I had this great idea for a novel. It's been brewing inside of me for a long time and I've finally committed myself to making it happen. So I started writing and bought a book, Getting Your Book Published for Dummies, (yeah, I know) and started reading it. Basically it boiled down to- non-fiction, great! here's how. Fiction? You don't have a chance. It's slowly been dawning on me that getting published is like winning the lottery, making it in Hollywood, or becoming the winner on American Idol. But that's okay- writing is a fire within. I must do it, whether I succeed or not, because it's my dream. So I bought another book on publishing. I sat and looked through it before I actually got it this time. It started out so positively, making the point that in this day and age of online publishing, you can make it happen. Then I got home, continued reading, and got to the little blurp on fiction. Again, you don't stand a chance. But it did refer me to the Writer's Digest for Novels and Short Stories. Okay, now we're talking!
One suggestion has been to gain experience, like building a resume, by getting short stories published in literary magazines and entering contests. So far I've written two and half short stories and a poem. I'm starting with contests and have submitted one so far, although I still have a pending non-fiction piece that has not been officially rejected.
So, how are you planning on getting published? And why do you write?