A brief intermissionA Lesson by Mike Lamb
A personal introduction and summary of the philosophy of the course.
I hope you enjoyed the last lesson about ponies. If you didn't get the joke, then I'm going to have to recommend that you stop reading this immediately, as you are probably in my "I'm going to make fun of you" demographic.
The lessons of this course are not intended to be taken as strict guidelines for writing, nor are they meant to contradict the rules just for the sake of being defiant. I'm not trying to give you a step-by-step tutorial of how to write exactly like me. I write like me. You write like you. This course provides a philosophy about writing designed to help you find your own style without limiting yourself to the ideas and opinions of others. Every once in a while I give advice that most scholars and professors have given for years. This is usually by accident, and only because I agree that it really is good advice. And sometimes the lessons cover things that the same professors would undoubtedly recommend against. In all of these cases, I'm illustrating a technique that I use and how I've made it work according to my own intuitive system of logic. If someone says don't do something because of [x], where x is the established reason of why something is unacceptable, you must first evalute the relative truth of x. If it doesn't apply in a certain situation, the rule is forfeit and it should be left to the author's judgment.
Many of these lessons reflect my own style of writing and my reasons for doing it that way. I am a self taught writer, and I've only been writing fiction for about three years, give or take. But I've been a storyteller all my life, and that's what dictates my writing style above all else. I started reading heavily at a young age, everything from science and history to folklore and mythology. When I was twelve my holy trinity of fiction authors was Clive Barker, H.P. Lovecraft, and Douglas Adams. Yeah. I read The Hellbound Heart when I was f*****g twelve years old. That shouldn't even be legal.
By age sixteen I discovered sex and drugs. So reading kinda went out the window for the next ten years or so.
Anyway, after graduating from Art School (my passion since childhood, long before I considered writing), I took a seven year hiatus from being productive in order to have what we writers euphemistically call "life experience," much of it in strip clubs or on acid.
But now I write s**t. So I guess my closing piece of advice is find your voice and go write s**t.
Added on September 24, 2010
Last Updated on September 24, 2010
AboutArtist, writer, and a drunken lunatic prophet. I am the author of Jack's Inferno, a dark comedy bizarro/horror novel about Hell, previously published through Wordplague (now defunct). I am also a pro..