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Thursday, November 22, 2012

How to get those words down on paper fast!

Happy Thanksgiving to all.
I was chatting with one of my friends the other day and we were comparing how our new novels were coming along. The last time we chatted was around the same time we were hit by Hurricane Sandy which was around Halloween. He was at about 22,000 words into his story which he said has been completely outlined and well thought out. I was at 31,000 words with the same outline (even though I wont be pompous and say it is well thought out!)
After chatting two days ago he told me he was at 28,000 thousand words and has been writing on the same schedule he has always used; after work, dinner and the kids going to sleep.
I am at 49,000 words with the same parameters in my life.
And he asks, "how many times have you sat down to write?"
And I answer, " five."
Dumbfounded, he goes on about how I can write so fast and why he can't.
So we talk about it and he tells me that I should share these ideas with others, which I am always glad to do.
Here's the story:
Now I am not going to tell you that my method is the best or that is any good at all. It works for me and lacks anything special. Basically what I do is open my laptop and write. I check my outline which I have to say is one of the most important things a writer can do. I think not having an outline is like driving from New York to Texas without a map or a GPS. I scan over the outline and write about what I've summarized. Sure, beforehand I have ideas of where I'm going. I usually listen to WFAN or ESPN radio in the car and when the commercials pop up; I lower the radio and rehearse some lines in my head( sometimes aloud ) and make a mental note so when I write later that day, I already know what I'm going to do. I think by immersing myself in the story, it enables me to write a better one. Sure sometimes other ideas come about and I change the storyline to convey my new thoughts. There are no rules that state that you absolutely must follow your outline. We broke rules as children (sometimes as adults too) and this is no different. Plus, if it enhances your story and makes it even better, why not do it!
Next thing is that I write and write, I type whatever comes across. Even if its the most basic sentence, I know I will check it later when I do my revisions. I wrote my first book in 4 months, spent another 3 doing revision after revision. I wasn't sure if I had completely succeeded in that I thought there were parts of the story that could've used more work or different ideas but I never would've finished it then. I wanted to put out the best story I could and by using these methods it enables me to do so.
I can't stress enough about the fact that you can't be too critical of yourself. We've all seen the writer on t.v. or movies typing on a typewriter a few sentences and pulling the paper out, crumpling it up and throwing it towards a garbage can filled with dozens of similar crumpled up paper.
You need to not be so judgemental cause as the Jedi say (yeah I'm a Star Wars nerd) don't focus on the negative. If you think to negative, it will show not only in your writing but in your life. Listen, my first book had it's share of good and bad reviews. While I am proud of my work, I do know there is need for improvement. In addition, people like different things. Some will love your work and others will hate it. I say---GREAT. At least they read it. That's the important thing. Thats what makes us unique and special.
 Don't give yourself deadlines either. Dont go home and tell yourself you're going to crank out 2000 words that night, only do 500 and become dejected. At least you did 500!
THINK POSITIVE---you're still writing and 500 words a day for a month that's 15000. In five months, thats a full novel--not too shabby.
Keep up the good work and as always--any questions or comments please write me.
Have a great thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Movie Review- The Devil's Rejects

Howdy,
I just rewatched Rob Zombies The Devil's Rejects( I originally saw it in the theater back around 2005 I believe)
 
This movie is the sequel to House of 1000 Corpses and is a completely different movie than it's predecessor. It follows the continuation of the Firefly family as they are attacked by Sheriff Wydell (played incredibly by William Forsythe) and go on the run while being hunted down by the Wydell.
Along the way, Otis, Baby and Captain Spaulding encounter an innocent band and have sadistically torture them (these scenes are not for the weak). The acting is superb and Bill Moseley's potrayal of Otis is amazing as are the other actors. Not wanting to give away too much but by the time Wydell catches up to them, I almost felt myself rooting for them to get away (how sick of me right?). The film has that 70's feel to it and Rob Zombie did an excellent job making this movie. In addition, as a wrestling fan, it was nice to see Diamond Dallas Page in this movie as well. The comic relief from the farmer selling the chickens is priceless too. Go get this movie today, you wont be dissapointed.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Movie Review---House of 1000 Corpses

Hi, now that the power has returned and things are getting back to normal after Hurricane Sandy I've decided to start reviewing stuff such as books and movies. In my previous post on conquering writer's block, I stated that sometimes reading a book or watching a movie can spark interest and light the creative juices thus inspiring you to write. I am a huge "Halloween" fan (the movies) and I love the movies, I was left sometimes with a feeling that there could have been more to the story and I would drive home from the theater telling myself, "What would I have done differently?" It's fun to do and I realized I was getting my mind rolling therefore making me brainstorm new ideas for my writing. Now, I'm not saying to ripoff these franchises but coming up with these ideas is a great thing for us writers.

So what I'm going to do is review movies, shows, books and more along the way in addition to my regular postings.

House of 1000 Corpses---a film by Rob Zombie

I first stumbled upon this movie back in 2003 and loved Rob Zombie's 
style of film-making. The use of cut-ins with the characters and the quick
run and gun style made this a great movie. The casting was fantastic with 
Sid Haig as the wild Captain Spaulding, Bill Moseley as Otis, Sherri Moon as Baby and the rest of the cast did a fantastic job of being believable villains called the Firefly Family; as the four travelers run across their path and end up being victims of their insanity. There is also the mysterious Doctor Satan and his group of underground monsters who make an appearance too. This movie will do much to stir your senses. At times you may laugh and other times you'll shy away from the screen from the horror and gore. There are parts of this movie that makes you forget what you're watching such as the part where the Firefly family puts on a show in their barn with grandpa doing a lewd standup comedy and Baby singing a cabaret style song. You almost forget you're watching a horror movie. I don't want to reveal too much this way if you go and watch it you'll be surprised. If you're a fan of horror and don't mind too much gore then Rob Zombie made a great movie for you too watch. Check it out. 
I am watching the sequel "The Devil's Rejects" and will post a review shortly.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Get Scammer for Free in November

Hi,

Hi everyone. Hope you and your families had a nice Halloween. Well to get down to business I am making my novel Scammer available for free for the month of November. If possible, after you read it, if you could leave me some feedback or review via this blog or other outlet(amazon maybe?). I would be most appreciative.

Thank you.

You can download for Kindle, Ipad, Nook and other readers or even on your computer.

Just go to my publishers page
https://www.ebookit.com/books/0000001449/Scammer.html

and type scammerfreecode

select your format and you're good to go.
any issues, email me directly or via facebook or twitter or this blog and I will be sure to get you a copy.

many thanks

anthony