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Video, Writing Advice
Student: “But I can hear the music so much better in my head than I can get out of my fingers.”
Master: “What makes you think that ever changes?”
— Art and Fear, a book every aspiring artist, of whatever type, should read.
I work as a writer and artist…gosh I can’t stand this quote, I don’t think it’s true. It assumes that every creative has killer taste (wrong) and once you overcome the gap, you’ve made it in life (wrong). The gap is lifelong and if you’re a good artist your tastes are constantly changing. But whatevs…I think the people who are older creatives already know this.
I’ve seen far too many new “writers” whose work frankly sucks, and most of them display absolutely no desire to improve.
And this distinguishes them from the main body of humanity in what way, exactly?
For me, it’s kind of the opposite. The stories I’m least proud of are the ones people tell me are good. The ones I’m most proud of, I’ve likely screwed up majorly somewhere.
I think he’s making a big assumption in saying that all creatives have good taste. Many might. But some of the writing in self-published books really makes me question this assertion.
Heck, some writing in many traditionally-published books makes me question it.
Okay. So it’s not true for everybody. So what? Bet it’s true for a lot! And it’s a valuable message for the creative who does perceive that her creation falls far short of her aspiration. And, sure, that gap persists. But it gets smaller! Think about the story you wrote at age 15. Then the one at 25. And so on. Was the gap between vision and reality present? Yes. Was it so vast as in the earliest attempts at art? Maybe. But I bet there are some of your later creations where it’s smaller.
This makes a lot of sense. When you were just learning to write and you were already reading The Hobbit, there was an obvious gap between your motor skills to produce writing and what you saw every day on the page. But they didn’t let you out of practicing handwriting with your fat pencil, so eventually you learned.
Similarly, you could always see a lot better than you could color and draw, but they didn’t tell you it was okay to retire your crayons to the great artists of the world. So you learned to color and draw (at least a little).
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