… for the heart of it…

Any creative process is difficult, time-consuming and arduous, when we lose touch with the “simple heart” of what we are trying to say or do.

Two questions are very important in searching for the heart of a story or a character…

  1. What is it about?
  2. What does that character (person) really want?

So often our answers to these questions, are bogus, superficial or false; they reflect the creative persons fear of going deep and actually revealing a truth about themselves. I wonder what happens when I step away from the creative process and ask my friends and/or myself these questions…

Often the answers are about a daily routine, or a career path, or a family goal; these answer are either a reflection (or a deflection) protecting something deeper, something more like a groan than a single word.

3 Responses to “… for the heart of it…”

  1. The Animated Woman April 12, 2011 at 9:27 am #

    This resonates with me. I even made a film about the heart of “me” in an attempt to peel away the layers and get to what’s inside. If you’re interested, here’s the link …http://www.theanimatedwoman.com/2011/02/heart-of-me.html

  2. Paul Lewis April 12, 2011 at 12:39 pm #

    I can’t agree with you more,but as an artist I fell I have no choice but to be honest and in many cases brutally honest, w/ relationships ,w/life & especially in my art. I would not be a true artist in every sense of the word if I wasn’t.

    • geofftalbot April 12, 2011 at 12:40 pm #

      thanks… so good… Artist = truth

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