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It's Why I'm Here

I was writing something and needed some information one day, so I Googled it and was looking at a few different results.  One of them was someones story here in EP.  I read it, and then looked over the site a bit.

I had been having some difficulties writing, suffering some blockage in my brain, so to speak.  I wasn't getting anyplace in the story I was writing and thought that EP would offer me a wonderful place to write.

I had seen some experiences that I shared with others, and my thoughts were to use them for a topic.  I could join an experience group and then write about it.  Since they were shared experiences, I knew I wouldn't have any trouble coming up with anything to write about, so I joined my first experience and was on my way.  I wrote a few stories and read many more.  Then one day when I logged in, I found that a pretty gal had invited me to join her circle.  We exchanged some messages and developed a friendship, and soon many more developed with other lovely people.

In a short time, EP turned in to more than a writing exercise, and I wouldn't change any of it for anything.  Over the last year, friends have come and friends have gone, but the one constant has been a place for me to write.  It's changed a bit though.  It's no longer an exercise, it's a way of life, a way to share my writing with my friends, and others.

I may not be a well known author with best selling books, but I have my friends and people who enjoy reading the things I write about.  For me, that's what being a writer is all about, you, my readers.

 

Thank you all. After all, what's the sense in being a writer if you have no readers?  Like any other performer/artist, it's not about me or what I write, it's about you...

darknight darknight 46-50, M 12 Responses Nov 11, 2009

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Dark Knight,<br />
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If you ever make much money at writing, please announce it here. It will be cause for general celebration. <br />
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There may indeed always be literary methods writers can use to excite readers. My point, however, is that it's a lot harder to make money as a writer than it was in, say, the 1950s. The world has changed. <br />
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So, yes, go and share your work with friends and neighbors. That can be fun. But, while you might win $250 at a writing contest once in a while, you can't support yourself that way. For most writers, there's probably much more money to be made TEACHING writing than in writing itself---and, heaven knows, most teachers are not pulling in big bucks either.

Dark Knight,<br />
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If you ever make much money at writing, please announce it here. It will be cause for general celebration. <br />
<br />
There may indeed always be literary methods writers can use to excite readers. My point, however, is that it's a lot harder to make money as a writer than it was in, say, the 1950s. The world has changed. <br />
<br />
So, yes, go and share your work with friends and neighbors. That can be fun. But, while you might win $250 at a writing contest once in a while, you can't support yourself that way. For most writers, there's probably much more money to be made TEACHING writing than in writing itself---and, heaven knows, most teachers are not pulling in big bucks either.

Dear Dark Knight and others,<br />
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It's refreshing to bump into people who can compose sentences. Unfortunately, the Internet seems to have accelerated the literary decline that's coincided with the rise of visual media, first TV, then computers. Partly because of that decline, you'll find it hard to make much money writing unless you find some way to transpose your material to the television screen or have someone do it for you. Ever wonder why there are so many "screenwriters" these days?<br />
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Reading books has become what reading poetry always was---the preserve of a few aficionados. In the time of Dickens, books and magazines had no competition. There was no TV or even radio. If you were to obtain information or enjoy stories, you almost certainly had to read. Which meant that writers had a captive audience. How many of the hours people today spend in front of televisions would have gone to printed word? My hunch is dozens of hours per person per month. <br />
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As standardized test scores indicate, literacy in the U.S. probably peaked somewhere in the 1960s and has been on the wane ever since. If you ever have the opportunity to grade the written papers of undergraduate students, you'll see the results---and they're not pretty. <br />
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I sometimes wonder about the high-school dropout crowd. Did you know that in the Chicago public schools, half the students drop out? That's right: HALF. Fifty percent. How much reading do you think these dropouts do? Do they even know what alphabetical characters are for? How would you feel walking through a neighborhood where most of the residents are living in a preliterate world while their unemployable teenage sons are roaming about looking for "prey," loaded guns at the ready? <br />
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Yet, I do believe that like-minded people will continue to gravitate toward each other, nurture each other as they do here, and go on enjoying an invention---the written word---that has done so much to cultivate good thinking, uplifting the human heart, expanding the human mind, and propagating great ideas. All power to you!

Thanks for your comment. I understand what you are saying, but I disagree, I think there will always be an eager audience for a well written and interesting story.

I , too love your story. It is inspirational to all. I would also love to make a living at writing, just not so sure where to start. Just recently had rotator cuff surgery and can't type well yet, so please forgive my mistakes. Cool site, this experienceproject.

Thank you for your kind comments, I'm sure as you heal you will find yourself typing up a storm again. As for where to start, with yourself, write first for you, then, research online to find out how to get published.

That is a interesting story. I wish you the best with your writing and if they are anyways I can help you please let me know. I have some knowledge in selling & business promotion. I am also interested in writing I want to be a movie sc<x>ript writer, blog writer & information site writer.

Thanks for commenting. Best wishes to you, too.

Ah, I can relate well. I do know, just writing something small here, in a story, or in a blog and then reading comments is a very great boost for ones esteem. It is the best medication of all, in my opinion...

That's funny. Reading excerpts in google books also helps me with writers block. It gives me ideas on how famous people have described their experiences. It's great how you can put in key words and it will pull up those words or phrases up in published works. I love it. http://www.wifetellsall.blogspot.com

Actually I think Paul got the boot for spamming around without wearing proper protection...

Wow, must have scared Paul away. Probably better that way, we don't need spam here in EP.

Thanks for the spam, Paul. If you had anything in your profile or would comment in a manner that shows you actually read something before posting, I may have actually considered looking into this crap.<br />
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In the event that anything is sincere or real, let me just say that I refuse to write for an editor or a magazine that would resort to using spam. You see, even us dark knights in tarnished armor have scruples...

Thanks for your confidence and your sweet comments tjsgirl.<br />
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Thanks for comenting, cuterose. I feel for you, losing so much and hiding from the rest. I hope someday you can face and overcome these hurdles...

I have no doubt that one day you will over come your writers block and have them stories of yours published. You have the talent and know how to write a very good story. And, I will be waiting in line to get that first one so that I can curl up in my chair with a good book written by dk. i will be sitting here on the side lines cheering you on .