How to Write The Great American Novel?

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Wed Apr 11, 2012 3:21 am Post

sumnerg wrote:Only two problems for me: 1) Actual writing is required, not just thinking about writing, and 2) The steps can lead to unsuccessful writing too.


1) Yes. Sorry. Only people who produce actual words count as writers. Any idiot can stare at a blank page.

2) Unsuccessful writing is a necessary precursor to successful writing. Anyone who claims differently is either (a) not a writer, see 1), or (b) thinks he has managed to destroy all his first drafts and early efforts.

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Wed Apr 11, 2012 8:39 am Post

I've worked out a formula for success. If you know which of the following elements you are missing you can use these to work out what you need to compensate.

(1) Talent + Experience + Effort + Luck = Success
and
(2) Idea + Execution + Market = Success
so
(3) Talent + Experience + Effort + Luck = Idea + Execution + Market
Therefore
(4) Luck = Idea + Execution + Market – (Talent + Experience + Effort)

Hmm... Idea + Execution + Market – (Talent + Experience + Effort)
That’s a familiar one...
Idea + Execution + Market – (Talent + Experience + Effort) = Harry Potter books
Therefore
Harry Potter books = Luck

(PS, I have never read any of the Harry Potter books, so please make your own mind up on that one)
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Wed Apr 11, 2012 12:19 pm Post

Does this strategy apply to dating as well?

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Wed Apr 11, 2012 12:27 pm Post

oh absolutely
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Wed Apr 11, 2012 12:32 pm Post

No. That one is much simpler.
Success = Luck * Luck * Luck * Luck

Notice I said simpler not easier.
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Wed Apr 11, 2012 6:27 pm Post

Sin wrote:Does this strategy apply to dating as well?
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hope this helps clarify the dating thingy, young 'n' :?
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Wed Apr 11, 2012 11:17 pm Post

vic-k wrote:hope this helps clarify the dating thingy, young 'n' :?
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I think so. So the older I get, the more my dating life decays?

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Thu Apr 12, 2012 8:04 am Post

Sin wrote:I think so. So the older I get, the more my dating life decays?
It means (unless you are a criminally handsome millionaire), that the older you get, the women willing to date you are in a more advanced state of decay...I think :?
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Thu Apr 12, 2012 11:29 am Post

vic-k wrote:
Sin wrote:I think so. So the older I get, the more my dating life decays?
It means (unless you are a criminally handsome millionaire), that the older you get, the women willing to date you are in a more advanced state of decay...I think :?
Vic

I think it says you either have a half life or a half wit, both of which mean your dating life can never coexist with actual life.

Sin, consider your avatar. That might have something to do with your dating life.
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Thu Apr 12, 2012 2:41 pm Post

Funny, coming from a guy with no head. :lol:

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Thu Apr 12, 2012 5:06 pm Post

Why do you think my head is missing? Consider the signature…
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