September 21, 2004

there is no silver bullet

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More thoughts on "How To Be Creative":

26. Write from the heart.

There is no silver bullet. There is only the love God gave you.

As a professional writer, I am interested in how conversation scales.

How communication scales, x to the power of n etc etc.

Ideally, if you’re in the communication business, you want to say the same thing, the same way to an audience of millions that you would to an audience of one. Imagine the power you’d have if you could pull it off.

But sadly, it doesn’t work that way.

You can’t love a crowd the same way you can love a person.

And a crowd can’t love you the way a single person can love you.

Intimacy doesn’t scale. Not really. Intimacy is a one-on-one phenomenon.

It's not a big deal. Whether you’re writing to an audience of one, five, a thousand, a million, ten million, there’s really only one way to really connect. One way that actually works:

Write from the heart.

There is no silver bullet. There is only the love God gave you.

Posted by hugh macleod at September 21, 2004 11:14 AM | TrackBack
Comments

Well, Hugh, we're certainly on the same wavelength, that's for sure.

My little company calls the "writing/speaking from the heart" you write about, TrueTalk. That's why we gave our firm that name eight years ago.

By the way, have you read "The Wisdom of Crowds"? Pretty interesting.

Posted by: Tom at September 21, 2004 1:51 PM

as a burgeoning writer this is the best advice i have gotten so far...

Posted by: J.P. at September 21, 2004 4:00 PM

"The love is of God, from God and towards God."

From "Seven Pillars of Wisdom" by TE Lawrence.

Posted by: Almustafa El-Said at September 21, 2004 5:04 PM

QUITE GOOD AND ENTAILING

Posted by: victor katoma at September 22, 2004 3:22 PM

as a professional human being i am interested in how people get their thoughts into the minds of others - clearly. the idea projected is quite different from the thought received and can be a frustrating experience - methinks we all understand and empathize with that.

can you imagine how many wars prevented, arguments quelched and friendships created if only people learned to communicate better?

real salvation = understanding. simple thought. complex at best.

keep up the good work. communication is key.

Posted by: hamad alhomaizi at September 22, 2004 11:00 PM

"Ideally, if you’re in the communication business, you want to say the same thing, the same way to an audience of millions that you would to an audience of one. Imagine the power you’d have if you could pull it off."

The only way I can imagine is to say what you have to say - in prose, music, on film or canvas - with as much passion as you can muster. Love what you are doing and put that love into your creative endeavours and only then can you hope to scale your message to the masses. But don't make that your goal - if you do, you'll always miss the mark. If your goal is to fulfill your passion, the rest will come.

Posted by: Steve Myers at September 27, 2004 9:43 PM