“Everybody has a story… and a scream.” – Rachel Roberts
While editing my book I realized that I had very limited knowledge of the tools at my disposal. After being at it for a couple of hours I decided: “Screw it, i’d better go check out some tutorials on the Tubes!”.
So, I did. Wasn’t long before the decision was made that today there would be no further editing. Also, not tomorrow! I’ll spend the next few days just trying stuff out in Scrivener and getting away from that mindset.
I’ve already gone from having 110.000 words to 97.000. Progress! Still, I don’t feel satisfied. Too many damn words! Stephen King, in his book “On Writing”, said that he got some great advice from an editor.
Not bad, but PUFFY. You need to revise for length. Formula: 2nd Draft = 1st Draft – 10%. Good luck.
While I agree with the sentiment, right now I think 20% is closer to my target! I realize how unnecessarily verbose I can be when it comes to writing. It’s kind of a luxury, though.
When I began working on it I thought that i’d have real trouble making it over 200 pages. After looking at other authors I admire I settled on a target of 220 pages. Right now? There’s 278.
I’m sure that there’s a lot of fat to cut out, maybe stuff that I can explore in my NEXT book?
While taking a break I had a chat with a producer that somehow lead us to discussing a sound effect called the “Wilhelm Scream”. It’s a stock sound that’s been used since the 50’s. Check the vid below for some examples!
After our little pow wow I felt that there was something more to this little bit of history. Besides that the guy yelling might have been the same guy who sang “Purple People Eater”.
What lessons could be learned from this? Well, one might be “why change a winning concept?”. Sure, but what else? It bugged me.
A little later I heard a guy talking about how technology has promised to revolutionize the way our education system works. That got me thinking about the “Wilhelm Scream”.
Here we’ve got something that’s survived for 6 decades. One performance that’s still being used. Case in point? It’s been featured numerous times in “My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic”.
Same goes for certain books, quotes, movies, songs etc. We have the ability to crystalize a message so well that it hits home even though its original, for lack of a more inclusive word, author has long since passed.
So, what about education? We’re still stuck in an old fashioned system. We need to keep what works but remove the weeds. The guy was right, every time we get new tools we hail them as the things that’ll revolutionize education.
They’re not. They’ll never be. They’re tools like any other and we need to explore all the ways we can use them. What’s stopping us is that we’re trying to apply directly to the forehead without fixing the underlying issues that prevent us from using them to their full potential.
The greatest problem we have is that children aren’t taught HOW to learn. Somewhere along the way we forgot how to teach that crucial skill. Now, there are a lot of teachers out there that manage to do this and their students are very lucky!
I saw a quote by Ayn Rand, whose views I don’t really care for, that said: “America’s abundance was not created by public sacrifices to the common good, but by the productive genius of free men who pursued their own personal interests and the making of their own private fortunes.”
Ugh, there’s some one-sided bullshit for you. However, it atleast got me thinking about the fact that sometimes when “the system” isn’t up for change it IS up to the individuals to create that change. This means YOU, teachers!
Look, I don’t have all the answers. However, I do feel like we could use a major overhaul. Let’s explore how the things that surround us can be used to teach others. Maybe all of us who want to help people can reach out to ONE other person and give them the tools to learn and in the process teach others.
These things take time, but the ripple effect can be greater than we think.