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Re: How to write
« Reply #30 on: August 07, 2009, 06:51:53 am »
Well, I mean also what you said was totally true. But this thread, man, this thread.
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Re: How to write
« Reply #31 on: August 07, 2009, 06:54:47 am »
Also great advice.

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Re: How to write
« Reply #32 on: August 08, 2009, 03:43:44 pm »
Hmm, anyone have stuff on writing academic papers?

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Re: How to write
« Reply #33 on: August 08, 2009, 03:48:37 pm »
How to write: Write, like, a lot.

Slightly less tersely:

1. Love words, love language
2. Build a good vocabulary
3. Read a lot (this helps with 2)
4. Say exactly what you mean (2 helps with this)
5. Use only as many words as are necessary to get your message across
6. The message includes the feeling or tone you want to get across (also known as the Faulkner exemption)
7. Write a lot (it takes ten thousand hours to master something, supposedly)

I agree with this, especially 3 and 7. S King said in On Writing that improving your ability to read improves your writing ability, and vice versa. This seems very true, as the better reader I become the better writer I seem to become as well.
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Re: How to write
« Reply #34 on: August 09, 2009, 05:27:49 pm »
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Re: How to write
« Reply #36 on: September 16, 2009, 02:02:35 am »
what?

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Re: How to write
« Reply #37 on: October 12, 2009, 04:27:01 pm »
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Re: How to write
« Reply #38 on: October 12, 2009, 04:33:38 pm »
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Re: How to write
« Reply #39 on: October 23, 2009, 01:25:03 am »
I always thought of the Hunter S. Thompson technique, typing out the Great Gatsby, as kind of a zen meditative thing. There is merit to the simple pneumonic programming aspect of it, but I imagine the approach was designed specifically to create kind of a no-mind state that would allow him to channel the flow. I haven't tried it, but I imagine it would have its benefits.

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Re: How to write
« Reply #40 on: October 23, 2009, 12:53:08 pm »
pneumonic?
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Re: How to write
« Reply #41 on: October 23, 2009, 08:03:12 pm »
pneumonic?

Mnemonic, sorry.
Pretty tired when I wrote that.

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Re: How to write
« Reply #42 on: November 19, 2009, 10:31:26 am »
Kurt Vonneguts tips for writing short stories:

   1. Use the time of a total stranger in such a way that he or she will not feel the time was wasted.
   2. Give the reader at least one character he or she can root for.
   3. Every character should want something, even if it is only a glass of water.
   4. Every sentence must do one of two things—reveal character or advance the action.
   5. Start as close to the end as possible.
   6. Be a Sadist. No matter how sweet and innocent your leading characters, make awful things happen to them—in order that the reader may see what they are made of.
   7. Write to please just one person. If you open a window and make love to the world, so to speak, your story will get pneumonia.
   8. Give your readers as much information as possible as soon as possible. To hell with suspense. Readers should have such complete understanding of what is going on, where and why, that they could finish the story themselves, should cockroaches eat the last few pages.

Not that I write a lot, but I love Vonnegut's style.
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Re: How to write
« Reply #43 on: December 01, 2009, 04:15:17 am »
Kurt Vonneguts tips for writing short stories:

   1. Use the time of a total stranger in such a way that he or she will not feel the time was wasted.
   2. Give the reader at least one character he or she can root for.
   3. Every character should want something, even if it is only a glass of water.
   4. Every sentence must do one of two things—reveal character or advance the action.
   5. Start as close to the end as possible.
   6. Be a Sadist. No matter how sweet and innocent your leading characters, make awful things happen to them—in order that the reader may see what they are made of.
   7. Write to please just one person. If you open a window and make love to the world, so to speak, your story will get pneumonia.
   8. Give your readers as much information as possible as soon as possible. To hell with suspense. Readers should have such complete understanding of what is going on, where and why, that they could finish the story themselves, should cockroaches eat the last few pages.

Not that I write a lot, but I love Vonnegut's style.

But it should be kept in mind that he goes on to say that great writers break several of these rules.
Not to disagree with them, but I thought that part should be included.
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Re: How to write
« Reply #44 on: December 01, 2009, 10:48:58 pm »
Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch said "Murder your darlings", and I think that's still one of the best bits of writing advice out there. Along with Octavia Butler's "write every day" and my friend's mom's "Write what you want and then strike a third of it".
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