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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

ToU - A Love Story






And so one day you ask yourself, what if I were to write a love story?
Something that when read it will make people think, man, I wish that happened to me! Or not. Their reaction could always be wow, wonder when they’ll ever get a break!
It wouldn’t have to be an epic but certainly not pulp fiction.
I mean, not kill yourself vainly trying to imitate Shakespeare in ‘Romeo and Juliet’ but definitely most definitely not be just another [space blank so you can insert the romance writer whose name you clearly utterly absolutely despise.]
One thing you learn fast of course is this business of writing love stories is not for the faint-hearted. If you want to do it right, of course. Like with most any other type of writing, experience is not necessarily required. But it sure does help.
Let me give you an example.
What if you were to have no other motivation at all than an old pix and somebody were to ask you: write something about that and put some romantic content in it.
Let me try, you say. And you go like:
Shot this pix a while ago. It was meant to be kind of a self-portrait.
So kind of thought it funny that day when somebody asked, "Who shot that picture?" And all you could say was, "Nobody, don’t have nobody to shoot me pix."
But the question kept gnawing at you, like ‘Can’t anybody believe that I can operate a camera?’
Till it became clear that in a way it had actually been a lucky shot — that one-in-a-million click that somehow captures what’s really inside you, which is where she always was.

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