ARTS, “ARTS”, FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION

 

“Chaos and Order”
Sculpture by Barbara Licha

 

Again, thanks to lovely Alex – I post this entry. Some of what I write here comes from my recent communications with Uvi Poznansky, Gary Jones, David Fleming, and Diana Wilder.  Alex feels deeply about how powerful marketers back questionable arts, and their reluctance in supporting true arts.

 

Sometimes I get angry. More often, I get disappointed. There are a lot of talentless people getting away with millions. From reality tv stars to artists who splatter paint like children, the talentless will always overshadow the talented in number. But I don’t think anyone should blame those talentless individuals for their success or their lack of talent. They are making the most out of their lives and no one should dispute whether they should have or not. I get more disappointed with the people behind the scenes who catapult the talentless into the spotlight. The blind masses, the praising critics, whatever authority in whatever field the talentless milk for cash. Without that public backing, the talentless would have no way of spearheading success. Such public backing is what a lot of us more talented writers, artists, etc. are missing.

10:17
Alex. I believe in freedom. Including the freedom of expression. I feel sad watching and/or listening to “arts” that millions of consumers love – but they’re entitled to. I feel sad about the material they feed to young teens, but it’s their right.
The producers and promoters are quick to produce and market mass commercial “arts” – fueling the trend. Whatever brings quick money. In the publishing world these are “authors”, agents, publishers, reviewers, distribution chains, bookstores – who love mainstream “arts” or controversial hits.
I respect their rights – and I don’t give a damn that they have criticised my work for being very non-mainstream. We live and breathe in a world where I’m granted the freedom to express my art.
Thanks to the modern technology, physically it will be easy to bring my work out to the world on my own. Soon I’ll be putting SYDNEY’S SONG out there for my fans from when I was 17, who have tracked me down, asking me to write again – and for the general readers who occasionally want something different in their bookshelves.
Not everybody will love my work, but no reader will ever forget it. Many will treasure this  novel in their bookshelves, just like those who still treasure my book of 32 years ago in their Goodreads’ shelves.
And 200 years from now, SYDNEY’S SONG will still be read.

BEST WRITING TIP I’VE EVER RECEIVED

Thanks to the modern technology, physically it is easy to bring our work out to the world. Nearly 10,000 new novels are being self-published every week. But as Alex has pointed out, the vast number of questionable individuals out there overshadow the talented. This makes gaining consumers’ trust in the indie market harder, and we don’t have the backing of established book-distribution chains.

David listed 10 links to help improve your writing styles and quality. I asked, “How can you write when you have to think of rules? Methinks either you have it, or you don’t. My teen daughter noted that I used such and such styles – when I didn’t even know they were styles.”

Right after this, I stumbled upon a massive  indie book of hundreds and hundreds of pages.  I cringed.  Immediately I thought of David’s list, which is sure to improve that fat novel.

And I remembered what I recently wrote on Diana’s blog comment,

“When you’ve finished the first draft, expand the manuscript until you reach double of the original word-count. This step will exert your imagination and writing skills to the utmost. That done, bring it back to the original word-count. This step will save your readers from tears of boredom.”

I heard this writing tip a few years before I wrote my first fiction, from an English teen who won a writing competition. Hard work? Sure is. But how could you expect readers to love you, if you didn’t care for them?

 

“This-is-one-of-those-things-that-hopefully-will-just-go-away-over-time”,
Sculpture by Bjorn Godwin & Jette Gejl. Photo by VivianeDalles

 

Hattie Gunter10:57 AM

The most I hope for is that the masses will stumble upon something that is actually worth reading. It happens sometimes.

Ia, I believe in freedom too, and the internet has opened a doorway that expands upon our freedom. Everyone has the right to like what they like. The same goes for those who choose to dislike something. But sometimes I wonder, if real artists were given the opportunity to reach the masses, a little more than occasionally, then what would the mainstream look like?

Alexandra Davidoff12:01 PM

Hattie, I share your sentiment. I know real art will never die, and it will always find its audience eventually (especially if pushed hard enough). Just because smut clouds our mainstream, that doesn’t mean all good taste has been lost! 🙂

Ia Uaro1:39 PM

Alex, it is a sad world out there, involving many layers of social issues. Greed rules. At the moment, those who feel their livelihood  threatened sling mud at the others. It doesn’t have to be this way, we can respect each other’s choice.