Dedicated to Craft

Dedicated to Craft -- Write RightMy favorite musicians (Adam Young, a.k.a. Owl City, Aaron Ivey, Family Force 5, to name a few) care about their craft. They experiment; they challenge themselves with new forms and styles. Because of that, I pay attention whenever they produce a new album.

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First, You Copy

Copying letters.The urge, starting out, is to copy. And that’s not a bad thing. Most of us only find our own voices after we’ve sounded like a lot of other people. – Neil Gaiman, “Make Good Art”

I’m sometimes told my writing style has a distinct sound to it. I suppose it does, but it’s taken years of writing to arrive at it. My style did not emerge fully formed from my head. It took work.

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Of Perfectionists and Abandoning Projects

This paper airplane seems to be abandoned. Maybe it was made by a perfectionist.One of my favorite musicians is a perfectionist. I know this because, in my sporadic attempts to be a dedicated fan, I spent some time reading this musician’s comments about one of his albums. He described himself as a perfectionist musician, then stated his work was never finished, only abandoned.

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