JackWalton

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    On the Revision Practices of Artists

    Artists in various disciplines sometimes comment on the process of working from an initial idea toward published versions of their works. For those learning in the arts, one powerful message within such commentary is the general commonality and value of leaning into a practice of improvement over time through successive revisions of a work. This could be contrasted against the notion some students have that great works emerge relatively whole and complete most of the time.

    The author of this article could review the revision practices of various established artists, comparing their similarities and differences. The article could restrict itself to a single discipline (e.g. a certain type of writing), or could take a multi-disciplinary view.

    • This topic is an excellent article for arts university students and creative entrepreneurs. Perhaps the revision practices of artists might go in the direction of the opinions of artists and give examples of the real-life processes of different artists. The author might develop more ideas around the practices of various artists. – Richard 2 months ago
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    • Great topic. I think this article would be well paired with an analysis of how technological innovations, such as those in recording, have ingrained this idea of 'easy perfection' - for example, in the realm of classical music, we are now far less accustomed to hearing the natural mistakes and slips that occur in live performances, simply because most of our interaction with composed music is through perfect, edited, perfected takes. – gracejjohnson 3 weeks ago
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    • Great topic! I think extending it as a multidisciplinary article would be very enjoyable and informative to read. It could not only explore different disciplines but also different mediums (unless that is what you meant and I misunderstood) – Anna Samson 3 weeks ago
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    A thought in relation to the first part of the article: the artefact of ‘story’ or ‘tale’ can also be thought of an independent construct that hangs more or less effectively on these pillars depending on the telling. The implication, to my mind, is that the overall product relies on some kind of collaboration between the underlying DNA of a story, and the degree to which these pillars are satisfied through a specific telling.

    The Pillars of Outstanding Stories

    This seems like an interesting (and hardcore) blend of process- and project-oriented approaches. It would be interesting to know what the longer-term effects are for writers who stick with it.

    NaNoWriMo and the Art of Eating the Elephant

    One interesting counterpoint to this framework could also be to think about the methodology of writing place—once one is enmeshed in the nitty-gritty of pen-to-paper or hands-to-keyboard perception seems to shift a bit. I find it helpful to consider how place can be induced from the pen as well as being approached in a more deductive way based on prior decision-making.

    Writing About Place