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Excerpts from “Writer’s Secrets Vol. 1 – Writing About Famous People You Know”
Dear fellow scribblers,
It is with the greatest possible enthusiasm, even glee, that I
open this first volume of my new series from Writers Secrets.
This series has been developing for a very long time, for over
fifty years in fact. I have not only written, but have helped
thousands of people worldwide to write, too.
However, today, I take you to a whole new level. Never done
before, I will show you how to master every aspect of writing
so that you will know what to do, when to do it, how to do it.
And, I will give you helpful models so you can see how I do it.
In no educational institution with which I am familiar can you
learn every essential point of what it takes to be a successful,
that is to say, a money-making writer.
Hitherto educators in the field of writing have simply said “To
be a writer, one must write.” This fatuous advice is neither
useful nor productive. One needs to know more, and more again
about writing before showing that writing to anyone.
Once you’ve read the volumes in this series, you will be amongst
the elite of the Earth, because good writers get all the goodies,
name recognition, esteem, veneration, and, of course, money.
For let us never forget, that “None but a blockhead writes but
for money” (Dr. Samuel Johnson, 1709-1784, inventor of the first
English language dictionary).
I am tired of meeting people, particularly young people, who have
been given that useless advice… to be a writer, one must write.
In these pages, I shall show you the verities of writing, and the facts
which will advance you… or, should you fail to use them, destroy
any chance of your success.
As we begin this exciting series of absolutely unique and
unprecedented volumes, I want you to know that my goal here
is cosmic, exhaustive, thorough, inventive, and powerful. By
following these steps, and not the vagaries of any previous
instruction you may have had, you will find yourself awash in
trophies… including fame, notoriety, affection, appreciation, awe,
recognition, honor, and certain reverence.
For all these, and so many other benefits, can and must be
yours, if you will but understand the structure of successful
writing, and work for a lifetime to perfect your skills. You see,
the world loves writers, and I, therefore, love the world. For
so many years now that I cannot even remember, writing has
been my unstoppable rocket, matched by nothing else.
You say, upon being asked, “What do you do for a living?” The
response launches the beneficial process… “I am a writer.” And
by that we mean superior, intelligent, clever, shrewd, inventive,
creative, and for the nonce, charming to a degree no average mortal
can even wish for, much less attain.
I shall be attending you every inch of this fabulous journey.
For now you have an advisor of note, dexterity, inventiveness,
truth, and may I say it, love. For seeing you advance will be one of
the glories of my life. And I shall say as I see you rise, “This one
came from me!” Be that one.
Now let us begin. The topic of this first volume is not just
writing, but writing about famous people you know. I have
started with what could be construed as an advanced class
because once you master this, you will be able to gain
access and commendable results from any famous person
in the universe.
You will never say, if you have ever said, and might truly say,
that you have nothing to write about… like a woman going to
a closet full of gowns and saying “I have nothing to wear”. You
will never say again, having mastered this chapter, that you have
nothing to write about. Master these guidelines, and fly high…
Preparing to write.
Successful writers are obsessive writers. We do not just write,
we think about writing, write about writing, think about writing
subjects, research writing subjects, add words, delete words,
fight with words, than which there is nothing more difficult. Yes,
words, because on the field of words, our destiny will be played
Let us begin to prepare for this great battle of your life… a
battle which can exist everyday, and from which you may
squeeze victories, notable and significant, or not.
I am giving you advice about how to write about famous people
you know first, because I want you not just to write, but write to
be read, write to be admired, write to generate demanding and
persuasive discussions, write to instruct. These are the worthy
objectives of writing.
This moment, I want you to brainstorm and ask yourself whether
you have any famous people amongst your circle of friends and
acquaintances. In my experience, everyone has at least one or
two such people. Why do you want to write about them? Because
they’re famous, of course. And there is one thing about our
obsession with celebrities… we’re all drawn to them, thus you
have a ready market for any celebrity article you write.
So let us now consider what you need to know, and do, before
commencing a profile or any other type of article about a famous
person or acquaintance.
