“I would have written a shorter letter, but I did not have the time.” – Blaise Pascal
I’m in total edit-mode right now. Help?
You can’t tell but I just had a 3 minute blank stare after i’d started writing something and then went “garbage”. The self censorship knows no bounds!
The last couple of months i’ve been writing a book on creativity. It’s been super-exciting to talk with artists, neuroscientists, psychologists, entrepreneurs and indefinable creatives!
The process isn’t quite over since 2 of the meetings got postponed. I had to break the deadline by 1 week. And after preaching about the importance of keeping deadlines and promises! How dare I?!
Because I really wanted to get these things in the book. Now get off my back i’m trying to write something here!
It’s really cool to go through the process in a new field. You can see that the same basic principles apply whether it’s music, writing or technology.
What I really noticed though is how redundant things got. You kind of made your point and then rehash it again. It’s probably to make sure that the recipient gets it but some of the things I read made me feel like: “Dude, I got it. Chill.”.
How does it make me feel? A-frickin’-mazing! It’s like trimming the fat. It served a purpose for a while but now the meat’s going on the grill and you want to reduce the risk of flare-ups! Gah, now i’m hungry too.
So, back to my original point here. What I was trying to say was that we can be a LOT more economic with our language and still get the message through. In most cases it gets even better!
So, I spaced out for another 2 minutes there. Just realized that my research hasn’t included a theologian. God damn it!
See? These are the things you learn as you go forward. “Ok, so that’s something i’m going to have to remember to do next time”. Who knows? Maybe there’s an entire book just there? What does religion have to say about creativity?
Well, enough knuckle-dragging and back to rewriting, editing and nitpicking!
Here on some quotes on keeping it simple, editing, first drafts and whatnots!
“The first draft of anything is shit.” – Ernest Hemingway
“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” – Leonardo da Vinci
“It seems that perfection is reached not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.” – Antoine de Saint Exupéry
“So the writer who breeds more words than he needs, is making a chore for the reader who reads.” – Dr. Seuss
“I believe more in the scissors than I do in the pencil.” – Truman Capote
“The film is made in the editing room. The shooting of the film is about shopping, almost. It’s like going to get all the ingredients together, and you’ve got to make sure before you leave the store that you got all the ingredients. And then you take those ingredients and you can make a good cake – or not.” – Philip Seymour Hoffman
“Less is more.” – Ludwig Mies van der Rohe