Writing Can Be Murder

May 30, 2008

“Done”?

Filed under: Uncategorized — love2wryte @ 3:07 am

The USPS is ferrying the revision to the publisher who requested it.

I can breathe a sigh of relief. At least for a day or two, maybe longer considering it just took 5 business days for my last Netflix rental to wing its way to me. (Sweeney Todd — seen it? like it? hate it?)  Another Johnny Depp film actually brings me to the point of my post:

“DONE” is a fluid concept. Years ago I sat in on an early screening of Sleepy Hollow. To this day, I really couldn’t tell you whether the movie was any good because I was too busy watching Tim Burton (yes, Tim Burton the director) who was sitting across the aisle, two rows down, watching the audience, watch his film. (There were also a lot of men in suits watching Tim and watching the people).

Mr. Burton perched awkwardly in his movie theater seat, never removing his sunglasses. From his body language I could tell when he was pleased with the reaction of the audience, and when he was unhappy.

No doubt, after the screening, he went back and tweaked the “finished” product.

I don’t think that as the creator of a work,  we ever think a product is “done”. It’s always up to someone else to push it out of the nest. That’s the only way anyone will ever know if it has wings.

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2 Comments »

  1. Great insight, Jen. You are right that done is a fluid concept. Probably because art itself is a fluid process. Interesting also to see that an artist, no matter how talented and successful, still squirms as someone else experiences it for the first time.

    Comment by Cyndi — May 31, 2008 @ 3:57 am | Reply

  2. It was certainly interesting watching him squirm.

    Comment by love2wryte — June 2, 2008 @ 12:07 am | Reply


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