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The Anatomy Of Construction

The Anatomy Of Construction
Writing belongs to everyone, and anyone who can write at a highschool standard should be encouraged to share their stories- there is an endless fascination to be found in each and everyone of us
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"But what to leave out?" The editor said.
2009-01-09 11:02:00
Enjoy what you're doing- I believe that's an important part to doing anything well. So what Director Kazuya Tsurumaki, of FLCL fame, said makes double sense. If you want to enjoy something, put things in it that you like. Of course, as soon as you start thinking along these lines, you get another problem- removing the excess. This is a lot easier if some element of your work is defined. In my case, the text defines the sort of story that I must tell with the imagery- something that conveys the essential story contained within ?The Anatomy...? Being a graphic novel, this doesn't preclude giant transforming robots....Although the fact I want the text to be accessible to everyone does.Not everyone likes giant transforming robots. The visual story needs a gentle touch, sensitivity and a sense of beauty. As well as contrast. These thoughts left me thinking of cherry blossoms in spring. I took this idea, put it in the centre of the page, and started springing ideas about it...
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So what's it all about?
2009-01-08 11:16:00
The reason I need to present the final version of ?The Anatomy...? in a graphic novel format is to prove the pudding. You see, it's fine and dandy for Stephen King to write about how to write- he's one of the greats. Me, well, I'm not Stephen King, let's put it that way. So I need to prove, if only for myself, that I know, or at least am learning to know what I'm talking about. The tricky part is the idea of keeping the text in the speech bubbles that of a traditional book while letting the images tell a story (different but identical?!) without relying on the speech bubbles to tell the story of the graphics. So what is the visual story to be? I thought and I thought. I wracked my brains. I wracked my legs, and finally, I wracked my spleen, until I thought I'd just watch a movie. A manga, actually. The Manga I watched was FLCL- If you've seen it you'll remember it as the series with a scooter riding, (chainsaw pull-start 1968 Rickenbacker) bass guitar swinging girl, a...
A little more on what's happening...
2009-01-08 10:29:00
First the bad news- I'm going to have a clean up here of the links section.A big clean up.Like a benevolent dictator I'm going to keep those of great social value, and my friends and supporters. No offense intended to those who don't make the cut, and I hope none taken. The good news relates to the new badge I'm displaying- ?The view from here? Mike French, the founder of ?The view from here? kindly asked me to be one of the ongoing contributors to this great blog. This is great news- it's not everyday you get invited to work with such an accomplished group of writers (including one of my all time faves, Stella Carter of Stella Scripts). "The view from here" has been nominated for the "Best UK blog"so check it out, and vote- there's still a few days left. Thanks, everyone, for the warm welcome back to the fold. Damn I missed this place. Tom
Time to clear out the tumble-weed
2009-01-07 09:38:00
It?s been a long time, eh? First, let me point out, things are going to change around here. ?The Anatomy? has started to take shape. During my extended break I have been experimenting with a variety of different mediums.From painting, drawing, sculpting and even short film, I?ve come to believe that the basic rules for motivation and development for any medium are the same.I?ll be bringing you some of the drawings for the graphic novel aspect of ?The Anatomy?, along with the edited and modified text.There will also be many samples from my other projects; short stories, drawings, paintings, chapters from a novel, short films and photos of some of my sculpts. I really look forward to sharing what I?m doing with you all, and being able to see what this great community of artists (bloggers) is creating around me. It?s great to be a flower in such a garden of delights. I hope you enjoy what?s to come. TomSample from the forthcoming "Happily Ever After "Copyright 2008 BT Cassidy
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Exit music (For a blog)
2008-05-01 05:19:00
I?ve really enjoyed working on ?The Anatomy...? for the months I have. It?s been fun developing a book online; I?ve met some great people, I?ve grown as a writer, and I?ve learned a great deal.The Community of bloggers has be a constant source of courage and inspiration for me. It?s an experience I am not leaving behind, but coming back to in due time.Life can throw some heavy curve balls at you. I?m proud of the fact that I posted every page I have without my own internet connection, from public libraries, and internet café?s; but this is just a sign of my current poverty.Some time ago I threw down and decided to live life on my times- in doing this, I made several errors of judgment, each forcing me to live a more and more frugal lifestyle, which is not what I really want- a little bit of comfort goes a long way.The clean up I?m indulging in still affords me space to write- space to write, but not to dedicate the time I would like to to ?The Anatomy?? Rather than doing many things...
