Saturday, March 12, 2005

Embrace Chaos


My new novel has three chapters now; gallantly I'm marching on to the fourth. The transition from Chapter Three to Chapter Four has been a struggle. In movie parlance, it's called "trying to choose the best angle". On the movie set, a director is often presented with myriads of ways to shoot a scene -- should the actor enter the room this way? Should the female lead react that way? Should the camera be placed low on the ground, or high up and aiming down? A disaster for anyone who craves order. Creativity is never about order; it is always about chaos. An artist must learn to love chaos, embrace chaos, conspire with chaos.

I got to get back to work.

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