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2022-09-28 2:47:03 PM  
My apologies, but this week's Poorly Researched Tips for Writers is again a bit abbreviated due to outside influences (work) and other assorted things (see: Fark Fiction Anthology update, below.) Also, at this point I've pretty much lost track of what writers I've poorly profiled so I further apologize if we've seen Oscar Wilde before.

Oscar Wilde was of course a brilliant Irish poet and playwright, best known for his novel The Picture of Dorian Gray, as well as his arrest and trial for gross indecency after a failed attempt at prosecuting the Marchess of Queensbury for libel. Don't go after anyone who can hang with Mike Tyson even in ghost form, is all I'm saying. In prison he continued to write, and published The Ballad of Reading Gaol after being released and leaving for France where he made the comment: "My wallpaper and I are fighting a duel to the death. One of us has got to go!" Unfortunately, the wallpaper won.

Wilde's writing focused on style over substance and he made heavy use of imagery and paradox, using contradictions to show truth and puns to make out-of-band social commentary. But what can we learn from him?

This page lists a set of tips we can study:

Understand that writing takes effort. Nothing good comes easy. "Make some sacrifice for your art," Wilde said.
Read widely and gather inspiration. "It is what you read when you don't have to that determines what you will be when you can't help it."
Have faith in your point of view. "Be yourself; everyone else is already taken."
Don't fear failure. "Experience is merely the name men give to their mistakes."
Don't Rely on Tired Phrases and Clichés. "Never use a metaphor, simile, or other figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print." (Okay, that was George Orwell, but it's still good advice)

Fark Fiction Anthology Update!

All notices have been sent out, and we're theoretically hard at work doing the last bit of edits to get all submissions ready to go. Once those are done, I'll get links out to all submitters, and give everyone who's been accepted a chance to look them over, and then we'll go to print! I'm hoping to get this finished this weekend, although I'm unfortunately in a bit of crunch at my day job so this is taking longer than I'd hoped. Stay tuned!

Writer's thread reviews!

Last week, we raised the idea and discussed doing a weekly review of someone's writing, anonymously if desired. I'm here to say that over the course of the week I received a total of zero short stories sent in for us to review (send 'em to tora­que[nospam-﹫-backwards]elib­o­m­diuqs­*com with a 'review please' subject!) so instead, I'm going to bare all and link the first few hundred words of a piece I'm working on. This is the intro to a longer short story; I'm putting it up here for anyone to rip into if they want. Let us know what you think!

The Observer (intro)
 
2022-09-28 3:46:21 PM  
The only thing worse than be written about, is not being written about.
 
2022-09-28 4:14:27 PM  
Still have writers cramp and fear
 
2022-09-28 4:34:54 PM  

Petit_Merdeux: The only thing worse than be written about, is not being written about.


<five minutes of convulsive laughter>

We now take you live to Novel Writing with Fark fave Petit Merdeux at Madison Square Garden. He's sitting down at the laptop... he's grasped the mouse firmly... oh no, he's opened Fark in the browser!

/pythonity aside

Sorry, Mr. Moderator, I missed the part last week about sending something in. Please give us another chance. My Romeo and Juliet story is ever so eager to be critted. As soon as I rewrite it.
 
2022-09-28 4:42:59 PM  

Russell_Secord: Petit_Merdeux: The only thing worse than be written about, is not being written about.

<five minutes of convulsive laughter>

We now take you live to Novel Writing with Fark fave Petit Merdeux at Madison Square Garden. He's sitting down at the laptop... he's grasped the mouse firmly... oh no, he's opened Fark in the browser!

/pythonity aside

Sorry, Mr. Moderator, I missed the part last week about sending something in. Please give us another chance. My Romeo and Juliet story is ever so eager to be critted. As soon as I rewrite it.


I too have something in dire need of review...as soon as the words fal from my head and onto the paper.
 
2022-09-28 5:01:45 PM  

toraque: My apologies, but this week's Poorly Researched Tips for Writers is again a bit abbreviated due to outside influences (work) and other assorted things (see: Fark Fiction Anthology update, below.) Also, at this point I've pretty much lost track of what writers I've poorly profiled so I further apologize if we've seen Oscar Wilde before.


I imagine coming  up with a brand new set of 'oafishal' explanations of Kremlin announcements every day probably eats into your time a bit, as well. On that subject, I have reached out to Phil Foglio to see if he does commissions AND might be interested in illustrating what my wife refers to as the 'Blyaat the Caat archive'. Their webguru tells me he's forwarded the email to Phil. I included your link to the Archive, so he can see if any of the silliness strikes his fancy.
 
