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03 December 2007 @ 06:19 pm
Write what you like strikes again.  
I want to preface what I'm about to say with the following disclaimer: NaNoWriMo coming to another blessed end has nothing (directly) to do with my statements herein. Thank you.

I have heard some very successful writers say that they write books that they themselves would like to read. I have heard the same from web cartoonists regarding the comics they make. Now, I have also heard that from a number of unsuccessful hacks in both fields. This brings me to my request:

If you're making things only for yourself, please keep them to the intended audience.

Thank you.

(Scott Kurtz, I'm looking at you. Giant pandas and Stewie Kitten Scratch Fury in a Yule tree? Yeah, pass.)
 
 
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Tom Smithfilkertom on December 4th, 2007 01:09 am (UTC)
I heartily disagree.

My first, best audience is me. I write songs that entertain me. Then I try them out on very close friends, to see if I'm hitting the other target audience, i.e., people who are likeliest to get the jokes.

If you're not creating art to satisfy your own urges and desires first, you're not creating art. And it is not an artist's obligation to entertain. Even a hired entertainer can indulge himself first, last, and only. He may not get hired much... but that's his prerogative.

Edited at 2007-12-04 01:10 am (UTC)
Traveler Farlandertwfarlan on December 4th, 2007 01:25 am (UTC)
Are you the ONLY audience you consider when you write and perform, though? You say that your first and best audience is you, but you are writing with another audience in mind, "the other target audience." If you're considering others, even secondarily, you aren't writing for an audience of one.

Yes, an artist needs to appreciate his or her own work. If you're making product for someone and not considering your own needs, then is what you're making "art?" Or is it something else? It seems to me that artists who work in fields like graphic illustration and who have no chance to produce what they want or need in their work burn out or just give up on art.
Derek: Jekyll and Hydelordruthven on December 4th, 2007 01:40 am (UTC)
What the heck is with LJ turning the cut tag into a promise of seeing objectionable material and then you click on it and it is not?
Traveler Farlandertwfarlan on December 4th, 2007 01:45 am (UTC)
Ah. I suspect that's due to the addition of the Adult Content flags and so forth. I have labeled my entire journal as "Adult Concepts" because I didn't ever want to hear someone whining at me about how some little kid getting horrible thoughts based on something I said.

Put your birth date in your LJ profile and you won't see it anymore.
Dereklordruthven on December 4th, 2007 01:55 am (UTC)
"WE BELIEVE THAT TRAV HAS BEEN SEDUCED BY THE OCCULT."

Quotes that will never be forgotten, no matter how much we want to.
Traveler Farlandertwfarlan on December 4th, 2007 03:27 am (UTC)
(snicker) Ah, Boyd-Buchanan. Fear mongering for the next generation.