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    James Patterson masterclass

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by sprirj, Jun 29, 2015.

    Saw an advert on this website for James Patterson writing masterclass. Just curious if anyone has taken it/considered it? It sounds ok, but having not read one of his books, I wonder what I'd get out of it. Stephen king describes his writing as terrible.

    Is $90 good value for 3 hours worth of video lessons?
     
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    I guess it depends on whether or not you like Patterson's writing.
     
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    I once heard his writing described as the literary equivalent of Kentucky Fried Chicken. Maybe I should try it sometime.
     
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    Extra crispy or original recipe, suh?
     
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    @EdFromNY Extra crispy with a side order of airport novel sauce.
     
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    ...and a little bit of ghost writing on the other side :)
     
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    I'd recommend using that $90 to buy On Writing by Stephen King. I've never actually read it myself but I've heard nothing but good things about it, and not to mention that Stephen King really is a master. On the flip side, I've heard nothing but bad things about James Patterson's writing. So weighing them both up, I'd go for On Writing.

    It's cheaper and it's probably better.
     
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    $90 dollars seems a lot of money to pay for a lot of things, if you're not certain to get value out of it. I'd second the above suggestion of On Writing. Less of a risk financially speaking and probably more helpful too.
     
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    I did see some free 'demos' on MasterClass. Here's one for demonstration:



    Personally, why I would I need to pay $90 bucks on his masterclass videos when I have this lovely forum to give me advice for free? <hugs forum> That said, if you're interested and don't mind blowing away that much money on that, go ahead.
     
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    Personally I believe this is aimed at people who are a bit below our standards. We probably know what he has to teach already.
     
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    "Those who can't do, ..."

    I'll admit, I used to love James Patterson's writing. When I was 14 and hadn't read any other post-YA books to compare/contrast him against (actually, even then I'm pretty sure I thought some of his sentences were poorly constructed). Then I discovered John Saul, Stephen King, Patricia Cornwell, Karin Slaughter, Jim Butcher, Tess Gerritsen, Dean Koontz ... Pretty much everybody except James Patterson.
     
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    'Learn from the best.'

    I didn't know Shakespeare was still alive. :supergrin:
     
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    I'm pretty sure the workshops will be useful for people starting from scratch and interested in the very basics of narrative storytelling. Some members here are in that boat, new to the hobby/craft/profession/art and probably need a 'heads up'. It could be useful for them.
     
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    If he'd teach me how to sell like he does, it would be money well spent.
     
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    If you buy his masterclass, then you've just received lesson 1.
     
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    In all honesty, though, I'd be surprised if this didn't have something of value in it.
     
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    Even if it supports what you may already be doing.
     
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    You'd think with all his millions he could afford to buy a better shirt than that plain, dark blue thing he's wearing.
     
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    That's just his way of communicating that he is like us. You have to remember, he is a master. If he wants to portray himself without raised, block letters with a gold-foil finish, like on his covers, then I might be inclined to hand my $90 over. Maybe go for the Rosetta Stone combo, too.
     
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    Is it just videos? I'm skeptical of a writing course that doesn't require any reading.
     
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    writing coarse? Is that a Freudian slip, perchance?
     
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    Selbbin speak good england.
     
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    Ya, he do.
     
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    I will probably give it a miss. Just curious if I'd missed something important, but doesn't sound like my cup of tea.
     

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