Sometimes, less is more 02/08/2012
"Writing is easy; all you do is sit staring at the blank sheet of paper until the drops of blood form on your forehead." -- Gene Fowler
There's some dispute about just who is responsible for that astute comment on writing. (There's an interesting discussion of attribution here.) But if you've ever written anything – from a 5th grade book report to a Ph.D. thesis – you know it's true. Writing is HARD. My mom used to advise me to just get some words down on the paper. She claimed (and she was right) that it's easier to work with a page full of words than the blank sheet.
If ever in the course of your writing career you've had drops of blood form on your forehead you're going to love this: Sometimes, less really is more. There are times when just a few words are all you need. Or (I'm really going out on a limb here) all you need is ... MUSIC.
I'm a writer, a producer of "little movies," an occasional web designer – any combination of words and pictures makes me shiver. Add music to the mix and I'm in hog heaven. Here's a little something I put together following a Veteran's Day flag raising. I took most of the pictures, others are from the Creative Commons archives. I purchased the music from Shockwave Sound, which has a broad and interesting library of music and sound effects, and I assembled the elements using iMovie.
Tell me I'm wrong but I think this little movie works – without a word of narration or what we would typically call writing. Is it possible that we writers can sometimes get the job done without sweating blood?