R133, if you want to write, you have to write. If you can write one page every day for a year, you can write a book. The hard part is making it all work together,avoiding repeating yourself and being consistent.
I started out writing a novel. I took a few writing classes at the local college extension which kept me focused in the beginning. Having deadlines can help a lot.
One afternoon while working on one chapter that had a sex scene I got carried away and the chapter ended up reading like a porn story. Not sure what possessed me, but I sent it to one of the magazines and a couple months later it was accepted for publication.
It was all a big joke to begin with. After the first one, I tried writing one on purposed and it snowballed.
I started going to any GLBT writer events and learning more about how publishing works. I started finding out about calls for submission. I then started publishing in anthologies.
All the while I kept plugging away at the novels.
I turned one of my short stories into a screenplay and it was made into a short film that played in a handful of film festivals.
I started a blog for GLBT writers and was putting out info about submissions, letting people publicize their books, interviews etc. I took it down when I lost a job and went through some financial difficulties.
I found myself constantly motivated with every success until I reached a dead end with the novel.
I was part of a local writers critique group that started doing readings and workshops. We'd help other writers who were in town promote their readings. The group imploded and I ended up moving to a new city.
I tried to recreate what I was doing, but it never came together.
I then turned my creative energy to other endeavors and I pretty much stopped writing.