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Exit music (For a blog)
2008-05-01 05:19:00
I?ve really enjoyed working on ?The Anatomy...? for the months I have. It?s been fun developing a book online; I?ve met some great people, I?ve grown as a writer, and I?ve learned a great deal.The Community of bloggers has be a constant source of courage and inspiration for me. It?s an experience I am not leaving behind, but coming back to in due time.Life can throw some heavy curve balls at you. I?m proud of the fact that I posted every page I have without my own internet connection, from public libraries, and internet café?s; but this is just a sign of my current poverty.Some time ago I threw down and decided to live life on my times- in doing this, I made several errors of judgment, each forcing me to live a more and more frugal lifestyle, which is not what I really want- a little bit of comfort goes a long way.The clean up I?m indulging in still affords me space to write- space to write, but not to dedicate the time I would like to to ?The Anatomy?? Rather than doing many things...
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Not one second less
2008-04-21 03:54:00
Do not approach a story as a mathematical formula. Avoid ideas that a story is a series of separate elements. A poem is not made up like a batch of scones.Story is a stream rippling over rocks and not easy to control without impeding its flow.Don?t be afraid of rewrites.It?s OK. Successive drafts is how to polish ideas into story.A piece of string is exactly twice as long as it is from one end to its center. It?s much more troublesome to ask how long it takes to write a story.It simply takes as long as it takes.You?re not competing with anyone- no one else will ever write quite the same story as you can.This is your great strength.
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Not one second less
2008-04-21 03:54:00
Do not approach a story as a mathematical formula. Avoid ideas that a story is a series of separate elements. A poem is not made up like a batch of scones.Story is a stream rippling over rocks and not easy to control without impeding its flow.Don?t be afraid of rewrites.It?s OK. Successive drafts is how to polish ideas into story.A piece of string is exactly twice as long as it is from one end to its center. It?s much more troublesome to ask how long it takes to write a story.It simply takes as long as it takes.You?re not competing with anyone- no one else will ever write quite the same story as you can.This is your great strength.
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The difficult is simple
2008-04-20 02:40:00
Tying your shoes is simple, isn’t it? Write down how to tie your shoes, make it a perfect, useful description. It’s not easy? Someone would have explained how to tie your shoes first and walked you through it many times. This does not explain why you find it so easy to tie your shoes, and yet so hard to explain. No other teacher can take the place of experience. We learn best by doing. Imagine what would happen if you never learned to tie your shoes and had to invent your own knot? There would be many failures. Experience will teach you the practice; practice often Teachers give you tools to use to gain experience; practice what they teach. Dedication will grant you ability; this is your reward for hard practice.Ask no more of practice.
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The difficult is simple
2008-04-20 02:40:00
Tying your shoes is simple, isn?t it? Write down how to tie your shoes, make it a perfect, useful description. It?s not easy? Someone would have explained how to tie your shoes first and walked you through it many times. This does not explain why you find it so easy to tie your shoes, and yet so hard to explain. No other teacher can take the place of experience. We learn best by doing. Imagine what would happen if you never learned to tie your shoes and had to invent your own knot? There would be many failures. Experience will teach you the practice; practice often Teachers give you tools to use to gain experience; practice what they teach. Dedication will grant you ability; this is your reward for hard practice.Ask no more of practice.
