Wednesday, June 22, 2011

87-key pianos on sale. Almost as good as the 88

In its way, it is a comfort; every time you have occasion to talk about a particular facet of the writing story process, you become convinced of the significant importance of that facet.  It becomes somehow clearer,sharper,more necessary.  

You are even able to recall times where you were remiss, perhaps to the point of forgetting that element altogether, whereupon you felt a twinge of remorse.

Imagine a piano with only eighty-seven keys.  Who would notice?  Does it take the full eighty-eight to express the logic and nuance behind the range of the piano?


Your interest is in the players who say fuck yes, that missing key matters.  You want to hear her music or his music.  Start taking away piano keys, soon you're making do,undercutting the ideal and the best articulation of the instrument.  That missing key might be struck only one or two times during a particular work, but that is enough,

In most cases, serial commas are luxury rather then necessity, but for that one or two times when the lack of serial comma causes a distraction or wrongful interpretation, all the others times you used it are validated.

It is tough enough getting even an approximation of what you want, particularly after all those years of letting first-draft material go into publication as weights on your conscience.

The devil is not only in the details, it is everywhere.

And yes, you have just this moment come to realize detail is the single most important aspect of story telling.

1 comment:

Storm Dweller said...

Details are very important, to me almost the spell that we weave over the reader to perform our slieght of hand, to distract them from something we are doing as we prepare for them an unexpected surprise..