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On Writing [Mar. 3rd, 2008|12:53 am]
Tomas Gallucci
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The only book I ever read of Stephen King's is, ironically enough, the only work of non-fiction that he ever wrote--On Writing. If you read this book the things that you will pick up are to have the best command of the language you are working in and "write, write, write." I think that all books about the entertainment industry read the same way "create, create, create!" There is a truth that that mentality I suppose,


Writing is no harder the ditch digging.
I recently was having a chat with a friend of mine that is cooking up a new project. He said that he's just like me: if he doesn't feel the inspiration, he doesn't write it. He then went on to say that the way he broke the habit was to write anyway. But here's his secret: he says that doesn't mean forcing yourself to write what you need to write--that creates a very bad case of writer's block. He says that he sits down and writes what he has the inspiration to write. Once the words start flowing he then goes back to what he needs to write and works on it accomplishing much this way. To this end, I too want to try this idea.

As some of you know, I read an article via one of Google's blogs that talked about using Google Reader and pulling the RSS feeds for jobs that you are interested in. This also allows you to get a feed on those jobs that are in your area. Lately, I've seen this post go by quite a bit. Since the above mentioned conversation with my writing friend, I've thought about responding to this ad and seeing if instead of doing full-time work they would be willing to employ me on a per-placement basis. I've also considered doing the same with the local newspaper.

My thought is that if I were to get paid for my writing again (remember I used to work for The Exponent, UAH's student-run newspaper?) I would be motivated to write. And if motivated to write, then maybe this would help me get in the swing of things so that I will start setting the time aside and hopefully become prolific with my screenplays.

Also, I'm now currently working at Steak-Out only one day a week. I don't think it makes much economic sense to continue working there, but it is income and imcome is hard to let go. I figure that I could continue to work the long hours at Book Systems and write in my spare time and thus make money.

I knew that I was going to need writing samples. I also know that I did good work for The Exponent and had a few great blog entries to boot. Therefore, I have spent the weekend posting all of the Exponent articles to Live Journal under the tag Exponent. I then added three blog entries from Xanga: my World Trade Center post, my King Kong post and my Insured Motorist post. I have back-dated every post on Live Journal to the date that it originally appeared; I have not added the Exponent posts to Xanga because Xanga does not support this feature. You can read my writing samples via Live Journal tag. Xanga users please note that you can leave anonymous comments on LJ; if you decide to do so please "sign" your comment so I know who you are.

I've had a couple of friends tell me that long ago I used to be a good writer and that from my writing I seemed to enjoy my work but that my last several blogs have been informative and bland. Always seeking out the feedback, I would like to hear from you my adoring public. Do you think that the pieces that I have on my writing samples tag are good enough to land another writing job? Do you think that those articles are better then what I have recently produced? You decide.
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From: snapper521
2008-03-03 04:43 pm (UTC)

Writing

1. Where is the video on xanga you wanted me to watch? I go in to watch it, and I don't find it.

2. You already know what I think. This one had a lot of heart in it though. actual, honest questioning. Good.

If you are being "pushed" to write by this entertainment thing... then won't that create another writers block? Just wondering.
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From: snapper521
2008-03-03 04:47 pm (UTC)

Re: Writing

Mom just came up behind me, and was reading the name to your site.

She says "Sloppy-dirks live journal?" I told her no... and how to pronounce it; then she says "I like it better with my pronunciation".

*rolls eyes*

Catch you later ~
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[User Picture]From: ehowton
2008-03-03 06:24 pm (UTC)
There is a truth that that mentality I suppose.
I have only one thing to say to that - WHAT THE FUCK DOES HE KNOW? He's only a successfully, prolific writer with millions of dollars and big mansion. I like your idea better - Not writing one goddamn word until you have a good camera. That'll show 'em! Go get 'em tiger! You da king ;)

My thought is that if I were to get paid for my writing again I would be motivated to write.
I don't know much for certain in this life, but I do know this: If you can't creatively write for fun, you can't creatively write for profit. And you sir, don't creatively write for fun.
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2008-03-03 06:48 pm (UTC)
WHAT THE FUCK DOES HE KNOW?
The problem with this logic is that given enough time, monkeys banging randomly on a keyboard will be able to produce better work the Shakespeare. Of course, theory and practice are two different things.

I once had an instructor who said that practice does not make perfect but that rather perfect practice makes perfect. And there's a truth to this too. If you are practicing the piano and constantly play the piece incorrectly during your practice, you will not automagically play the piece correctly during your recital.

