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Topic: Preparations?
Posted By: durden7
Subject: Preparations?
Date Posted: 14 Dec 2006 at 5:42am
Anyone else decide to work on preparing for the contest? I've been trying to formulate a plan to help get me back in the groove of the form. THis is what I've pulled so far:
 
1.) Read some Raymond Carver
2.) Read some Thom Jones
3.) Read Aristotle's "Poetics"
4.) Revisit some old stories and do some basic editing.
5.) Maybe get some of a basic short story on paper.
 
Maybe 5 bullets seems like a lot, but overall, I think it's doable. There is time before the competition, right?
 
No reason to not keep busy.
 
Oh. I should also upload a new avatar to the server. I'm sick of the generic ones.
 
 
 



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Posted By: johnnyd
Date Posted: 15 Dec 2006 at 10:29am
Don't forget Hemingway. Lots of people dying. Usually in the rain.

Hunter S. Thompson used to transcribe Hemingway's stories to try to get some insight into the way he strung his words together. Granted, Hunter was not a model of sanity, but that's still an impressive legacy.


Posted By: Chris Messineo
Date Posted: 15 Dec 2006 at 10:46am
Good call on Hemmingway.  I love his short stories.
 
Another writer with a couple books of short stories I like a lot is, Kurt Vonnegut (he is actually my favorite writer).

Chris


Posted By: SavageG
Date Posted: 15 Dec 2006 at 11:20am
That's funny Johnny, cause whenever I want to get a feeling for structure I read Hunter Thompson.
 
That's most likely my plan, read a bunch of Thompson and Douglas Adams to kick start my brain into remembering what beautiful, flowing language sounds like.


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Not all who wander are lost, not all who wonder without wisdom.


Posted By: durden7
Date Posted: 21 Dec 2006 at 6:21am
I never read Adams... I really should.


Posted By: sweetcheeks
Date Posted: 27 Dec 2006 at 6:15am
Things I do to perpare:
 
1) Abstain from porno and sex. Read in cosmo that it helps you be more creative.
 
2) Try really hard to abstain from strangling hookers. Read in cosmo that it helps you be creative.
 
3) Stay at least 500 yards from any grade schools. Read in my court appointed restraining order that it will help me be more creative.
 
4) Reread all my sweet valley high novels. (Yes i said novels) Those books inspire me more than any other form of art.
 


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It's lonely being a cannibal....


Posted By: SavageG
Date Posted: 27 Dec 2006 at 8:19am

Yeah, that's right my long dry spell is due to my dedication to the creative process.

Yeah, that's the ticket.


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Not all who wander are lost, not all who wonder without wisdom.


Posted By: durden7
Date Posted: 27 Dec 2006 at 10:54am
Abstain from porno and sex? Now you're just being silly...
 
 
 
Originally posted by sweetcheeks sweetcheeks wrote:

Things I do to perpare:
 
1) Abstain from porno and sex. Read in cosmo that it helps you be more creative.
 
2) Try really hard to abstain from strangling hookers. Read in cosmo that it helps you be creative.
 
3) Stay at least 500 yards from any grade schools. Read in my court appointed restraining order that it will help me be more creative.
 
4) Reread all my sweet valley high novels. (Yes i said novels) Those books inspire me more than any other form of art.
 



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