I have wanted to be a published writer since I can remember. Unfortunately, like with most things in my life, if I wasn’t sure how to go about doing it, I mainly just waited around and hoped it would happen magically.
Luckily, I grew out of that stage and finally began to seriously and consciously pursue publication. Still, it was a process to get here, and probably the first step in actually trying to get published and thinking it was at all possible was a writing website community I joined my freshman year of college.
I have no idea how I stumbled upon writing.com (formerly stories.com), but I became an involved and devoted member. I became a moderator for a while, edited one of their weekly newsletters, joined groups, reviewed and even upgraded my membership. (A pretty big deal since I am CHEAP).
I still have my portfolio up on writing.com, though admittedly I don’t spend much time their anymore. Still, it was a great place to start and it got me on the road to where I am.
If you’re new to the writing world, I would highly recommend joining writing.com. Even with just a free basic membership, you can get a lot out of the site and, more importantly, the community.