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Strong teachers
2008-04-19 02:48:00
There is much we have to learn from and about writing. You don?t need to buy every text book on the subject. You would do well with just a dictionary and ?The Elements of style? By William Strunk Jr and EB White. Most of your text books are much more enjoyable. John Steinbeck?s works, anything by Banana Yosihmoto; Chuck Palahniuk to Jane Austin, the libraries of the world are your teachers. The smell of roast cooking on a cold night, the sound of leaves blown by the wind, and the elderly couple whose affection touches your heart; these are all mighty teachers. All the things you read, all the things you sense, take them and turn them over and about in your minds eye. Learn what things are from your point of view. Read a lot, and write a lot; there is much writing will teach you about the world.
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Strong teachers
2008-04-19 02:48:00
There is much we have to learn from and about writing. You don?t need to buy every text book on the subject. You would do well with just a dictionary and ?The Elements of style? By William Strunk Jr and EB White. Most of your text books are much more enjoyable. John Steinbeck?s works, anything by Banana Yosihmoto; Chuck Palahniuk to Jane Austin, the libraries of the world are your teachers. The smell of roast cooking on a cold night, the sound of leaves blown by the wind, and the elderly couple whose affection touches your heart; these are all mighty teachers. All the things you read, all the things you sense, take them and turn them over and about in your minds eye. Learn what things are from your point of view. Read a lot, and write a lot; there is much writing will teach you about the world.
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Entering the city with bliss bestowing hands
2008-04-18 03:37:00
The responsibility of the writer is not limited to writing, editing and, polishing the story. The writer?s purpose is to get the story out to people.You don?t have to publish; you don?t have to show your book to anyone, but if you like of what you?ve done, you should seek a publisher.Remember, this is a story that you believed in enough to spend hundreds of hours writing and editing; it?s a story you?d like to see others read.There are options when it comes to publishing. Choose what suits you; no matter what you do from this point you?ve achieved a great thing.Just believe in the story. This story will be something of yourself, but your greater self, and shared with others. This is a powerful gift.
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Entering the city with bliss bestowing hands
2008-04-18 03:37:00
The responsibility of the writer is not limited to writing, editing and, polishing the story. The writer?s purpose is to get the story out to people.You don?t have to publish; you don?t have to show your book to anyone, but if you like of what you?ve done, you should seek a publisher.Remember, this is a story that you believed in enough to spend hundreds of hours writing and editing; it?s a story you?d like to see others read.There are options when it comes to publishing. Choose what suits you; no matter what you do from this point you?ve achieved a great thing.Just believe in the story. This story will be something of yourself, but your greater self, and shared with others. This is a powerful gift.
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Returning to the origin, back to the source.
2008-04-17 03:30:00
After people have read what you?ve written, your worst fear is faced and overcome. If people like it, they tell you. If people don?t like it, they lie to you, and tell you they like it.Your friends will share it with others.Your story is no longer a set of pages you have written and called a book. It is, once again, pure story and living where it should- in other people?s minds.The more people talk about your story, the better you will have told the story.Sharing a story with others is granting it life. A writer must bring stories to life.
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Returning to the origin, back to the source.
2008-04-17 03:30:00
After people have read what you?ve written, your worst fear is faced and overcome. If people like it, they tell you. If people don?t like it, they lie to you, and tell you they like it.Your friends will share it with others.Your story is no longer a set of pages you have written and called a book. It is, once again, pure story and living where it should- in other people?s minds.The more people talk about your story, the better you will have told the story.Sharing a story with others is granting it life. A writer must bring stories to life.
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The cow and the man, both gone out of sight
2008-04-16 03:30:00
There comes a time when you are done with editing. You will know when that time, and you must make a committed decision.This doesn?t mean you can?t make small typographical changes, but it means it?s time to let the story out of the door.Hand out several copies to the two types of friends you have; the ones who will tell you the truth warts and all, and the ones who will tell you pleasant lies.Listen to what your truth speaking friends say. Think about what they?ve said from the story?s point of view; you?ll find their changes stick.Listen to your friends who tell you your novel is a best seller and feel good.The two combined are your co-editors- they will tell you what is great about your story, and what needs work.Listen.
