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Rhambo
05-16-2009, 02:13
and I need 40 million dollars. I was considering writing, because it seems like easy money. By writing I mean Harry Potter type novels, not some fucking sports column. So what should I do? Three characters in an alternate world, with many supporting characters (i.e. Lord of the Rings) or in the modern world with a secret variance (Harry Potter)? I think I'll plan my epic for a few days and then start.

[O]_Fawkes
05-16-2009, 02:15
Write what you love to write about.

Why do you need to get $40 mil anyway?

Rhambo
05-16-2009, 02:16
_Fawkes;3391776']Write what you love to write about.

Why do you need to get $40 mil anyway?

Why the fuck would I NOT need 40 mil?

[O]_Fawkes
05-16-2009, 02:21
Why the fuck would I NOT need 40 mil?

I'm just saying it's an oddly specific amount.

Anyway, if you want $40 Mil from books you're going to need to write a true winner. It has to appeal to a wide variety of people and it has to captivate them.

Basically, you have to dull down what you REALLY want to write about (Sex, boobs, women).

Write about what you love, still, but making it appealing to a wide variety of people. If you can do that you'll have a winner, not saying you'll like the end result since it's just a book you wrote to appeal to what everybody likes, not what you like, but meh.

Mudgutts
05-16-2009, 02:25
write a novel on how you can, and do, fellate yourself. be specific. be yourself.

instant cult classic.

Rhambo
05-16-2009, 02:27
_Fawkes;3391794']I'm just saying it's an oddly specific amount.

Anyway, if you want $40 Mil from books you're going to need to write a true winner. It has to appeal to a wide variety of people and it has to captivate them.

Basically, you have to dull down what you REALLY want to write about (Sex, boobs, women).

Write about what you love, still, but making it appealing to a wide variety of people. If you can do that you'll have a winner, not saying you'll like the end result since it's just a book you wrote to appeal to what everybody likes, not what you like, but meh.

The problem is I don't have much talent... but I still need the money. So the last few days I've been looking for some sort of formula, which successful books follow. Usually there are 3 strong characters, with about a dozen supporting chars. After I read LotR, I think I'll have some more insight. About what you said that it has to appeal to many people, yeah that's true.

Question in OP is still open.

emasame
05-16-2009, 03:58
make interesting plot.
memorable characters which are faced with moral decisions.
win monies.

gloryhound
05-16-2009, 04:11
Make a shitty book with shitty placeholder characters that face problems regular teenagers would, then throw in something cool, like vampires for instance, and fill it to the brim with love-dovey crap and teen angst.

Teenagers are stupid, they'll love it.

Three Dog
05-16-2009, 04:19
and I need 40 million dollars. I was considering writing, because it seems like easy money. By writing I mean Harry Potter type novels, not some fucking sports column. So what should I do? Three characters in an alternate world, with many supporting characters (i.e. Lord of the Rings) or in the modern world with a secret variance (Harry Potter)? I think I'll plan my epic for a few days and then start.

Screw writing. Create a religion which embezzles millions from the participants of it. Then hire people from the government to cover it all up...meh.

Minotaur
05-16-2009, 04:43
The other night I had a massive headache so I took a Tylenol, with Smirnoff, right after taking synthroid, before I crashed. I had some fucked up hallucinations, and a really awesome idea for a book. Sadly, I can't remember it.

But I'll try again tonight.

Caffy
05-16-2009, 05:34
You could be like Obama and write a bunch of books about yourself. Apparently you don't have to actually accomplish anything for people to want to read about you.

Zangosteely
05-16-2009, 05:57
Screw writing. Create a religion which embezzles millions from the participants of it. Then hire people from the government to cover it all up...meh.

Call it something catchy...

How about Scientology? No thats taken.

Qikdraw
05-16-2009, 06:54
Become a tv evangelist and then say you need 40 million dollars or the Lord is gonna take you to heaven.

SSguy
05-16-2009, 07:12
Become a tv satanist and then say you need 40 million dollars or the Lord is gonna take you to heaven.

Fixt, bible thumpers would want him to go to heaven...prolly kill him too.

Qikdraw
05-16-2009, 09:08
Fixt, bible thumpers would want him to go to heaven...prolly kill him too.

Nope. It worked for Oral Roberts (http://www.apostasyalert.org/Oral%20Roberts.htm), although he only asked for 8 million.

dinkfall
05-16-2009, 10:43
If you want 40mil you probably should invest in the buy side, no wait that don't work anymore.
Guess you're stuck poor.

Badem
05-16-2009, 13:35
money isnt the source of happiness people think it is

but it sure buys a shitload of hookers,drugs and booze

Dakeus
05-16-2009, 14:08
Tolkien is not a very good writer so you shouldn't be inspired by him too much, he had quite an imagination though.

DoveAlexa
05-16-2009, 15:01
and I need 40 million dollars. I was considering writing, because it seems like easy money. By writing I mean Harry Potter type novels, not some fucking sports column. So what should I do? Three characters in an alternate world, with many supporting characters (i.e. Lord of the Rings) or in the modern world with a secret variance (Harry Potter)? I think I'll plan my epic for a few days and then start.
Appeal to the sick fantasies of teenage (and middle aged) girls with a kidnapping and necrophilia fetish, just like the author of twilight did.
Seriously though, you can make wicked money but playing into people's sick twisted desires. But none of this gets far if you don't market the book. Pass out the finished copies out maybe, or hire some teenage girls to shill for you, making their peers want your book to be cool.

Marketing is key.

[O]_Fawkes
05-16-2009, 15:06
Tolkien is not a very good writer so you shouldn't be inspired by him too much, he had quite an imagination though.

He was a very good writer, he just doesn't appeal to the modern mind because of the language he uses.

More than that, he seemed to have failed many times in writing his book, because just reading it you can see he expects the reader to know many things about the book that he may have put in earlier copies, and yet we do not know them.

Rhambo
05-16-2009, 16:18
The other night I had a massive headache so I took a Tylenol, with Smirnoff, right after taking synthroid, before I crashed. I had some fucked up hallucinations, and a really awesome idea for a book. Sadly, I can't remember it.

But I'll try again tonight.

Godspeed to you

PainlessDeath
05-16-2009, 18:07
money isnt the source of happiness people think it is

How much happiness does poor buy?

OP, one word: lawsuit