I recommend that anyone who plans on pursing the craft of writing needs to find a copy of Steven King's On Writing. Before we go any further, I am letting you know here and now that he is probably one of my favorite authors of all time. If you don't read popular fiction, I recommend that get off your high horse and take a look at his work. Aside from that, there are few today who have the scope of experience in the craft that he does. We can all learn something from him.
I'm sure that I'll come back to this book in several more entries. Tonight, I want to write about where he got his start. From a young age, he wrote short stories and submitted them to magazines. When he was beginning, men's magazines needed to devote a set number of pages to fiction. A lot of his early works were published in skin trades. He also says that those magazines are long gone.
It may seem to anyone starting out today that there are less opportunities for writers to get their work out there. Yes, there may be less opportunities to get paid for early work. Yes, the old skin mags are gone along with their pages and pages of copy. However, there is no better time to get work out that right now.
How? The internet. Let's get real. That's a huge reason why I a have been putting this blog together. It's an opportunity for people to get to know about me. Hopefully, but the time I can actually get my book printed, I may actually have an audience interested in looking at it.
No one is paying me to do this. It may be a long time before I see any kind of return. However, each and every one of us who choose this pathway should get discouraged. If there isn't a place for your work to get published, make a platform. If editors don't care about your work, build something where they will have to notice. Move forward every single day. You can do it.