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The cow and the man, both gone out of sight
2008-04-16 03:30:00
There comes a time when you are done with editing. You will know when that time, and you must make a committed decision.This doesn?t mean you can?t make small typographical changes, but it means it?s time to let the story out of the door.Hand out several copies to the two types of friends you have; the ones who will tell you the truth warts and all, and the ones who will tell you pleasant lies.Listen to what your truth speaking friends say. Think about what they?ve said from the story?s point of view; you?ll find their changes stick.Listen to your friends who tell you your novel is a best seller and feel good.The two combined are your co-editors- they will tell you what is great about your story, and what needs work.Listen.
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The cow forgotten, leaving the man alone
2008-04-15 03:41:00
When you are editing be dispassionate- Natalie Goldman calls it ?Samurai mode? in her book ?Writing down the bones? Eliminate all unnecessary words.Your editing pen, is a sword of life. You cut that which harms the story; you cut that which obscures it; you are its liberator and protector.But you will not see the story.The story will be invisible as you tighten sentences and eliminate word madness; you will be aware of it, but not conscious.You?re still working on the story, but in editing weighing one word, then one sentence at a time, eclipses other concerns; your story will well survive the pruning.
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The cow forgotten, leaving the man alone
2008-04-15 03:41:00
When you are editing be dispassionate- Natalie Goldman calls it ?Samurai mode? in her book ?Writing down the bones? Eliminate all unnecessary words.Your editing pen, is a sword of life. You cut that which harms the story; you cut that which obscures it; you are its liberator and protector.But you will not see the story.The story will be invisible as you tighten sentences and eliminate word madness; you will be aware of it, but not conscious.You?re still working on the story, but in editing weighing one word, then one sentence at a time, eclipses other concerns; your story will well survive the pruning.
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Riding home on the cows back
2008-04-14 02:46:00
In the second redraft, the story will be apparent.The editing will not be complete. You have story, but you must bring it out into the world properly.Write to be read.Remove all the punctuation and grammatical mistakes.Make things clear; plot is not the act of straightening out poor story telling in earlier chapters ? Jack-in-the-box twists added later are no asset.Try reading out aloud- our minds have a way of twisting what we read to make sense of things. By saying it aloud, you let yourself her from an outside angle, what you?ve written.This is just polish though- no amount of editing can revive a dead story.Unless you?ve written a text book people expect to find a living story.
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Riding home on the cows back
2008-04-14 02:46:00
In the second redraft, the story will be apparent.The editing will not be complete. You have story, but you must bring it out into the world properly.Write to be read.Remove all the punctuation and grammatical mistakes.Make things clear; plot is not the act of straightening out poor story telling in earlier chapters ? Jack-in-the-box twists added later are no asset.Try reading out aloud- our minds have a way of twisting what we read to make sense of things. By saying it aloud, you let yourself her from an outside angle, what you?ve written.This is just polish though- no amount of editing can revive a dead story.Unless you?ve written a text book people expect to find a living story.
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Herding the cow
2008-04-13 04:18:00
The first draft will never be perfect; a rough draft does not make a marketable product. There will be typing mistakes, grammatical train wrecks, unnecessary words, and misshapen ambiguities. It?s okay to have these in the rough draft. If you don?t find these in the rough draft you?re not reading your work back carefully enough. Get some distance between yourself and the story before you read it back- say a minimum of six weeks, lest you inadvertently maim it with over zealous editing. The first redraft will be the most drastic in terms of what you cut away, and what you change. Don?t be afraid of beating the story into shape, when you see it with fresh eyes. There will be things to change, there will be things you shouldn?t. Good editing relies on the ability to distinguish between the two.
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Herding the cow
2008-04-13 04:18:00
The first draft will never be perfect; a rough draft does not make a marketable product. There will be typing mistakes, grammatical train wrecks, unnecessary words, and misshapen ambiguities. It?s okay to have these in the rough draft. If you don?t find these in the rough draft you?re not reading your work back carefully enough. Get some distance between yourself and the story before you read it back- say a minimum of six weeks, lest you inadvertently maim it with over zealous editing. The first redraft will be the most drastic in terms of what you cut away, and what you change. Don?t be afraid of beating the story into shape, when you see it with fresh eyes. There will be things to change, there will be things you shouldn?t. Good editing relies on the ability to distinguish between the two.
