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How to write
« on: September 26, 2008, 05:35:49 pm »
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Re: How to write
« Reply #1 on: October 25, 2008, 09:51:46 pm »
Or you could pull a Hunter S. Thompson and type out the Great Gatsby over and over again.
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Re: How to write
« Reply #2 on: October 28, 2008, 11:31:00 pm »
Or you could pull a Hunter S. Thompson and type out the Great Gatsby over and over again.

Or you could, oh, I don't know, actually learn the mechanics of writing (as an artist learns the mechanics of painting) and write something original.
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Re: How to write
« Reply #3 on: October 29, 2008, 12:14:25 am »
Or you could pull a Hunter S. Thompson and type out the Great Gatsby over and over again.

Or you could, oh, I don't know, actually learn the mechanics of writing (as an artist learns the mechanics of painting) and write something original.

Which I'm sure you learn from reading "On Writing" by Steven King lol
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Re: How to write
« Reply #4 on: October 29, 2008, 06:05:49 pm »
Because of course, that is the only book there, isn't it?

Oh wait, you mean it isn't?  Well damn, thats you're entire point gone now, then.

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Re: How to write
« Reply #5 on: October 29, 2008, 06:18:15 pm »
Or you could pull a Hunter S. Thompson and type out the Great Gatsby over and over again.

Or you could, oh, I don't know, actually learn the mechanics of writing (as an artist learns the mechanics of painting) and write something original.

Which I'm sure you learn from reading "On Writing" by Steven King lol

You seem much more hung up on that book than anyone else here.  You're funny.
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Re: How to write
« Reply #6 on: October 29, 2008, 06:18:50 pm »
Needz moar semicolonz.

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Re: How to write
« Reply #7 on: October 29, 2008, 06:37:31 pm »
Yes, must remember to use lots of semicolons in my NaNoWriMo story; to give it that professional feeling.
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Re: How to write
« Reply #8 on: October 29, 2008, 06:53:28 pm »
You guys are ridiculous.

Srsly.

I didn't say there was anything wrong with reading people's advice about how to write - bear in mind that I am a writing grad student. I was simply adding that actively studying the work of writers you admire can help you become aware of technique and how it is used in practice, and it goes a lot farther in helping to develop rhythm (which, by the way, is why Hunter liked to type Fitzgerald books over and over. To listen to the rhythm. )
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Re: How to write
« Reply #9 on: October 29, 2008, 06:53:31 pm »
I wonder if How to Make Friends and Influence People had too few semicolons for nB?

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Re: How to write
« Reply #10 on: October 29, 2008, 06:56:24 pm »
I wonder if How to Make Friends and Influence People had too few semicolons for nB?

It could have gotten by on less, but they weren't too distracting.

By the way, what did you think of "Avoiding Double Standards"? Or did it disagree too often with your taste in genre fiction and political biases to be willing to acknowledge anything it said?
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Re: How to write
« Reply #11 on: October 29, 2008, 06:58:23 pm »
Do you come here to converse, nB?  Or to impose your ridiculous opinions on others?

I'm seriously interested in the answer.
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Re: How to write
« Reply #12 on: October 29, 2008, 07:01:08 pm »
I wonder if How to Make Friends and Influence People had too few semicolons for nB?

It could have gotten by on less, but they weren't too distracting.

By the way, what did you think of "Avoiding Double Standards"? Or did it disagree too often with your taste in genre fiction and political biases to be willing to acknowledge anything it said?

You're funny when you pull opinions out of your arse like that.

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Re: How to write
« Reply #13 on: October 29, 2008, 07:10:07 pm »
Do you come here to converse, nB?  Or to impose your ridiculous opinions on others?

I'm seriously interested in the answer.

Truth:

I used to come here to converse, but ever since I made some over-the-top post about why Philip K. Dick can't write worth shit and most of the active members decided that everything I say is automatically wrong - you must admit, it's a hilarious coincidence that people began to flame every post I've made immediately since that thread - I pretty much just drop by to fuck with you guys when I feel like procrastinating.

I feel kind of bad about the small handful of regulars who I do have some respect for, but I'm seriously convinced that I could have more interesting conversations on 4chan than with most of you. They have all the same memes, too, and their general disdain for all major political candidates is somehow refreshing compared pd's (homo)erotic obsession with Obama.

Holy shit.

Is 4chan more tolerable than you?
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Re: How to write
« Reply #14 on: October 29, 2008, 07:11:52 pm »
Aw, it's just that it's so fun to fuck with you, and your whining, pathetic attempts at thought.