May 13th, 2014

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Writing Excuses 9.20: Creator Versus Creation

Writing Excuses 9.20: Creator Versus Creation

From http://www.writingexcuses.com/2014/05/11/writing-excuses-9-20-creator-vs-creation/

 Key Points: When you create something, and give it to the fans, it takes on a life of its own. "If it's not on the page, it's not on the stage." Once you put it out there, you don't have any control. Try to imagine the different ways it can be perceived, but don't overthink this. Let the fans speculate and have a discussion. Don't tell them they are wrong, it is their honest reaction, not yours. "... we create art to provoke emotions and to explore the human condition." But don't let the fans own you, too! Fans will "depart the text," they will tell themselves stories about your characters. "The reader reaction is not wrong." Do you separate the art from the artist, especially if the artist has politics you dislike or is personally loathsome? The art stands or falls on its own merits. But... sometimes the taint of the individual makes it hard to see the art. You may not want to spend your money on this person's work. Being exposed to work from people who hold different views is good, but I don't want to encourage actions that I consider reprehensible. As a writer, you need to consider how vocal you are going to be, and how you are going to present your personal views.
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[Brandon] All right. Let's stop it there. I actually have a writing prompt for us.
[Howard] Oh, good.
[Brandon] Our writing prompt is one of your creations, listener, has gained a life of its own in some way. Now write a story about that. All right. This has been Writing Excuses. You're out of excuses, now go write.
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