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Catching the cow
2008-04-12 03:03:00
Listening and writing is not enough. You have to listen, and write, and get the story down on the page.All of the story, intact and whole; a rough draft.As you are writing, let the characters take the deviations they need to make the story happen. A detail or an episode might seem superfluous, but it is much easier to edit things out than to add solid detail and maintain a consistent connection.Story and character develop together, and it is very hard to add tracts of material to a draft.Better to let your pen run wild and write it all down as it comes than try to recapture that spirit.The story has to be complete; you can?t call it a rough draft with any part of the story missing.
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Catching the cow
2008-04-12 03:03:00
Listening and writing is not enough. You have to listen, and write, and get the story down on the page.All of the story, intact and whole; a rough draft.As you are writing, let the characters take the deviations they need to make the story happen. A detail or an episode might seem superfluous, but it is much easier to edit things out than to add solid detail and maintain a consistent connection.Story and character develop together, and it is very hard to add tracts of material to a draft.Better to let your pen run wild and write it all down as it comes than try to recapture that spirit.The story has to be complete; you can?t call it a rough draft with any part of the story missing.
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Seeing The Cow
2008-04-11 03:44:00
Ignore the first page of the first draft. It won?t be the story and it won?t describe what you see in the story.Consider your first draft getting to know the characters.As you write chapter after chapter after chapter, things will change. Characters become people you live with on the page.The character's voice will come through stronger, their actions will become more authentic.You do have to listen to them though, and you do have to watch what they do.Let that character live. If they do something unexpected, do not berate them, or beat them down; work with them, record their lives.The quality of your watching and listening determines the quality of the transmission between the story and the page; you are the medium, perfect yourself.
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Seeing The Cow
2008-04-11 03:44:00
Ignore the first page of the first draft. It won?t be the story and it won?t describe what you see in the story.Consider your first draft getting to know the characters.As you write chapter after chapter after chapter, things will change. Characters become people you live with on the page.The character's voice will come through stronger, their actions will become more authentic.You do have to listen to them though, and you do have to watch what they do.Let that character live. If they do something unexpected, do not berate them, or beat them down; work with them, record their lives.The quality of your watching and listening determines the quality of the transmission between the story and the page; you are the medium, perfect yourself.
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Seeing traces of the cow
2008-04-09 02:52:00
When you begin, the story will be a dead thing, an idea.?The man who could not eat the color red.?This is all it will be. You?ll have this idea, and many others.?The fish that feel in love with the moon,? ?A rainy night homeless in Capetown,? ?The man who could not eat the color red,? ?A life of thirteen years in a one foot by six inch glass tank,? ?The sound of bells on a lake only dreamed,?Some of these ides will seem good. Some of these ideas will seem bad, but they are all equivalent; mere ideas.None will grab you immediately and scream, ?I?m a Vogel winner!? but there will be some that appeal to you more than others.When you are looking, all stories are equal; choose one you like, there is no limit to what that story can contain.
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Seeing traces of the cow
2008-04-09 02:52:00
When you begin, the story will be a dead thing, an idea.?The man who could not eat the color red.?This is all it will be. You?ll have this idea, and many others.?The fish that feel in love with the moon,? ?A rainy night homeless in Capetown,? ?The man who could not eat the color red,? ?A life of thirteen years in a one foot by six inch glass tank,? ?The sound of bells on a lake only dreamed,?Some of these ides will seem good. Some of these ideas will seem bad, but they are all equivalent; mere ideas.None will grab you immediately and scream, ?I?m a Vogel winner!? but there will be some that appeal to you more than others.When you are looking, all stories are equal; choose one you like, there is no limit to what that story can contain.
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