And you sir, don't creatively write for fun.
That's the whole point of the compare and contrast exercise at the bottom of this post. Also, I currently view writing as something else vying for my time as it is an active activity (as opposed to passively reading a book or watching a movie.) Perhaps if I were getting paid for my "time" I could remove one mental block. Once I then got into the habit of writing I could then write what needs to be written and overcome my paper tiger.
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From: irulan_amy
2008-03-04 03:20 am (UTC)
I'm replying here because I wholeheartedly agree with Eric.

1. Being paid for writing does not mean you will be more motivated to write or not have artist's block. At all. If anything, it makes it more difficult because there is a pressure to be good and sound wise - not just to write.

2. Not trying to discourage, but being realistic - it is really, really, really, really hard to get paid for writing. It is even harder to make a living from writing. It takes either magic or a lot of hard work. Usually the latter. Also, strictly writing for a desire to make money instead of a love for writing probably isn't gonna get you far. Like Eric says, "If you can't creatively write for fun, you can't creatively write for profit."

3. You have to practice. I think the line about perfect practice is bullshit. If you don't write every single day, you cannot expect to improve. If it is your passion, treat it as such. I write 10 minutes at least every day. On weekdays, it is usually only that 10 minutes. And most weeknights, I have a 10 minute argument in my head about how I don't want to write. I'd rather surf the net, or I need to study more, or I want to sleep...every excuse possible. But in the end, I sit and write. Do I always have ideas? Usually not. Sometimes it's about mundane things like the amazing cup of coffee I had. Sometimes what comes out of my pen is awesome. Other times it's mediocre crap. But - I'm writing. I'm practicing. You can't expect your passion to buy you mansions, take care of you, or solve your artist's block if you don't give it some respect and take care of it.


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From: snapper521
2008-03-04 05:27 am (UTC)

Notice to all who wish to congratulate:

Tomas and I are not together as boyfriend/girlfriend!!!

I am a stupid bitch who can't keep her mouth shut!!


When are you people going to realize this and not take everything I say as gospel truth?
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2008-03-04 05:28 am (UTC)

Re: Notice to all who wish to congratulate:

I am a stupid bitch who can't keep her mouth shut!!
I'll take that one to the bank.
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From: snapper521
2008-03-04 05:40 am (UTC)

Re: Notice to all who wish to congratulate:

You go right ahead...

It's more true lately then I wish to be reminded of. And I honestly don't know why.

Like I just told Will, I try to improve and nothing does. :-| Its very frustrating. kind of like walking on a treadmill... I'm walking and walking but really not getting anywhere.
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[User Picture]From: ehowton
2008-03-04 05:49 am (UTC)

Re: Notice to all who wish to congratulate:

I need a someone to clean up the mess my cock makes. If you don't want him, can I have him?
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2008-03-04 05:52 am (UTC)

Re: Notice to all who wish to congratulate:

you should bring your cock to the party.
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[User Picture]From: ehowton
2008-03-05 01:26 am (UTC)
http://huntsville.craigslist.org/wri/580217708.html

If telecommute is ok, why do they have to live in the Huntsville area?
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2008-03-05 01:35 am (UTC)
Hell if I know. I've seen the ad run a coulple of times on the Huntsville Craig's List so I figured it was time to respond.
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[User Picture]From: ehowton
2008-03-05 01:34 am (UTC)
I am blown away impressed with your Exponent writings.

WOW.

I see the shit you churn out now and wonder...what happened?

Very impressive dude. I was not expecting to be surprised by anything you did. I was wrong.
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2008-03-05 01:40 am (UTC)
Thank you for the compliment sir. I know that there was at least one shabby article in there, but it just goes to show. My problem when I was younger is that I had too many ideas at once. Now that I'm older I don't care to voice them anymore as I've been ignored quite a lot. But now I think back on it, I did get a few compliments working for the paper and there were people who looked forward to my writing.

I meant to start this blog off with I think it would be fun to run a newspaper and appropriate avatar but forgot in the writing process. I really did like working for the paper. I don'think I would enjoy being a journalist, but it does have it's advantages. Backstage/free pass to many events and a chance to get close to the stars plus trave and all the high-class living I like. Hell, I'd even like the adventure and travel, but I don't think I'd do it to chase down a story. I'd do it because I enjoyed all of the above and turned out shit writing to pay for it. Oh well, such is life.

Do you think now that you've read my Exponent work that if I were to find my voice again I should consider getting back into writing?
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2008-03-10 07:07 am (UTC)
I am blown away impressed with your Exponent writings.
Impressed enough that you would hire me to write were you interviewing for a writing position?
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