IWSG – Art vs Science of Writing

Many have this mentality that art and science are like water and oil, that the two can co-exist, but will always be opposites of each other. To this end, the science often requires more work versus art itself, which is often abandoned in the process of creating, which I feel affects the overall work.

I’ve had this discussion about both writing and cooking. Many approach creative pursuits with the idea of just making something look beautiful without a foundation in the underlining principles of what makes something beautiful. Understanding the foundations takes time and energy, time better spent creating.

I see this often when I do beta reading or content editing. I inform the writers that their works needs a lot more background, whether it is Worldbuilding, characterization, descriptions, or even just general flow. The response I often get is that it doesn’t matter… so long as people understand enough for the story to make sense, what does it matter if the main character is a cliched stock character?

My philosophy is to go above and beyond with my writing, that when I tell a good story, that the plot, the worldbuilding, and the characters themselves are as complex as reality itself, and that readers will have a sense of immersion that they are late coming back from lunch because my story is so good. Sure, I could shortcut it and just focus on the art, to tell a general story using set expectation of what things are, or I can take apart what a story is and put all together again.

The thing with understanding the science, is that you can often find new ways of doing things, telling stories in new lights and explore unknown territory to stand out more. Yes, it is more work to do so, but in my opinion, the science enhances the beauty of the art in exciting ways.

When I wrote Daygar Legacy, I realized I knew nothing of the Templar Knights, France, Bubonic Plague, or even the Late Middle Ages. I could have faked my understanding and just tell the story, and perhaps no one would notice… I instead spent ten months doing research on all of that, and continued to do research after I started to write again. The result I feel is that I had a more concrete story, not just because I did research, but I truly understood the setting, the Worldbuilding, and even how to build my characters. The understanding of the science actually affected how I wrote my story.

I don’t expect people to take my approach to writing, as I tend to really shake up the paradigm and redefine what things are to make the science of writing more refined. It’s what makes me a good writer. However, the things I uncover I love to share, and while I wish I could give it away for free, I really need a job. Thus I become a profession teacher.

Speaking of my Udemy Teaching career, I just recently did a video for a new series on my YouTube Channel, in where I interview professionals to really learn what their job is, how they do it, and how Hollywood gets it wrong. The first video is about X-Ray Technologist, and my Mother allowed me to interview her for it. I firmly believe that if anyone desires to have an X-Ray Tech character, this video will give you the correct information to do the profession service, and to help make it realistic. Basically, I want to give you a building block to enhance the art of your story.

Please give it a thumbs up, and if any of you are a professional and would like to be interviewed to help writers and other media creative types get your job correct, let me know.

As far as what I do on Udemy, this video I produced showed me that my computer can handle video rendering and starting July 9th, I will be shooting my first lesson.

Did you know that adding a pinch of salt to a fruit smoothie will actually make it taste sweeter? Amazing when knowing the science makes the art more profound. Imagine how you can enhance the beauty of your story with a little science.

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