Thoughts, Bundled Up

Another free-write.

It’s strange but the more of these I do, the more I realize I don’t have an unfiltered self. At least, not when it comes to my writing. Every word is polished, every typo is corrected and the sentences fixed up.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I haven’t a clue about being unpolished with creativity. And it’s been said that art is not edited, but of course it is because otherwise how can you do something in detail? How can it be technically correct without edit?

What is art anyway? This makes me think of Duchamp, who put together ready-mades and called them art. Is it art because you say it is? “This bicycle is art, because I’ve brought it into this empty space of this art gallery.” Only it’s technology of a sort, and it’s a piece of something already made. Is everything art?

Is art even real, because I consider baking cupcakes to be a science and yet the decorating thereof is an art – and actually so is the baking because it’s a fine line when you put in flavour, to add enough or too much or not enough. So is there just the blend of science and art? This is where I’m thinking of mixing colours, creating something new, figuring out the ideal shade to express something. I’m reminded of a passage I read in a book, the girl spent ages mixing paint colours to replicate something she once saw. Just one little shade of orange or something and she wanted to have an ideal colour – so she used a sort of science, in a way. Trial and error, hypothesis, who knows.

I’m not even sure if I’m recycling old thoughts, or if I’m articulating myself. Co-Author tells me to not be so edit-happy but Iย like editing, just as I like organizing my wardrobe into colour-coded sections or fixing up my books into proper order.

Also eight days until NaNoWriMo, I haven’t started thinking about my own novel either. Is it acceptable to recycle a previous year’s attempt? I have 20,000 words of last year’s novel but stopped, and so I’m thinking of reconsidering the theme. Changing things, not the theme. That wasn’t the right word.

October 24 and I’ve already been hearing fireworks. Literal fireworks and each time it makes an angry bubble of righteousness well up even though I have no business getting self-righteous.

No, I won’t go down that path of irritation right now. I have too much else to do.

19 thoughts on “Thoughts, Bundled Up”

  1. In my side, it is art as long as the pure passion runs around it. I agree with editing; it won’t be detailed. Best of luck to your novel! I hope you’ll get to finish it, Ms. Sarah. I want to have it! ๐Ÿ™‚ God Bless you. I believe that you can do it! Cheers!



    1. That’s similar to something I’ve heard – art is art, when passion is there.

      And thank you for the encouragement – you can be sure that once there is a novel ready for publishing, I’ll be blogging about it. I certainly don’t want to leave my ideas to gather dust on a shelf for the next decades.

      All best to your endeavours ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. Art is art if it moves you or speaks to you in some way. It is subjective.

    Best of luck with your NaNo novel! There are some who will insist you must start fresh. Others that say as long as you are writing, it doesn’t matter. I’m not sure what I’m writing this year so panic is approaching.


  4. I’ve found when doing these, I let my thoughts be uncensored and unfiltered. It’s still pretty articulate, but normally, I slave over what I’m going to say.

    okay… maybe not too much, but I do far less editing when doing “ready, set, done” than with the other blogs. Whether it makes sense or not, I just let it be a lot more when I see those 3 little words.

    I often find that 10 minutes ends really quickly when doing it.


    1. You’re lucky – I can’t switch off and do that. I find myself revising everything mentally, even things I’m thinking. I suppose it’s habit after years of essays.

      And I’m the opposite – always watching the clock, I find that they go slowly. Strange, isn’t it.


  5. My downfall is editing…always editing. I’ve forgotten where the off switch is for the self-editor, so I’m not sure how Nano will go ~sigh~


      1. Sort of ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve just got to decide which story to write. A sequel to the one I’ve just finished, a crime/mystery, a science fiction story or a time travel story.


  6. I agree with wanting to edit. when I did this daily prompt, I immediately went back and spent time editing and shaping it further.
    good luck with your novel.
    Great post ๐Ÿ™‚


  7. Getting philosophical today. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Interesting questions – there is indeed a fine line between art and science, and I think it’s creators who blur the line the most who stumble upon the most beautiful results. Good luck with NaNo! Sure, go ahead and reuse your old idea – no one said it had to be totally original, and a second chance is never a bad thing. ๐Ÿ™‚


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