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The Flaws in Writing a Story Without Affective Characters.

As many of you may know, I'm working on a project (memoir) based around myself. Today, I was assigned by my professor to look over a few of my classmates work and see if they had a clear and solid story concept. Some of them did, but there was one assignment for this STORY BIBLE OUTLINE (13-23 pages) that one student had done. He did NOT put any effort into his outline by giving detail or anything. How can you write a good story when everything is so general? I wanted detail and information but I didn't get that. I felt kind of bad when I was grading it, but it felt even worse that the characters were half developed. The character is just as important as the story, if you lack one thing then it all falls apart (like the domino effect). I wasn't sure if I wanted to say his project/outline was a waste of time, because it has no detail or imagery for me to go off of. There is only one student in my class, whose paper I looked over that blew me away...it had me smiling from ear to ear! That's what a story and the characters should do to you; make you have some type of emotionally reaction to it! Everyone wanted to be a writer, but not everyone is called! WOW!

Living with Courtney Love

On Tynan

Normally I'd be very hesitant to write about a celebrity - especially one who trusted me with her personal life by moving in with my friends and I. But... this is Courtney Love, so anything's fair game. Just kidding.

Actually I don't have a moral objection writing about her because I have basically only good things to say, and also because similar stories were already published in The Game: Penetrating the Secret Society of Pickup Artists. In case you missed the How I Became a Famous Pickup Artist series, The Game is a book which chronicles our adventures, written by the literary mastermind Neil Strauss, who was also a roommate at the time.

Mystery and I were in New York preparing to be on Good Morning America. Ultimately we didn't get on because Mystery's flamboyant character and dress offended the conservative and frumpy program director, and they canned the segment at the last minute. Neil was asked to write a story about Courtney Love for The Rolling Stone. He had never met her before. As Mystery and I waited for our workshop to begin we got a call from Neil. He had forgotten his tape recorder and wanted to know if we'd bring it to him.

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