2022-09-28 5:06:11 PM  

toraque: Last week, we raised the idea and discussed doing a weekly review of someone's writing, anonymously if desired. I'm here to say that over the course of the week I received a total of zero short stories sent in for us to review (send 'em to toraqueelibomdiuqscom with a 'review please' subject!) so instead, I'm going to bare all and link the first few hundred words of a piece I'm working on. This is the intro to a longer short story; I'm putting it up here for anyone to rip into if they want. Let us know what you think!

The Observer (intro)


Nicely done. Sucks the reader into the story very quickly, and leaves 'em wanting more.
 
2022-09-28 5:48:38 PM  
Not a writer but this seems like the place to ask.
Been looking and failing to find a quote for a few years, Thoreau maybe?
Basically goes, once you have what you need there are better things to do than get more stuff.  Hope it rings a bell

/thanks in advance
 
2022-09-28 6:15:23 PM  

neeNHA: Not a writer but this seems like the place to ask.
Been looking and failing to find a quote for a few years, Thoreau maybe?
Basically goes, once you have what you need there are better things to do than get more stuff.  Hope it rings a bell

/thanks in advance


My google-fu is broken.  I only came up with the Diderot Effect, which is the opposite of what you're looking for.
https://jamesclear.com/diderot-effect
 
2022-09-28 7:01:43 PM  

Russell_Secord: Petit_Merdeux: The only thing worse than be written about, is not being written about.

<five minutes of convulsive laughter>

We now take you live to Novel Writing with Fark fave Petit Merdeux at Madison Square Garden. He's sitting down at the laptop... he's grasped the mouse firmly... oh no, he's opened Fark in the browser!

/pythonity aside

Sorry, Mr. Moderator, I missed the part last week about sending something in. Please give us another chance. My Romeo and Juliet story is ever so eager to be critted. As soon as I rewrite it.


Rewriting is an issue for all writers. I write a story with the basic idea first. I know I'm going to have to rewrite it and flesh iat out. Sometimes I have to make substantial changes. And more than once, the change that needs to be made has come in a dream. But if your Romeo and Juliet story is ready to be "crittered" (sp :-)  then leave it as it is and see what people say. I see no point in rewriting without a direction to go.

I think the editors here for accepting a story of mine for the third year in a row. I don't think I'm that good.
 
2022-09-28 7:14:58 PM  
Having nothing better to do is actually a great excuse to work.
 
2022-09-28 8:32:22 PM  
Can't remember if I announced it here yet, but my next Abridged Script is going to be Days of Thunder. Finally got the chance to get back to working on it after a few weeks eaten up by more work than usual and getting ready for baby due in December.

You can see my Abridged Scripts for Soylent Green and Oliver Stone's Wall Street here.
 
2022-09-28 8:39:47 PM  

neeNHA: Not a writer but this seems like the place to ask.
Been looking and failing to find a quote for a few years, Thoreau maybe?
Basically goes, once you have what you need there are better things to do than get more stuff.  Hope it rings a bell

/thanks in advance


Marx and Engels?

Anyway, doesn't sound like Thoreau to me, it's way too brief.

Sort of reminds me of wossname's Hierarchy of Needs, but I don't think that's where you were going.
 
2022-09-28 11:30:44 PM  

neeNHA: Not a writer but this seems like the place to ask.
Been looking and failing to find a quote for a few years, Thoreau maybe?
Basically goes, once you have what you need there are better things to do than get more stuff.  Hope it rings a bell

/thanks in advance


This probably isn't it. But you might remember the second part of your quote inaccurately. "There are better things to do than get more stuff" is only implied.

2 Corinthians 9:8  : "And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others."

The Bible has some very nice things to say. I don't "believe" a word of it, though.
 
2022-09-29 12:19:51 AM  
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2022-09-29 9:58:34 AM  

Wenchmaster: toraque: My apologies, but this week's Poorly Researched Tips for Writers is again a bit abbreviated due to outside influences (work) and other assorted things (see: Fark Fiction Anthology update, below.) Also, at this point I've pretty much lost track of what writers I've poorly profiled so I further apologize if we've seen Oscar Wilde before.

I imagine coming  up with a brand new set of 'oafishal' explanations of Kremlin announcements every day probably eats into your time a bit, as well. On that subject, I have reached out to Phil Foglio to see if he does commissions AND might be interested in illustrating what my wife refers to as the 'Blyaat the Caat archive'. Their webguru tells me he's forwarded the email to Phil. I included your link to the Archive, so he can see if any of the silliness strikes his fancy.


Ehh, that's how I wake up in the morning, drinking coffee and writing absurdity before my brain starts working. There's no way I could have come up with the Lobsternomicon or Blyaat the Caat or any of the other weirdness in there otherwise.
 
2022-09-29 12:10:28 PM  
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2022-09-29 12:33:59 PM  
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2022-09-29 2:37:15 PM  

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I'm somewhat this to Mrs. F. I never thought all of my flaws could be strengths, but she sees them that way.
 
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