I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free. Michelangelo
There are similarities in art no matter the medium. It’s all about creating.
It’s about having the vision of the finished piece before starting. Or maybe just enough vision and inspiration to make the first cut of a sculpture. To write the first paragraph of a book. To make the first brush stroke of a painting.
When a woodcarver or stone sculptor sits down to carve he doesn’t use the small knives first. Right?
The project will likely start by cutting the proper size wood block using a chainsaw or chop saw.
Then a large knife for the larger cuts. Then medium. And then fine.
The first draft is all about getting the idea down. The core message. The story.
Only later, the process of whittling down and condensing and making it lean and agile.
Fat writing is lazy writing is writing that doesn’t communicate clearly. When it’s vague the reader may understand the deeper meaning or get glossy eyes.
May we resolve to write in a way that keeps the flow with enough words to communicate the meaning with only selected garnishes. Tastefully beautiful.
As I brave the waters of the on-going flow needed to maintain a blog, I see the importance of developing a discipline. A rhythm of communication.
And the need for taking the time to remove all unneeded words until the angel appears, as Michelangelo did.
Then doing it over and over and over.
It seems the best thing that can happen on the rewrite after the first draft is to remove unneeded words.
What have you learned about writing that works every time to make the words come off the page and communicate most clearly? Please comment below.