Currently a senior at Cortland State, majoring in Professional Writing with a concentration in Editing, Publishing, and Creative Writing.
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How do you know you're a writer?
This question lingers in every single person’s mind if they’re on a writing career path. There are many famous writers today that strongly believe if you’re not writing every single day or if you don’t write every minute you have free, then you’re not a writer. Should this advice or this way of thinking be what people look at to decide if they’re writers? There’s no one who can truly decide this for you, but this advice can be very discouraging. Also, possibly tie in the growing industry of self publishing (with the intense competition of writing and publishing). Is it working? Is it worth it? Or do we stick to agents who have connections?
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Trailers: Marketing Over Quality?
There are so many trailers and other film marketing apparatus that portray a film in a different light than it should be in order to sell the film and bring in viewers. For instance in other countries, Brad Pitt was the only face of the poster for 12 Years A Slave, when his appearance was only a few minutes towards the end of the film. The trailer for Click tried to sell the movie as a comedy, when the movie turned out to be a sad film, arguably not for children. This second part might be a completely different article, but many trailers now, because of the time/length requirement, give away too much of the film and perhaps when trying to avoid this, they sell it as a completely different movie. Discuss whether marketing gets in the way of quality of trailers. Trailers are perhaps the most important part of the movie because they are the first impression.
The Different Types of Television Comedy
There are so many different ways a comedic TV show can reach its audience, and each one draws in a different audience because each one is comedic in a unique way. For instance, How I Met Your Mother and Friends are comedic in a way that make you want to join in on the friendships they share — a more realistic comedy. There is also Stand Up comedy TV that draws in a variety of different watchers who all like to watch one person but differ based on the jokes (Lisa Lampanelli is a very different type of stand up comedy than Jeff Dunham). I am sure there are other types of comedy TV shows. It would be interesting to examine the different types of TV comedy and its elements and what type of audience does each type of comedy attract.
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Taboo Topics in Novels
I am currently reading a book called "Mayumi and the Sea of Happiness" by Jennifer Tseng in which she writes about a middle aged woman who becomes involved with a high school boy. Of course this sounds sick, but the elegance of Tseng’s words almost make you forget the strange nature of their relationship. It would be interesting if someone could explore the influence of writing and style on taboo topics that make readers less offended or that make it possible to sit through a book like this and enjoy it. I am a big fan of Jodi Picoult and I know she often tip toes on boundaries as well, if you wanted to explore more than one author.
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