery...a fantasy... And a yearning to have far more imagination than I actually have. More time would help also.
I love authors. I adore paper, especially blank paper that is a complete invitation to anyone who knows how to work the magic. I have to be surrounded by books. Perhaps yours will one day grace my shelves.
I hope to have a copy of your mystery Abbie. In the conclusion, does the assailant get Banned?
Ah! Murder mystery; a staple around the Drew house growing up! My eighty year old mother still reads a murder mystery about once every two weeks or so.
It the Florida summer heat, as a child I had a choice. One was stay outside and play and the other was come inside where it was cool and read. More times than not I elected to stay outside playing ,cooling my self off with a garden sprinkler or digging in the sand behind our home were sand dunes were abundant. But when I came inside, Agatha Christie and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle always were there waiting to be consumed. If it wasn't for my mother's insistence, reading would have been off my childhood to do list!
I am sure at least half of what I have written will be rewritten and the sources reestablished. I also need to write another 150 pages or so. No where near finish with the story. I may try to publish the story in parts. A series within a periodical.
I have a major flaw (I am not sure if you have ever read any of my work on my personal site) in that I write in short hand. I cannot seem to flow with large, flowery sentences. Instead I have a short, almost terse, style.
But I am very lucky in that I have great friends who keep egging me on :-)
I'm a journalist and most of my writing has been news reporting. I love to read - anything, fiction and nonfiction, including cereal boxes. I do write. I write short, choppy stories both fiction and nonfiction. Sometimes I enter them in competitions. Right now I'm re-reading Wolf Hall for the fourth time. I just love that novel and most historical works and biographies. Also, I love to write about art and artists - I have my eye on some here for when I contract with another art magazine as possible subjects. :-)
Good luck with the re-write, Drew. For me, as per my many images here, there is always the writing of the Description as a
very important part of my 'expression' about the image. Some do read the Descriptions and comment..that pleases me.
I did have to write the entire copy for the article published a while ago, about me. I'm the opposite of Abbie.....too florid....
suits me, being a drama queen. Never attempted a book, per se. I've been asked by girlfriends, (not ex-boyfriends,lol) to
write 'the story' of my (wayward) life, for posterity. Of two minds on that......maybe I have to wait till the family completely
disowns me, to be free of that constriction,shock for them. I grew up on our huge library of 'the classics' and went from
there to .... well, more classics.............................
Yes, I am a writer. I'm more than halfway finished writing my first fiction novel. I'm going to finish a non-fiction book which I've already started as soon as the fiction novel is completed. I'm gathering BETA readers in anticipation of my first draft. The non-fiction one will call upon my work learning about the nature of reality and how we create our personal reality.
I will also always be a painter, but love both expressions.
Nice to have someone mention it here on this site Drew.
WOW! What a nice reply by a great group of writers. I will reply to all after I digest each of your valued commentary.
“I have a major flaw (I am not sure if you have ever read any of my work on my personal site) in that I write in short hand. I cannot seem to flow with large, flowery sentences. Instead I have a short, almost terse, style.”
Abbie, I will take the time to read some of your writings on your site. Terse? My personality can be described with such terminology. While I have made great efforts to be diplomatic in my forum writing style over the last couple of years, my true direct, candid nature is part of my writing style too. This is part of why most of my novel is being rewritten. Of course, there is a character or two who have a terse nature within the story.
I also want to take a look at your site because I am considering expanding my site to include a periodical that focuses on the STEAM movement. This my be the platform I publish my novel as a series over a dozen or so issues.
My daughter has quite a bit of journalism experience and I just may invest in a paper form of the magazine. She has a real passion for journalism, art, and science too and it may be an avenues she could build on in the future to further her valuable public voice.
Hi again! so soon eh?
I also write about my paintings on FAA. Some people comment to me that they enjoy that as much as the paintings. Yay! Both make me smile, inside and out. I always wish that people commented more on the site, but people are busy. I get that. I will still write about each painting.
“I'm a journalist and most of my writing has been news reporting.”
Carel, thank you so much for adding your professional expertise to this thread. As I mentioned earlier to Abbie, my daughter has a real love for journalism and she writes, edits, and does the layout design for one of the top ten high schools in the nation.
