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milkthecashcow



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So I DO want to be a writer. I want to be so bad it stings. A problem that I have is my age. I am unfortunately still a high school chump who has never been able to travel the world, much less leave the area of like 2 states. How am I supposed to invent believable characters without having met many diffrent kinds of people? [a northern state, not like NY or CA] [not a diverse place] There's something else too. How do you know what's good and what's better? What is it that sets a best-seller apart from the rest?
Help me out I'm new.
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Tal



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You're jumping the gun. Start writing. The rest will come or not. Smile
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Good advice Tal.

Look at authors like, dare I make a Vonnegut reference again, why yes I do, Kurt Vonnegut. Sure he travelled but he lived in a small town. Chris has his Pine Cove that he started out with. Everyone has to start somewhere. You may think you live in a boring small little town but there are characters everywhere.

I live in a small town and there is a guy who lost his licence to drive so he drives his lawnmower round town. We call him the lawnmower man, not after the movie though. In Utica I met some guy while I was a doorman during college who wore glasses without any glass in them, so he looked sophisticated, and wore moon boots. The police called him-you guessed it Moon Boots. Most characters are not believable but if you look at the news they are everywhere doing the oddest things. All you have to do is start looking.

High school is a place full of characters. I remember one kid that I grew up with that wanted to write adult novels. He was strange and wrote about the weirdest things, too off to mention. The kid was gangly, spotty but had the most outrageous exploits in his mind. I think he is works at an airline now or a member of the rehabilitation services working from the inside trying to get out in a few years.

The world is a strange place so just write.

Ta,
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milkthecashcow



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So just write, huh. Then it'll come to me? Well you boardies are smart so i'll take your advise. Thanks! [a new best-seller is on it's way]
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Tal



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I do hope that your user ID, milkthecashcow, is because you have found a cow that does indeed squirt money out of its udders rather than the alternative, that you think you could make a lotta money from writing. Smile

Not saying that lightning couldn't strike for you, just warning you that the odds are against all of us becomming bestselling authors. (Author guy excluded obviously).

Oh and if you have found a cow that squirts money from its udders. Dude pass the pail. Stop hogging it. Very Happy
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Post Sun Nov 14, 2004 8:56 am   View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail Visit poster's website
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The cow's in the backyard with my golden egg laying chickens. I'm already assuming that the term, "starving artist" will be the inescapable and unfortunately accurate lable of my future. Good thing I do it because I like to write! Wink
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Or, you can become a total hoore like me, and write advertising copy for a living. I work in Marketing and make a sustainable living, and in my spare time, I tap, tap, tap consumptively on my small keyboard in the corner of my dining room.

It's kind of a double life. Straight arrow sellout by day, brain porn writer by night. I avoid telling people at work that I'm writing a novel because they look at you like you just told them you wanted to suck snot out of their noses. They nod, and smile a little confusedly, back off slowly and say, "That's nice. Let me know when you'll be done with my brochure copy. Kay, bye!"

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Actually that's sort of my plan. Only instead of whoring myself writing advertising copy, I want to write for a newspaper. Then when I've written at work all day and my eyes are about to bleed I can go home and write my book like you! I won't get tired at all! Rolling Eyes
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milkthecashcow wrote:
Actually that's sort of my plan. Only instead of whoring myself writing advertising copy, I want to write for a newspaper. Then when I've written at work all day and my eyes are about to bleed I can go home and write my book like you! I won't get tired at all! Rolling Eyes


Technical writing pays better, and teaches things that, in my experience, writing for the press does not always do. Tech writers actually have to care about communicating with the reader and being extremely accurate. Vonnegut paid his dues as a tech writer; I think it shows in his work.

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Tal



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Get a job in customer relations where you have to write the customer back. You'll learn whole new ways to BS. That is writing fiction.
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milkthecashcow



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BS'ing is fun but, nothing is really set in stone you know? The paper thing is just an idea. I'd also maybe like to write scripts or something? For what, I don't know. I guess I need to make future plans at the same time as I pick a major. [then I can rack up massive amounts of debt for that starving artist thing]
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I'd listen to Unc. If I had been hmart, I would have done tech writing. If I had been even hmarter still, I would have remained an education major and I would have summers off, holidays off, state pension and union benefits.

But, being young and impetuous (read: lazy), I stuck with my Communication and THEE-AH-TAH major, and ended up in marketing. Which pays way-hay-hay-hay better than THEE-AH-TAH.

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I'd listen to Unc. If I had been hmart, I would have done tech writing. If I had been even hmarter still, I would have remained an education major and I would have summers off, holidays off, state pension and union benefits.

But, being young and impetuous (read: lazy), I stuck with my Communication and THEE-AH-TAH major, and ended up in marketing. Which pays way-hay-hay-hay better than THEE-AH-TAH.


Oh I'm a communications major. I've heard bad things about my major but I also love to write fiction. I've had people telling from the moment that I started writing stories I'll be poor. I'm poor now and if I got any more poor I'd be dead.
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I'm thinking about journalism as my major but I'm not sure yet. See I want to have a lot of cool experiences. I think being a reporter might give me that. Plus I wouldn't be in an office all day. But I could minor in that and major in something else. I don't need to be rich to be happy. [but it wouldn't hurt]
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