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    The definition of a hack

    Postby Robspierre » 05 May 2010 19:49

    I've been reading Steven Pressfield's The War of Art, his treatise on writing and creativity.

    He gives the following definition of a hack:

    I learned this from Robert McKee, A hack, he says, is a writer who second-guesses his audience. When the hack sits down to work, he doesn't ask himself what's in his own heart. He asks what the market is looking for.


    Pressfield goes on to write:

    The hack condescends to his audience. He thinks he's superior to them.


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    Re: The definition of a hack

    Postby SandChigger » 05 May 2010 19:57

    Nice. And oh so apt with regard to our favorite hack. :)

    [Edited; didn't like my original wording. AR FTW! :P ]
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    I don't like every writer's style; for instance, I have never been able to get through Ursula LeGuin, China Mieville, or Iain Banks, all of whom are critical darlings. —KJA

    I...had written a bunch of Star Wars and X-Files books...that proved not just that I'm a hack, but that I could write in somebody else's universe... —KJA
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    Re: The definition of a hack

    Postby TheDukester » 05 May 2010 20:31

    Damn, that's perfect.

    +++++

    (I did his Rommel book on audio last year ... good stuff)
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    Re: The definition of a hack

    Postby Nekhrun » 05 May 2010 20:33

    Those could fit into a #McDune tweet.
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    Re: The definition of a hack

    Postby TheDukester » 05 May 2010 20:44

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    Re: The definition of a hack

    Postby Nekhrun » 05 May 2010 20:48

    Love it.
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    Re: The definition of a hack

    Postby Tleszer » 05 May 2010 21:09

    Nice! :clap:
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    Re: The definition of a hack

    Postby Robspierre » 05 May 2010 21:44

    TheDukester wrote:Damn, that's perfect.

    +++++

    (I did his Rommel book on audio last year ... good stuff)



    Dukester, have you read any of his other work? Great stuff.

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    Re: The definition of a hack

    Postby TheDukester » 05 May 2010 21:57

    Just that one. I've heard of Gates of Fire, of course. Maybe I'll put it in the queue ... I'm always on the lookout for my "next read."
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    Re: The definition of a hack

    Postby Robspierre » 05 May 2010 22:09

    I've read everything but The legend of Bagger Vance.

    Gates of Fire is what 300 wishes it could of been. I cannot recommend it enough. Powerful storytelling.

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