Drew, years ago (as a graphic designer) I was invited to become a copywriter at Better Homes and Gardens. I demurred, thinking of myself not as a writer but as an artist. About 25 years ago I began writing down my experiences growing up on an Iowa farm followed by then hunting stories for my buddies. And then poetry. I have since written many, many short stories and poems. Years ago my hometown paper (in Iowa) began "publishing" my stories. Today I routinely attend open mic events to "shout out" my poems. I have self-published one novel. It's been quite a journey. Abby's Art Magazine has seen fit to publish a couple of my stories and several art reviews. PS, I am rarely paid. Smile.
“The first rule of writing is: Write about what you know. “
Chuck, what good advice! I also will add, write about what one finds interesting and research as much as one can so that one becomes knowledgeable about that interest. Gaining personal knowledge I hope would offset others’ lack of interest, and their short attention spans as you accurately described.
Since Carel Schmidlkofer and your daughter both love journalism, I guess I should mention that the novel I wrote back in the 90s was when I was directing for CBS News and is about the news world. If either is interested, the paperback may be found here:
“Good luck with the re-write, Drew. For me, as per my many images here, there is always the writing of the Description as a
very important part of my 'expression' about the image. Some do read the Descriptions and comment..that pleases me.”
Vivian, Thank you! You make a very good point. Everyone who chooses to interact on FAA's art forum are writers. Writing certainly is the best abstract method of communication I think there is.
So much more becomes clearer when the artist chooses to write an expressive description about their work. Modern art scholars place great emphasis on both the story behind the art and the story of the artist.
“The non-fiction one will call upon my work learning about the nature of reality and how we create our personal reality.”
Carole, your nonfiction’s subject sounds very interesting! This subject expands across culture and language encompassing all of humanity! My kids and I have a long standing joke. I tell them that the only thing that I know is that I exist and that they may be simply figments of my imagination here to entertain me! They do not find it as funny as I so I keep telling it!
After a long hard fought custody battle and all of the challenges of getting my son back on his feet, I wrote a book. My book is very streamlined and is set up more like an instructional manual covering the strategies that I used to win in court.
Where I live, it is extremely hard for a father to get custody of their child as the scales of justice are heavily weighted in the mother's favor. Writing my book was a cathartic exercise and took the on the voice of one father speaking to another. Hopefully the book I wrote helps others, but honestly it helped me. I had a lot of unresolved conflict inside of me and it helped to put them out on paper.
It honestly felt like I spent 10 years getting punched in the face and not punching back, but the beating was completely worth it. My son is now a Sophomore in college, is fluent in German and has a great future ahead of him.
In the past, I have studied military strategy and then I worked a security contractor in the Middle East. I adapted the military strategies of the battlefield to use in the warfare of a family court. I have always been fascinated by great leaders of the past and their courage under stress.
If anyone is interested in reading my book, it is available in Paperback and Kindle on Amazon - "A Father's Playbook"
"Years ago my hometown paper (in Iowa) began "publishing" my stories. Today I routinely attend open mic events to "shout out" my poems. I have self-published one novel. It's been quite a journey. Abby's Art Magazine has seen fit to publish a couple of my stories and several art reviews. PS, I am rarely paid. Smile.”
Kevin, Thank you too for adding your professionalism to this thread! You have quite a bit of experience writing and you make me want even more to check out Abbie’s Magazine! Maybe I will break out the bongos and recite a few of your poems to the family!
" I guess I should mention that the novel I wrote back in the 90s was when I was directing for CBS News and is about the news world."
Thank you Chuck! You have quite an extensive list of experiences!
"If anyone is interested in reading my book, it is available in Paperback and Kindle on Amazon - "A Father's Playbook"
What a story! A self help book and how to do book all in one! I am very happy your son is doing well!
I will be away from the forum for a few days traveling. Feel free to further the discussion in my absence.
Hello writers! I got back from USF Tampa Fl late last night where my daughter was offered a nice scholarship BUT right before we left to visit, she got her acceptance letter from University of Florida (Go Gators)! A group of her friends gathered at our home filled with excitement discussing who got into what University! So we left later than I hoped. Tampa is a 4 hour drive plus stopping to eat made it a long night of driving.
Back to writing, I just got a chance to read "Drip, Drip, Drip." I very much like your writing style Abbie! Narrative with dialogue, the same method I am using. In your murder mystery, are you using a character narrator? I am. Possibly two. The protagonist and one of two antagonists.
I ALSO like your website. It is well developed and deserves to be explored.
I am slowly developing my site. Its focus is on Art Engineering, Computer Animation, and has essays regarding art's role in social engineering throughout history.
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