February 5, 2014

Constraints

I'm all about original content. That's why I refuse to read the 25 pitches I get a day (really - more pitches that comments) and why I won't post any photos or art by anyone but myself even if that means trying (and failing) to sketch a photo-realistic picture of The Beatles with a Sharpie. But I ran across an article the other day with a title that intrigued me. I feel the .need to repeat some of it

The Weird Strategy Dr. Seuss Used to Create His Greatest Work (And Why You Should Use It, Too)

It was about the bet Dr. Seuss (Author of Awesomeness) and Bennett Cerf (head of Random House) made. It played out this way: Cerf challenged Seuss to write a book containing only fifty words. Seuss wrote Green Eggs and Ham. Seuss stomped Cerf like the Seahawks stomped the Broncos.

If you read Green Eggs and Ham it contains only fifty words. And they're wonderful words even in their magnificent repetition. The basic point of the article is that, as Dr. Seuss demonstrated, creative people flourish not only when they have the creative freedom to do whatever the hell they want but when that creative freedom is severely constrained. And, sure, it's self-helpy, but it's interesting to note the advantages those constraints can provide.

To demonstrate, I'm going to finish this post using only words that begin with the letter "B".

But, bongos banging barely buffoonish billowing baklava...buuuh...fuck, that's hard.

Posted by Chris at February 5, 2014 7:01 AM | TrackBack
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