12.21.2006

The hook model

For everyone who seems to think I mean use XYX thing as a template: get a grip.

It's a tool. Use it to make sure you have all the elements. You wouldn't send a hook in that form but you'd use it as a starting point. Like preparing a canvas before you paint on it.

Maybe you're used to painting directly on the velvet.

20 comments:

Heidi the Hick said...

bwa ha ha ha ha

Anonymous said...

HOW DARE YOU INSULT ME BY INNUENDO!!!!

i know your talking about me!

A POX!! ON YOUR HOUSE!

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Luc2 said...

What do you mean "a template"? I just had it tattooed on my forearm. Why didn't you mention that in the first place? Great, a tool.

nut said...

Personally, I prefer to draw on walls. With a piece of lead, that fell off the ceiling. Drives the landlady nuts...

You can only imagine, what my book looks like.

Upuryx, a wonderful name for a mutant astro-nut, who's fallen in love with an alien two headed dragon...

Ok, shuttin up. No need to send the ballerina guard dog on me.

Anonymous said...

Okay, I thought I was really worldly, but I don't get the velvet thing. Does anyone actually paint on velvet? Or is that a way of saying that the artist is using the most expensive materials on trial runs? Anyone? Anyone? Buehler?

Anonymous said...

anonymous:Okay, I thought I was really worldly, but I don't get the velvet thing.

You've never seen a Velvet Elvis? Or the matadors painted on black velvet? Oh, the blessed innocence of youth. How I wish I'd never seen one.

For a while, paint-by-number on velvet kits were The Big Thing. So were paintings of crying clowns and dogs playing poker.

Aconite

Anonymous said...

Thank-you. Your Crapometer has been the best writing lesson I have ever had.

- Edward

Anonymous said...

When you had posted that I thought to myself "Wow now posters are going to think Miss Snark gave away some kind of secret."

LOL! Some posters actually did.

Funny.

angie said...

Um...if you've never seen a black velvet painting, count yourself fortunate. And no, it is not a sign of expensive materials or excellent quality - that would be Belgian linen, Kolinsky sable brushes, high quality oils and an artist worth a damn doing the work.

cm allison said...

anon 12/22: may I send you my ex's velvet Elvis? It's taking up too much space in the basement.

Anonymous said...

She just wants you to keep the hook short and sweet.

I think too many writers try and be original with their hooks and wind up providing too much information. Why give an agent a reason to reject you?

Run your hook like everyone else's and then include one sentence about a plot point that makes your story different. The agent reading it doesn't have to think your story is great, just that it might be and they'll ask for pages.

Inkwolf said...

Anonymous said...
"Okay, I thought I was really worldly, but I don't get the velvet thing. Does anyone actually paint on velvet? Or is that a way of saying that the artist is using the most expensive materials on trial runs? Anyone? Anyone? Buehler?"

Painting on black velvet brings out the colors in extremely vivid tones. For a while, black-velvet paintings (particularly those of Elvis) were staples at flea markets and were held up as the ultimate in bad taste and kitsch.

Of course, that was before a few well-known and respected artists decided to set the convention on its ear by painting on black velvet themselves...inclusing (lord save us) pictures of Elvis. (You know, it's like a comic panel isn't art until Andy Warhol blows it up to giant size...)

For what it's worth, I like the glowing contrast of paintings on black velvet, though I do not own any and all my own painting is done digitally these days. :p

Anonymous said...

The Divine Miss Snark said of the hook,"It's a tool. Use it to make sure you have all the elements. You wouldn't send a hook in that form but you'd use it as a starting point. Like preparing a canvas before you paint on it.

Maybe you're used to painting directly on the velvet."

I have a new name for our esteemed leader: Cutty Snark :-)

Nut said...

Anon, peple do paint on velvet!

Of course, it's not *real* velvet, at least I don't think it is, cause I got me some cheap clothes that feel like the material on those paintings. Polyester based I think...

I actually had one of those paintings, bought it at Sheepshead Bay, by the canal. The painters sell those for about 10 bucks a pop, on Sundays, in the summer.

Real velvet paintings must exist though...

Oh, and I'm sure Miss Snark is a wonderful painter.

Okay, I'm done.

Anonymous said...

Anon2 -- Velvet, as in the background for bad paintings of Elvis or dogs playing poker.

R.J. Anderson said...

Dear Anonymous:

Here's the scoop on black velvet paintings.

M. G. Tarquini said...

Way out west where the coyote roam, John Wayne and Jesus are velvet painting favorites.

Laura(southernxyl) said...

The very best paintings on velvet are the paint-by-number ones.

Nut, William Faulkner wrote on his wall. With red crayon, I think. I saw it myself when I visited Rowan Oak several years ago.

Anonymous said...

Holy shit, now I remember those silly velvet things. How could I forget? I remember those in the seventies. I think I actually badgered my mom to buy me one at the South of the Border store once when we were on our way down the East coast to South Carolina, threw a tantrum when she wouldn't cave. I used to think they were cool until I hit about puberty. Okay, okay, thanks everyone for reminding me.

Hoyt Peterson said...

I still have one of those paint by number projects that I did as a kid. I think it was a lioness and her cubs sleeping in the tall grass or perhaps it was horses grazing in the pasture, it was some animal scene I'm sure. Maybe I should dig it out and see if it will sell on Ebay?