Posted by drummer (22.214.171.124) on March 06, 2000 at 09:06:04:
In Reply to: Yay! posted by Carl D on March 06, 2000 at 08:44:14:
I E-mailed you twice now. What the fuck is the matter with your piece of shit E-mail address? (hee hee). Anyway, here's the E-mail that I've been trying to send you:
I just sent you a very simple E-mail the other night letting you know that I thought that your Editorial was great and that I forwarded it to Ted for his approval. I haven't heard from Ted yet.
Anyway, I came across 8 points of Creative Writing from one of my favorite authors.
Thought they might help you with your writing.
Here ya go:
Creative Writing 101
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 that 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 heck 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.
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