I joined Bards because I write. I'm not a professional writer, nor am I an accomplished amateur writer.
I do not now, nor have I ever written with the intention of publication or production.
I became a writer sort of by accident. It began as a "stunt" to try and have a group of my friends do something "constructive". The idea was that I would begin writing something - anything - and then pass it on to the next person who would pick it up and do anything he or she wanted, then to the next person and so on. We were to have no pre-agreed to plot or story line. Anything went and each person could take the story in any direction he or she desired.
Well, it turned out that only two of us wound up participating. And, somehow or other, a "fantasy" story line developed and the "stunt" turned into a 600 page manuscript. I did about 500 of those pages and I was hooked. This was about seven years ago.
I could have gone on and on with the story but finally stopped when my writing partner ran out of time and energy. I actually cried when I at last typed, "...And then it was over." "THE END" It was hard to let go.
So, I launched out on another novel, a sequel to the first. I got a hundred or so pages in and got bogged down doing some research for the story, which had to do with quantum physics. I knew nothing about physics of any kind and had to stop writing and start researching. I found the research fascinating and read book after book. By the time I became expert at physics and returned to writing, I had forgotten the story line. I struggled to regain it and, by the time I did, I forgot all the physics I had learned. LOL The beginnings of the book are still on my hard drive and I may return to it some day, although with less emphasis on the technical stuff.
At any rate, in all this writing, I found that what I enjoyed doing most and what seemed to come most easily to me, was writing dialogue.
I had always had a vague, undeveloped interest in writing something for a "performance" and videotaping it. I didn't want to do anything extravagant, just some short, humorous things for my own enjoyment.
It occurred to me to write a play. I had never thought of doing that before and the idea intrigued me. Then, as luck would have it, a perfect opportunity came along for me to give it a try.
I had gone to see a performance of "Vagina Monologues" with a friend who writes. I jokingly said that someone ought to write the male counterpart. She agreed and we then agreed that I would write that and she would undertake her own project and we would finish at a given time.
I went to it and, just like when I was writing the novel, I became completely immersed in what I was doing and it seemed to flow without effort. I had the play done "on time" and, since then, have had several group readings. It is always hilarious to do the readings and one of the joys of my life. The play, my first, is called "Penis Polemics".
Since that time, I have written, I think 5 plays. I write only comedy/humor/farce. Nothing else seems to "work" for me and I seem to view life with a great deal of humor.
Recently, I have turned my attention to writing short stories. Misfitina - Hi, Misfitina! - suggested an autobiography of sorts. I have toyed with that idea on and off and have even begun one several months back. However, I keep falling into that humor/farce thing and find it impossible to not embellish things for the sake of a laugh. I set that aside.
Then, with Misfitina's encouragement, I began setting down vignettes of my life, in no particular order, in the form of short stories, which amount to fictionalized accounts of true events. I have completed two and I have ideas for several more. I have lead a fairly bizarre life, so I will not be wanting for material.
My goals as a writer? None beyond writing. I write only for my own pleasure. I know that I will never be a great writer and, at best, may only aspire to become a mediocre writer. But, that's okay. For me, it's a hobby.
If I were to try to publish/produce what I write, it would become a job and, instead of writing for myself, I would be writing for, working for, someone else. I don't need money and I have no intention of confining myself in that way.
I have to admit, that when I finished that first novel, several people encouraged to "get it published". LOL I looked into it. By the time I found out that, even to get an agent, you almost had to do unspeakably degrading things and submit work in very strictly defined formats and manners, I lost any interest what-so-ever. And, that's just to get an agent, which is the very beginning.
I have come to know myself fairly well and I know that, when it comes to things in which I have no interest, I am incredibly lazy and resistant to action. I simply won't do it.
So, I suppose I could say that 1) I am not a good enough writer (meaning skill, talent, persistence etc) to publish and, 2) I'm too lazy and indifferent to do anything beyond writing what I write.
I refuse to turn writing into a job. Sure, it's hard work but I'll not let it become a job. That philosophy carries over into rewriting (something a 'real' writer must do over and over and over again) and editing. I usually write a piece and then move on to the next thing. I have a rough, first draft and that's what I stay with. I don't recommend that, it's just what I do and, so far, it's worked okay for me.
I have a small circle of friends who read and enjoy my work. I have had "readings" of all my plays with groups of friends who are actors, writers, directors and so forth. On the whole, I get good "reviews" and encouragement to try to have the plays staged. Regarding that, see above. :-)
One thing I've always thought would be good - and fun - would be to collaborate with someone on a writing project. But, I fear, it would have to be humor/comedy, as I seem incapable of anything else. But, in lieu of that, I'll continue writing on my own and having fun at it.
I joined Bards to find others (somewhat) like me, who are amateurs and who do it for the love of it. And, I hope that the people I meet here will become as successful as they want to become. I have. :-)
So, I'll call this a wrap and say I hope I haven't bored you and that I am happy I am here and thanks to all of you for your welcomes.