Now that they ‘the circle’ have trusted you, all those wanting to be artist: writers/ poets/painters/ musicians should in return be decent enough not to go around throwing the names from the circle on the pavement along the road to your success like empty beer cans.
Which means once you get all the stories and have rearranged them in your head you keep in mind these ethics: You just don’t put them, people from your circle, down as they were. You must ever so slightly change their names, physical stats, sex, religion, locations, their mother father and mostly their social and sexual characters in the best possible permutation and combinations. Despite all this if they still look similar to someone who will recognize themselves : add an arm or a psychological tick like winking too much or persistently staring at the groin. If this doesn’t work add a pair of headlights! If it still doesn’t work promote them to your local drug lord or the president of your country! Still not working? delete one physical part after another and keep adding some animal part or car part! It has to work by now.
But be careful not to turn them into complete aliens because those agents and publishers you will be approaching don’t like such twisted imagination. FYI : they, the agents and their like, like good solid sob stories where the handsome almost diamond like glittering hero is beaten to a pulp before he becomes the fruit again! Anyway this troublesome issue of agents, publishers and their likes and dislikes should not be dealt here. These are the initial lessons on writing, the advanced lessons on getting your ass kicked will come later!
Back to the topic, Now where was I? Right here: If you are still left with any friends by the time you have got all your stories : you just don’t ever, even as much as think of putting them with or without headlights in your manuscript. Although the chance of you having any friends left is too remote if you go around collecting and delivering gossip like I told you!
And if you hate someone how do you put them in your manuscript? you make them the villain of your book and write about them as they are and add to it too : they should not just be evil but suffer from some horrible and if appropriate a pus oozing sexual disease! Then add scenes when they are stabbed by robbers, run over by cars, pushed from high buildings which of course they struggle through and survive only to be bitten by vampires or even better ask your vampires to chase these two cent villains around the world and then bite them!
And if you are worried they, the friends turned enemies from ‘the circle’, will not buy your book once it is published you are wrong!
First of all your book will not be published so easily and if it is they, your friends cum enemies, will definitely buy your book just to see what shit you have written about them! They will sit on their toilet seats and read and read your book and then bang their heads against their washbasin mirrors! They will tear open your book or better burn it and then they will get more angry and buy more books to tear it and burn it! Your enemies are frustrated and you are rich! What more do you want?
The above mentioned is the unspoken law of collecting stories which no one will tell you. There are certain standard story collecting techniques the advice on which all published authors, agents and publishers will give you, “Read, read and read.” And then “write, write and write”.
What they are telling you in an underhand way I am telling you openly :
Read good books, read popular ones and most importantly read lousy books. You can steal the maximum from lousy books and no one will note. But don’t steal a lot because they are lousy books for a reason. Be generous with everyone and everything you have read, that way you can pay your secret tributes and also get a good saucy mixture.
If anyone says you plagiarized tell them this:
1. there are only 26 alphabets.
2. only that many good sounding finite words and sentences that can be made of them.
3. people have been writing for years and have already consumed the entire dictionary a million times.Writers have to learn a few things from musicians!
There is another most authentic way of collecting stories : get your ass kicked and then write about it!
P.S An eulogy to all the innocents caught in-between: Believe me if a writer/ musician any artist for that matter or a hopeful is listening to you very attentively he/ she is trying to cook some fiction/ lyrics/ story board in his head over your nonfiction much real life! So, God bless you!
Next comes : how to write the authentic story!