A Noob Ready for Hazing
I'm a writer in Minneapolis, or at least I like to consider myself a writer. Perhaps it's only delusion, since I haven't sold a damn thing. Yet.
I've been writing for years, having chosen screenplays as my craft a long time ago. I could never afford school, so I taught myself by reading up on the craft and writing a number of bad screenplays. Then I gave up for a while, convinced that I wasn't cut out for writing.
Thing is, I'm a horror fanatic and have been since I was a child. I absorb horror.
All those practice screenplays were for every genre BUT horror. I'd written at least six bad comedies, two bad sci-fi scripts, and one comedy/sci-fi/fantasy/WTF? story. Why didn't I write horror? I'm not really sure. Perhaps, deep down I thought I wouldn't be able to cut it as a horror writer. Either way, I became discouraged.
I picked it up again some years ago and worked on several abandoned non-horror projects, further discouraging myself. Eventually, a voice in the back of my head said, "You should at least TRY writing a horror story. It's the genre you know best. At least try." Shock of shocks, that horror script was one of the easiest things for me to write. The feedback was not gushing, but I was definitely on to something, so I wrote more.
I've since written three horror screenplays, and the majority of the feedback has been positive. As of now, I have one script 100% completed -- it took about four drafts. I have one script stuck in 2nd-draft limbo. And I have my most recent one -- my favorite story to date -- between drafts 2 and 3, currently under construction.
Now I'm coming to the realization that I may not be able to do much with these scripts unless I can somehow produce one myself or move to L.A. I don't know if either of those things will happen, though. After the scripts are 100% complete, I'm going to move forward with a Plan B of sorts.
I'd like to write some long-form fiction.
I wrote a number of short stories a while ago, but I'm probably rusty at best. I have multiple novel ideas banging around in my head, all I have to do is pick one and run with it.
Should I tackle a few short stories first, just to hone my long-form writing a little bit? Or should I just GO FOR IT? I'm stuck on the precipice of this decision.
What do you good people think?
And now, the (probably) obligatory list of my favorite authors:
And some guy you may have heard of, by the name of Chuck Palahniuk. He's a little obscure though, so I won't hold it against you if you haven't heard of him.