A Matter of Terms - A Piece Of My Mind
You have to have a big vision and take very small steps to get there. You have to be humble as you execute but visionary and gigantic in terms of your aspiration. In the Internet industry, it's not about grand innovation, it's about a lot of little innovations: every day, every week, every month, making something a little bit better.--Jason Calacani
You never know where someone will ask you a question about writing. I was playing Puzzled Hearts on Facebook. YES, I do play games while listening and reviewing audio presentations for my AUDIOBOOK column.
This young man struck up a Facebook friendship with me. Today he messaged me with a question.
Him: I was reading a few columns of yours. I have a question if you have a moment.
Him: Well, are we artists or writers? I know we are creative, but are we artists?
BP – Thinking: This is like the question of the chicken or the egg being first? It is what you want to be known as. It is his question, so I wanted to hear his take.
BP: And what do you think you are?
Him: I assume I am an artist.
BP: Why is that?
Him: You are creative like any artist is. However you do not use canvas or clay. You use a PC
BP: So do you consider yourself a craftsman or just a wordsmith?
BP: Do you craft words or do you just write them down and try to formulate them into a complete piece?
Him: I am still confused, Sir.
BP: Well Artists start with a blank canvas, a solid stone, or a piece of clay. They may have diagrams or drawings of where they want to go. Do you have an idea where you will go with your work before you begin?
Him: Well sometimes!
BP: What about the other times?
Him: I wing it with no pre-planning of an idea. So I do not know where this idea may go.
BP: Stream of thought?
Him: Yes sir.
BP: Does that make you less of an artist?
Him: I think so. So, Mr. Pomerantz, what do you think?
BP: Well the question to me is you are a craftsman who crafts words to fit the situation, an ideal of an artist. Or are you a wordsmith who creatively uses words and works with the prose he or she has put in front of themselves?
BP – Thinking: I think I confused him. I was not trying to.
BP: Are you a PLOTTER or a PANTSTER?
BP: Do you plot out what you are going to say in great detail with outlines and diagrams before you write word one or do you just write by the seat of your pants when an idea sparks you?
Him: You know I have not thought about that. I will have to think about it and get back to you.
BP: Please do get back to me. By the way (yes I used the simple BTW when he and I chatted), my opinion is I believe we are all artists and writers. Remember that!
Reach for the Stars
Columnist: Bennet Pomerantz has covered the Audio medium for the last 20 years. He has syndicated newspaper columns, AUDIOWORLD and "Movies of Your Mind", in Affaire De Coeur Magazine. In which he showcase his vast and diverse knowledge of the spoken word medium.
He is also known as a media review critic (books, music, graphic novels, DVDs, CDs) in his weekly syndicated newspaper column "A Piece of the Page". He also is a ranked media reviewer for Amazon.com. http://www.facebook.com/bennet.pomerantz1 / E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org