The conversation then often turns to desires to write in that genre or statements of never being able to write like that. I don’t think this sentiment is entirely true. If you are a writer, you can write anything. But it may just take some practice and saying yes to other avenues of publication. The goal of a writer is to get our name out there so people will start reading all our work.
If you are a novelist, like me, find places to submit your short stories, informative articles, and personal pieces. If you write articles, look for opportunities in other venues or in larger works.
I am a member of a large writing organization and we publish an annual anthology. I enter at least one piece for consideration every year. Maybe you want to get a group of writers together to publish your own anthology.
A group of a little over a dozen Christian authors got creative an anthology with the following restrictions. Every first line and concluding line was exactly the same. Each story had to include a unique mode of travel and a historical location. From there each author was free to write in any genre they wished. Check out What the Wind Picked Up: Proof that a Single Idea can Launch a Thousand Stories by Chi Libris.
“Spark” is a quarterly literary magazine featuring great writing from new and established authors and poets.
Search for groups in your favorite genre or theme and see who is putting an anthology together that is looking submissions.
Always Looking for Submissions:
Chicken Soup for the Soul is always looking for authors. “Guidepost Magazine” publishes articles on a variety of topics. “Splickity Magazine” had both a print and online publication. They except flash fiction for consideration. They have three different publications. One is for general flash fiction, while Havok is for scifi and fantasy, and Spark is geared more to romance. Check out their website for current themes and submission guidelines.
Local neighborhood and community newspapers are often looking for articles on a wide range of topics. Contributing to them not only gets you publication credits it also gets you connected in your community.
Another great source is your church or denomination. Many produce weekly, monthly, or quarterly publications. They are in constant need of well-written stories and authors who will contribute regularly.
There are also blogs and online magazines. Start with your own blog. Pick a theme or write about whatever sparks your interest at the time. Get a group of your writing friends together and guest post on each other’s blogs.
Writer’s Digest has many different contests throughout the year. For a small fee you can enter for a chance not just to get published but for cash prizes. Many conferences sponsor contests for their attendees. A quick Google search can lead you to many opportunities to get your writing in front of a totally different audience.
Think outside the covers of your favorite type of writing. Expand your writing skills and learn to write flash fiction, articles, or short stories. Have fun and stretch your writing muscles.