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Adult skate tonight. WOO!



The famous writer meme says I write like Stephen King. I'm flattered ... but really, if I wrote like Stephen King, I'd be a kajillionaire now, wouldn't I?



A couple of weeks ago, the band Ok Go offered up their CD, Of the Blue Colour of the Sky, for $1 for a day. So I bought one.

It has been in my car nonstop since I got the package on Friday. I love it. I didn't expect to love it quite so much.

I've linked to the video for "This Too Shall Pass" before. Some of my other favorites off the CD:

WTF? (video)
Before the Earth Was Round (music)
I Want You So Bad I Can't Breathe (video)
Skyscrapers (music)

If I can be forgiven going off on a tangent...

Date: 2010-07-14 08:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] visgoth.livejournal.com
but really, if I wrote like Stephen King, I'd be a kajillionaire now, wouldn't I?

People don't like to admit that luck, timing, and connections often play a bigger role in success than skill. Just like they don't like to admit practice plays a bigger role than talent or intelligence.

Stephen King isn't a big success because he's a great writer, he's a big success because he's a lucky great writer.
From: [identity profile] skreidle.livejournal.com
Joe Peacock: The Absolute No-Bulls**t Guide To Writing, Publishing And Selling A Book.

The TL;DR goes like this:

"No one from a big publisher is going to come knocking on every door in your neighborhood looking for that one perfect person with that one great idea that should be transformed into a book. Guess what - you don't need them to, thanks to the Internet. Get off your ass and write your book or shut up about it. Don't let anyone stop you. Don't sit on it, paralyzed with fear that it'll be hated or stolen. Create a book you love, and let it live. Self publish it. Tell everyone you know, but never spam or annoy people.

Also, it's a lot of hard work. A. LOT. You need to be completely in love with it, because it takes a LOT of commitment and time. So if you're the sort that only reads TL;DR's, seriously... Just stop now. Go play World of Warcraft."
From: [identity profile] liandriel.livejournal.com
While that is certainly true, I think Stephen King in particular is a triumph of persistence as much as luck. He wrote a lot of stories and submitted them to a lot of publishers and publications before he hit it big.

Terry Brooks, on the other hand, sent the right manuscript to the right editor at the right time. Crazy luck.
From: [identity profile] visgoth.livejournal.com
Which sort of goes to show that writing like Stephen King wouldn't make you a kajillionaire by now, unless you had submitted a lot of stories... ;)

Though, honestly, I wasn't really arguing the point, I was more indulging myself in yammering on about something I've gotten very interested in lately (i.e., the importance of practice and persistence over smarts and talent).

Also, I have no idea how trustworthy the writing analysis tool is. I'm curious how many Stephen King stories it says are written "like" someone else would write them.

Terry Goodkind, IIRC, also scored big on his first try, IIRC.

So maybe, if one wishes to be a rich and famous author, the secret is to change one's first name to Terry, and to hell with all that stuff Joe talked about.
From: [identity profile] liandriel.livejournal.com
So maybe, if one wishes to be a rich and famous author, the secret is to change one's first name to Terry, and to hell with all that stuff Joe talked about.

I approve of this strategy!

I wasn't arguing either. :) I've just read both King's and Brooks's books on their writing philosophies and success stories. Interesting stuff.

As far as the analysis, my guess is that just has to do with sentence construction and is probably about as reliable as the grammar check in MS Word. Which isn't.

Date: 2010-07-14 09:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] angielabrie.livejournal.com
I >LOVE< Ok Go. Both versions of "This Too Shall Pass" are incredible!

Date: 2010-07-15 06:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] liandriel.livejournal.com
Aren't they? :) I love their videos, too. They're a creative bunch of guys.

Date: 2010-07-31 03:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] skreidle.livejournal.com
I love the WTF video (and HTF making of), but the two ilike tracks won't play anymore.

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