Writing Can Be Murder

May 30, 2008


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.



  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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