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Putting Words Together
To be honest with you, I don't like writing, but I like the way I write. I happen to think there are more important things I should be doing with my life.
If there are other writers out there that feel inspired by my material, they might be curious about how I developed my talent. You may also be looking for some advice in the field. Maybe you would like to know a little about my theories and attitude towards them.
Believe me; there are tons of books out there for the purpose of teaching people how to write. Character development, painting a picture with words, plot development, and it's safe to say that all the crap one book says, is often said another and maybe a different way.
When ever I find myself at writer's conventions or writer's groups, where a person of some authority in the writing profession is there to speak, I'm always amazed at the stupid questions the wanna bee writers ask the professionals. What amazes me is that almost all the questions asked at these events are usually same questions answered in almost every "How to Write" book. These
bees should stop writing there crap and take some time to actually read a few instructions once in awhile. If they would only do this, I would guess the guest speakers might get to answer some intelligent questions.
Like when I met the co-creator of the TV show "Friends." Just about every question the, "what to be" writers asked, was questions that has been answered in dozens different books on selves of any book store. These writers who where asking these stupid questions, should give up and burn their computer; because they are just too dam stupid to be trying to write a book.
When Stephen King's book,
So I read some of King's book and thought it was pretty funny and quite entertaining. No doubt I just had to buy it. As it turned out I read about 80 pages of it in the first two days. He's a super good story teller, but I see where his style and mine are different. Although I've learned a lot from his writing, I see where his is backwards from mine in places. I feel like going in there and switch things around. I see where he hammers things out and the goes back and (Like the Rule 17 of the Struck and White) omits the unnecessary words. I not only do that, but I rearrange things more.
I don't think he put as much time and effort into the book as he should have. I get that because he had a deadline a couple years of from when he was writing it. Then the accident came along and screwed thing up on him.
I'd have to say my hat is off to his wife. She just has to be a very special person to believe in a guy so much to be digging in his garbage and encouraging him to stick with a story idea that he had given up on. Happy isn't the word for describing how I felt when I read that the story she dug out of a trash can brought along a $200,000 paper back advance which set them on their feet from there out.
Steve's book sure dose what he wrote it for, because it sure can motivate a person to write. He writes in a way that you can relate to. I saw that he (somewhat) frequently uses the "F" word and it made me realize I wasn't so bad for me to use it occasionally myself. I figure -- if the great Steven King can get away with it -- so can I. I find that we (both use) parentheses quite a bit.
Steve hates the use of the word "cool". Oh well, I guess he will find many bumps in the roads that I write. However I've gotta say; he sure motivated me to write and makes me appreciate the talent I have in my writing.
1-19-00; I read a write up on Stephen King in this months Writers Journal. Sounds like he hasn't been very happy with the way ABC television has portrayed his stories.
1-20-01; Something Stephen King said in the Writers Journal makes me revert back to some of my thoughts about this whole bit. He said that people tend to forget about movies, but books live on and have a much longer life span.
Another nifty writing tool in reference books is a book published by Writers’ Digest Books. It's titled "Flip Dictionary," (ISBM 0-89879-976-7). It uses a multitude of phrases as the source words for a thesaurus. As the sub-title says: "For when you know what you want to say, but can't think of the word." It's like looking up phrases and finding the simpler single words to say the same thing. It's just the sort of thing my mind can stick me with -- the phrase but not the words I'm looking for. Basically a Flip Dictionary is a specialize version of a thesaurus. It has sure come in handy and many times it has helped me find words quickly.
Another investment to consider, but not so important unless you are a foreigner new to the English language, is a book on English usage. I bought the full size hard cover Merrian Webster's Dictionary of English Usage because I like the scores of sample sentences within it. It helps me figure out whether I should use "phoney" or "phony." Well "phoney" is the proper one in Great Britain, but "phony" is used more often. The Merrian Webster’s Dictionary of English Usage also refers to things is written in the Folyers English Usage book as well as others. I have a feeling the real McCoy is probably the one published by Penguin: The Penguin Dictionary of American English Usage and Style. But the $40 price tag for the Penguin, convinced me to buy the $25 Webster, since I'm not too sure how handy they are yet. Every once in a while I find myself looking through it learning things about words and their proper use as well as alternate words which could be used as well. There are other English word usage books out there and if I had the money, I'd probably have them all just for the hell of it. But I think they are only useful if English happens to be a foreign language to you.
If you think one of those most miss-spelled word books are going to help you, I'd think not. I myself use one when I started out, but it became a waste of time looking for a word that wasn't there. The Webster's New World Thesaurus is what I usually use to find the right spelling for a word. It's faster than looking for words in a dictionary because the words are not broken up and there is less space between words.
Basically in review -- yah need a good dictionary, a thesaurus, a book on punctuation, and don't forget the Strunk and White Elements of Style
Listed in what I feel is in priority of importance:
1. Bartlett's Roget's Thesaurus
2. Strunk and White Elements of Style
3. Webster's New World - College Edition
4. Webster's New World - Roget's A-Z
5. Merriam-Webster's Concise,
6. Flip Dictionary,
7. English Usage
The Bartlett's would probably be the last one I'd want to be without. The Webster's New World -combination - Dictionary and Thesaurus is the handiest one when I'm out on the go and I just want to look up word.
My problem is if I get all these books while I'm homeless, it would take a hand truck to carry them all. Most of the one's I've got are sitting in storage except my Bartlett's and combo.
Hell, Rule No. 34;
I have a lot more material covering what I gathered from script-writing and not to forget the motion picture industry too. One of these days I'll have to dig it up and post it. Check back later.
If you've got them and a computer -- you're set.
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to know more about the local Sheriff who spread phony rumors about me
and his drug dealing brother, and even a recording of a drug deal going
down you'll have to go to the
A few years ago, I wrote about a couple of these law makers at: Poop Bad Law.
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November 27th, 2008: I've taken on a new challenge, inspired by Benjamin Franklin. What has inspired me is that while he had his own newspaper, he lacked the staff of writers he needed. So he began writing articles pros and cons about various topics and sign than as if they were authored by different people.
October 12, 2008: I think it's kind of ironic, that some people will tell me that my writing is disorganized, and hard to read and understand; but just as often I get e-mails from the owners and editors of other web-sites, asking me to write for them. Hell I'm busy enough with this crap, I don't need to be doing if for someone else,especially when they don't offer any money for it. Gee, as you should know already, I don't want any more experience as it. I just think some people should learn how to read more than some blog entry.
January 3rd, 2007: I worked on the rewrite of Great B a bit. It was the first time in a year I'd looked at it much.....
Jan.24, 2007: I've got 12 pages of rewrite left on the chapter covering my stay in Australia. I'm sure it will end up like 20 by time I'm done. I just have to let this web-site be for a week or so.
Jan. 25, 2007: Have I ever told you how much I hate writings. It took me all afternoon to get maybe three pages down. It was like the first draft was just a bunch of fragmented ideas. Since none of it's the same, my guess its had work because I'm converting a journal voice into a narrative book.
Feb.14 '07: Although I finished the rewrite on the last chapter covering my stay in Australia; it's got some big holes to fill. It will probably take some time to get around doing that.
Feb.15 '07: I heard one of the girls at the coffee shop talk about my web-site to her friends.
"Censorship is telling a man he can't have a steak just because a baby can't chew it."
Poets & Writers mag. Jan - Feb. 2008
I liked this part where she talked about how she landed a great writer Donald Barthelme while she was an assistant to Sterling Lord.
She said, "There would be thirty agents crawling all over that story today - there are more agents than writers. And there are more writers than readers. I'm convinced of that."
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