Sunday, September 25, 2011
"Keepin it real"
Thank goodness for the long process of proof reading, editing and publishing, because had I not had time to let it marinate I may have published "Trail Of The Damned" as it was, thus treating hopeful and happy readers to a horrific tragedy at its end. Sometimes the words come so fast when we're in a groove, that our fingers can scarcely keep up. The emotion in such creative sessions is powerful, sometimes so much so that we feel bound, committed, and controlled by our craft, rather than the other way around. "Keepin it real", as many artists with a cause or message say in order to justify their offensive material, is not at all what we should be about.
We must never forget that we are the artists, the masters of our craft, and our art only gains its expression based on our ability and good pleasure to arrange and display it. It's not alive, has no independant thought or feelings, but lives only so far as we give it life. I don't suggest giving up those rare and passionate experiences in creating, only just calling them what they are, because for an artist they are surreal and beautiful. I do suggest, however, for the benefit of loyal readers, that they be laid aside, in lu of subject mater which most often they are counting on being anything but "Real".
How do we know? It is a fine line in descriptive writing that separates tragedy and detailed gore, happiness and sickening bliss, romantic passion and literary porn, darkness and degrading filth. For a writer, "Keeping it real" often leads to writing too much and going too far, neither of which gets our desired result which should be rewarding our readers for their investment of cash, time and emotion.
I go by this rule, ...say it out loud to yourself before making it public. With respect to writing, I ask after re-reading it, if what I've written seems like first and last it is intended for me, ...if yes, then I keep it to myself. In order to share my creative voice with others, my purpose must be unmistakably aimed at providing a worthwhile reading experience for them, leaving the creative process for me, ...as my reward.
For those of you who don't consider yourselves writers, or artists of any kind, keeping another's idea of "Real" isn't always right for you either. Be true to what you think is best and you'll usually do the right thing.
Have a terrific week