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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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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2008-03-03 03:48 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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[User Picture]From: ehowton
2008-03-03 03:59 pm (UTC)
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.
That's not logic, its just stupid cop-out for emo bitches who don't want to exert themselves. I've got a newsflash for you sir - it has been 100 years, and those 100 monkeys have turned out exactly 100 shit-covered typewriters. You fucking geniuses couldn't figure that one out?

And there's a truth to this too.
I'm not saying there's not. What I'm saying is you never practice at anything, ever. And between the two (imperfect practice, and not doing anything, ever) imperfect practice wins 100% of the time! Ask your ignorant instructor what happens if you NEVER PRACTICE THE PIANO AT ALL, which is a closer analogy than the one you're trying to introduce.

Perhaps if I were getting paid for my "time" I could remove one mental block.
Perhaps if I were paid to be a neurosurgeon, I could pull that shit off too?
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2008-03-03 05:45 pm (UTC)
That's not logic
Bullshit! You claim that I should follow Stephen King's advice to "write, write, write" and that this in and of itself will make me a successful writer. I now reference the monkeys writing away at their keyboards. By your own admission all the monkeys have done is shit all over their keyboards. But according to you, this can't be because the monkeys followed the instruction "write, write, write" and yet they are not successfully, prolific writer[s] with millions of dollars and big mansion. Please take a consistent position.

Ask your ignorant instructor
If he's so ignorant, how come he's the one doing the teaching?

Perhaps if I were paid to be a neurosurgeon, I could pull that shit off too?
You were on the clock when you wrote this retarded comment, ergo, you get paid to be retarded and pull that stunt off quite well.
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[User Picture]From: ehowton
2008-03-03 05:51 pm (UTC)
But according to you, this can't be because the monkeys followed the instruction "write, write, write" and yet they are not successfully, prolific writer[s] with millions of dollars and big mansion.
In all your youthful bravado, you forgot one undeniably key element element: They are monkeys.

If he's so ignorant, how come he's the one doing the teaching?
Precisely! HAHA!

...you get paid to be retarded and pull that stunt off quite well.
I love it when a plan comes together!
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[User Picture]From: whester
2008-03-03 09:15 pm (UTC)
So as I understand it one is a retard and the other one love to watch monkeys bang on a keyboard. This is quite stimulating. Much like watching monkeys fling freash steamming poo at one another.
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2008-03-03 09:33 pm (UTC)
You're playing with fire, monkey boy.
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[User Picture]From: whester
2008-03-03 10:42 pm (UTC)
Fine burn me Sloppy-dirks.
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From: snapper521
2008-03-03 11:23 pm (UTC)
G'day Whester ~

Whenever Howton and Furbie get into a "discussion" like this they always start to do this type of thing. You'll eventually get used to it, and either jump in or watch silently laughing to yourself. :-D

I generally tend to jump right in, making a mess of everything. :-D
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[User Picture]From: ehowton
2008-03-04 12:21 am (UTC)
Those who can't do, teach.
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2008-03-03 10:57 pm (UTC)
In all your youthful bravado, you forgot one undeniably key element element: They are monkeys.
Your Alzheimer's has progressed to such levels as forgetting to limit the action-taker in this scenario to homosapiens, old man. Furthermore, you defy your own logic. Look how long you've been writing in The Empirical Manifesto, yet you are not "a successfully, prolific writer with millions of dollars and big mansion." Oops!

Furthermore, as you have already announced that you are retarded, I will halt this conversation until you try being NOT retarded.
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[User Picture]From: ehowton
2008-03-04 12:24 am (UTC)
Look how long you've been writing in The Empirical Manifesto, yet you are not "a successfully, prolific writer with millions of dollars and big mansion." Oops!

Its not what I strive to do. I am, however, successful at what I do strive to do.

I don't sit on my fat ass working menial jobs, bitching about it, and never have.

Its been said that some of us are destined to greatness. That's only partially true. The ones who are, went out and got it - the ones who aren't sat on their ass and bitched about not having it.

All the other shit you say is just another one of your many excuses.
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From: snapper521
2008-03-03 11:29 pm (UTC)
I had a teacher once who said "Practice makes better, because no one is perfect".
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2008-03-03 11:36 pm (UTC)
I once had a teacher that said "practice."
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[User Picture]From: ehowton
2008-03-04 10:12 am (UTC)
I once *actually* practiced.
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2008-03-04 11:17 am (UTC)
only once?
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