When you are writing about a famous person known to you, then
you know you are most usually in touch with that person. There
are subtle but significant differences between writing about a
famous person you know, and a famous person you don’t. This
particular article must be based on some of the myriad of facts
you could use to write about this celebrity.
Picture for a moment the following pair of subjects… you could
write about the Emperor Napoleon, or you could write about the
current Prince Napoleon. What is the difference? When you
write about a subject like Prince Napoleon, you can gain
access to that individual and people who know him, and that
would subtly and significantly change the direction, emphasis,
For instance, let us say you wanted to describe the room in
which the interview or article takes place. To get an idea about
each element of the room would take an enormous amount of
research because contemporary writers and commentators,
much less those from the past, almost never provide a good
basic overview of everything they see, no matter how important
these details might be for an apt presentation of the subject.
They would not have written, because they did not observe, about
the shade of the drapes, the number and kind of chairs, what
Napoleon had on his desktop, what sandwiches might be sitting
on the side board, or the pair of muddy shoes next to the door
providing access to the great man.
In other words, one person from the past, no matter how
observant, would have left over 90% of the essential information
where they failed to find it in the first place. Mirabile dictu. This
is writing sacrilege! The wanton destruction of essential
information, which, when properly used, gives us the basis
for seeing reality, and rendering it for readers now, and hundreds
of years hence.
When you read the articles which follow, models of their kind,
based on famous people I have known, you will understand how
important the tiniest shred of information can be to creating lively
and alive prose.
How will you arrive at this desirable conclusion? By arduous effort.
For example… never do an interview or profile before you have
had the opportunity to test your skills of observation and
remembering. Take a single sheet of paper, and give yourself
a test. Walk into any room that you know, for say five minutes.
Then, exit the room to another which is disconnected, and where you
cannot see in. Now, write down everything that you remember about the
room you were in just moments ago. You will say, “That was a
great many things!” However I will tell you this… be more concerned
about what you have remembered, than all you have forgotten. If
you find yourself remembering with difficulty, then you know how
essential it would be for you to perfect that skill.
Good profiles, superior profiles succeed because you have
mastered each essential element of the life you are profiling.
The more you will know about the subject, the more of that
subject you will capture. Writing about people is always an
exercise in sleuthing and detailed research and analysis.
I have included with this chapter, five articles on celebrated
people I have known. You will notice how I presented these
people and told their stories. I am no respecter of persons,
neither must you be. What you must respect instead is the
detailed and truthful information you gather before writing.
Writing must always be the last of a long detailed process,
designed to capture and present truth. If, as the saying goes,
the truth shall set you free, then most assuredly the truth,
and the integrity you bring to your writing, will free you, too,
and set you on the path where your very designation as
writer will cause readers to stand up, take notice, and applaud.
When they do, you will know you are a writer.
I have selected the elegant film score from the 1994 version
of “Little Women” by Thomas Newman. It is smooth and tranquil…
perhaps too smooth and tranquil for those of us who have read
the immortal novel (1868), or seen Katharine Hepburn in the
starring role of Josephine “Jo” March (1933).
We love Jo because she is rough around the edges. She does
“scandalous” things, cannot rise to the necessity of perfect party
manners, and has a frustrating tendency (for her, not for us) to be
indiscriminate in her always candid opinions. For our purposes,
we must remember just one thing… she was an aspiring writer, and
she approached her craft with avidity, enthusiasm, and a “damn
the torpedoes full speed ahead” disposition.
She made mistakes, she made them often, she blundered, she
got it all wrong from time to time, but… and this is the significant
conjunction, she kept at it.
She wrote constantly, she carried a little notebook and pencil to
jot down her ideas, she wrote regularly, and always submitted her
work product for review, evaluation, and publishing.
She then took what she had learned and put it to immediate work,
and therefore her life, her writing, was simply an ongoing measure
of her improvements.
She was rejected often, often simply ignored, but she never quit,
and so out of the criticism and commentary, sometimes hurtful,
often painful, came stories of insight and human understanding.
In short, through failure judiciously studied, came success.
Reader… this lesson is for you.
We love her, and we do love her, because she was one of us.
And we hope in due course to be rewarded just the way she was,
and as lavishly, our name, our work, eternity bound… just as hers
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