take your writing one step futher ?

United States
February 14, 2010 9:37am CST
i started to write poetry in high school, as most guys i never shown anyone none of my poetry because i had the rep to be a tough (bad) guy. then one day a friend saw one that i wrote and liked it. my dad used to tell me i had a gift for writing and need to go for it, it was yeah whatever. but once i got married my wife would see the ones i wrote for her, and one day she told me there was a songwriting contest and i should take one of my poems and send it in. we asked a friend of our's who used to sing, but he couldnt help so he interdouce to this guy and he did my recording, which was cool he wrote the theme song for scobby doo. but i had enter some of my poetry into contest and won some awards for them, as well been published into three different books as well. but i ended up switching over to write songs instead and i won an award for cretive writing from east coast reocrds. which was really cool. but its still amaze me when i have a song recorded and hear it. so im still trying to get one of my songs picked up also people are amazed the kind of songs i write, love and real life things too. so have you taken your writing that one step futher ? and do friends and family freak out when they either read it or hear it ?
8 responses
@icequeen (2842)
• Canada
11 May 10
wow...thats great...I have a ton of poetry. I even published a book. I would love to have them turned into songs...Tell me more. Do you get paid for that...how would one get into that?
• United States
11 May 10
putting your poetry into song formatt is actully the easy part, but finding someone who can add music to the words is different. i send my stuff out since i dont play or sing. a good company i love dealing with is in nashville, they are call nashville song service, it cost like 175 to have a song done, but that only like for a guitar or panio. then price goes up. you would have to get a music publisher as well to push your songs to other artists. and pray you get pick up, you can make like from $50,000 a song and up. if you go to myspace.com and put in mr music man consulting that's my business page or put in scottmmaddensr that is my music page
• Philippines
14 Feb 10
Man, this is actually my dream...to break into the creating writing field. I've been writing poetry since I was 12 and now I'm supposed to be enrolled in a creative writing degree course but couldn't continue it because of work. I've been published a few times and even got a short story turned into a short film. Nothing as successful as you though although I understand there more instore out there for you. A couple of years ago I joined this local (Filipino) poetry group and went through a whole year of workshops with them. Got the probationary member status (only 2 out of 50 got full member status) but didn't quite push through with it because of lack of time. When I finally settle in my work which is as a technical and marketing writer, perhaps I'd spend some time polishing and writing poems. Would love to hear the response of the others here. Cheers syankee!
• United States
14 Feb 10
yeah it was a great feeling to see my stuff published as well, and i also had a short published in a teen magzine as well. which i even got paid for, not alot but still. then i wrote a song for my neice and a friend did help me with that,i even went to nashville for a contest and see about getting sign as a songwriter, but when i played the song i wrote for my neice and seeing it made grown men cry from hearing it, i was like wow this is so cool. but i got like 12 songs record, and i even went and got more into the music business as well. i got an music consulting and a networking company and i went and got my publishing lic as well too for music. but its so cool when you sit there in the studio and work on something you started with words and get to be apart of my music part too. but one of these days i'm looking to make my publishing company bigger and have lots of clients and make ton of money. and get one my songs picked up as well. best of luck to you, feel free to check out my songs at : myspace.com/scottmmaddensrlyric
@icequeen (2842)
• Canada
11 May 10
thanks...I have added you on myspace....
@mcat19 (1358)
• United States
15 Feb 10
I have a book of my sonnets published. Cat-House Sonnets, 100 poems celebrating cats, has won the Muse Medallion from Cat Writers Association and Best Poet from Preditors and Editors. I write, as you may have figured out, sonnets about cats. Cat lovers really like them. The book is available from Amazon, but autographed copies are only available from me.
@kaylachan (4776)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
15 Feb 10
I've done that too, not exactly the way I wanted to. I was a student in school and was required to write a poem for school. My teacher then had the bright idea to send the poem into a book publishing contest. My poem was accepted. Since I was a minnor, my dad had to give permission. He couldn't sign the permission form fast enough. And appa rently he filled out an order form for a copy of the book. I found this out when a coppy landed on my desk. At first I thought that it was the school's copy and they were showing me my poem, but apparently it was mine that dad baught. I think I still have the book somewhere.
@atv818 (1988)
• United Arab Emirates
15 Feb 10
Writing and giving advice is my passion, that's why when I found out that myLot is paying people for that, I immediately signed up. Just new but I feel that I will be here for a very, very long time.
@MrKennedy (1994)
14 Feb 10
I would definitely like to go further with my writing, as I have always received positive comments about how talented I am when it comes to creative writing Unfortunately, it's just so hard breaking into the writing business, that I'm not sure whether or not I'll even be able to make it
@ronaldinu (12440)
• Malta
14 Feb 10
I have wrote poems and some short stories in maltese. I have published some of my poems in an anthology and in local newspapers but up till now I did not have the money, time or energy to publish something on my own. I have shown some of my work to my friends and they enjoyed my style of writing. I am still continuing to write in the meantime and see how things develop later on in life.