What’s hidden on da Vinci’s computer?

ImageDid you see the Grammy’s last night? Was it just me or did John Mayer look like he had just returned from a tea party at the Mad Hatters?

Moving on, a lot of people ask me what the hardest part about writing is – coming up with ideas? No. Character development? No. Writing dialogue? No. Implementing the plot so it goes where you want it to? Again, no. The hardest part about writing – fiction that is, because clearly newspaper reporting is a completely different beast – is … drum roll (or not) … the hardest part is taking what you have put to paper, be it 100 words, 1,000 words or sometimes 30,000 words, and deleting them; which is exactly what I rose this morning at 3 am to do.

Because sometimes, even though the words might be good – sometimes, they just aren’t the right ones. And it’s recognizing this that makes the difference between simply stinging together vocabulary or writing language that affects your reader …

I have a file on my computer titled “other” – it’s where I keep all the fragments from past and present writings that I’m not ready to part with … early this morning I moved 27,418 words to this file. Alas, as a part of me sees it as a setback from the novel I thought I had completed, the other part of me knows it’s what had to happen to move the story from good to great. And maybe someday, in some future work, I’ll find a place for them.

It is said that da Vinci took close to 12-15 years to paint the Mona Lisa and even so, still did not consider her finished. Makes you wonder, if he’d had a computer what would have been stored in his “other” file? What do you keep in your “other” file?

4 Comments

  1. Leonardo will always attract seekers!

    When I was in Paris 2005, I could not visit the Louvre. But the Louvre came with sound recording equipment, which were kindly provided by the French. Found the “Mona Lisa” and began recording background sound created numerous visitors who came to see the masterpiece. The logic was simple. Allow myself to be noted that any masterpiece has the property of highly structured information field. Man – this is also, at its basis, the field structure. There is a contact of two field structures – human and masterpiece. This is probably the power of art. The sounds published the people who were in the masterpiece (talk, the shuffling of feet, etc.) were very valuable to me, they were correlated associated with him. Subjecting these records complicated transformation process, I managed to get some incredible sound. Many are led into shock – these sounds there is a clear identification with the portrait of “Mona Lisa.” Similar records I’ve made in the famous sculpture of Venus. As a result, based on these records, I had three works – “Knowledge”, “Flow” and “Communication”. http://studiomusicnew.blogspot.com

    MONA LISA_VENUS(Опыт работы с шедеврами) .avi
    Structure of presented video: sound background at Mona Lisa – result of transformational processing of a background, a sound background at Venus – result of transformational processing of a background, a work “Knowledge” fragment (the transformed sounds are used only).
    Full details can be found on my master class
    Academia of Music, Kishinev MOLDOVA
    (sorry, translated by google)

  2. I can relate to you on this. My sister in law and I have had to rip apart our manuscript and we’re about to do it again. :)

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