Friday, September 12, 2008

Looking for work?

I don't know how other writers work. I don't really know how my own mind works (rarely, is what my wife would tell me) but I watched the creepy little movie that is linked to on The Poison Apple blog today (Thanks Cate!) and it inspired me. I have wanted to write a screenplay for awhile. I have studied the form and know most of the language. I often watch movies and try to 'write' (in my head) a story that would follow the movie. Often times my mind can come up with a better story than the movie but sometimes the screenplay is actually better than any story I can come up with. This movie was one of those times. It's not often that I will intentionally try to start a story specifically for a market either. I try to find a market after I write the story. I don't know what everyone else does but as long as you are getting published, who cares.

I don't know if it has to do with the richness or sparsity of the scene and setting or the actor(tress) that is playing the roles, but some things are actually better left to the screenplay form. The short little movie was borderline genius and I encourage everyone to watch it ALL THE WAY TO THE END.

I mentioned in my post that it reminded me of something that Robert Bloch would do. Now Bloch has been dead since the early 90's and is probably best known for his work on the Hitchcock movie Psycho but his short stories (very hard to come by) were masterful in their suspense. He had several collections of short stories, put out in the 60's after he became known as the Psycho guy, that would honestly put Stephen King to shame, and I like Kings short stories.

Anyway, the only Bloch book out there right now is a paperback from Hard Case Crime books that is a two-fer in the pulp category, if you are interested you should check it out. They are good reads.

This post has rambled on long enough. Anyone else have a favorite obscure short story writer out there? Please let me know.


Fox Lee said...

I tend to keep my obscure tastes to music, and even those are only unusual if you life outside of Hong Kong ; )

I have written stories specifically for a market, and vice versa. So far I think I might do better with the former, though they don't always sell to the intended publications. Something about a set word limit and specific theme is very enjoyable.

Cate Gardner said...

Oh, I'm so glad you were inspired. It was one of the creepiest things I've seen in some time.

Like Natalie, I sometimes write for a certain market and other times just when inspiration strikes.