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Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Big Moo on holiday

Half way through the holiday.

I've been reading The Big Moo by Seth Godin which I picked up at the airport. Its primarily about new ideas for business. As a lot of you will know I'm interested in new film models - ideas such as the 365 and the Circumference funding model. However this book is great for all writers. It talks about the need to stop trying to do everything perfectly. Its overall aim (and I mean overall as it is in fact written by 33 writers) is to stop us putting in all our precious energy and effort into getting everything 100% perfect. Instead we should (just) be aiming to be "remarkable".

An odd approach for writers - they like to polish things and make them perfect. But what if instead we aimed to get into new territories with our writing. What if we tried instead to make bold statements with radical stories and fresh characters. Perhaps then it wouldn't matter if it was a little rough around the edges. Would it better to have 3 crazy new ideas than one polished safe one?

This is something that I've never heard said before. But its worth a thought.


Paul said...

This reminds me of Dr R. Meredith Belbin's team role piece ( - writers should really be plants then shapers.

I found Stephen King's "On Writing" interesting, with his "first draft=door closed" and "second draft=door open" policy.

If you write and edit at the same time, you're naturally inhibiting your own creative process, as the brain naturally sets off the edit daemon early, before the word hits the page.

And so forth. Tim your picture reminds me of de Niro in "Heat".

Saw Ford's "Grapes of Wrath" the other day, incredible.

absentem laedit cum ebrio qui litigat.

Tim Clague said...

Jeez. Thanks Paul. I come back off holiday and you hit me with all this!

I think that the idea of something like the scriptwriters life diagram is to make sure we don't just stay in one little box. I don't know the Belbin model very well. But it seems to me that most writers would put themselves in the 'celebral' roles category. However, as we work mainly alone and NOT as part of a team we must make sure we are finishers and use seek out other resources ourselves.

That's partly what the scriptwriters life diagram is about.

Anyway - this is an aside from the Big Moo. The challenge to writers is to take the plunge. Do it. Be bold. etc.

Paul, you look more like Peeping Tom.

Me transmitte sursum, caledoni

OnMeJack said...

Hi Tim,

I was reading this and wondered what your thoughts were.


Tim Clague said...

An interesting idea. But with a flaw I think. What happens if I used 3 ideas from 3 fellow writers each with the 50% 50% split. That means I've spent 200% of my profit?

OnMeJack said...

Hi, not following your maths there;

if you create a product which uses the work of three writers on a 50/50 split and say make a £1 profit.


you get 50p and the three writers get 50p to share.

b) you split the profit by the three writers 33p each. and then split that 50/50. that way you get 48p

but either case you make a profit and there is 2p left over to go crazy with.


you each get 25p

Tim Clague said...

Good answer. I think. But in conclusion I still think its a bit too simple. Its my understanding of the current CC license that if you want to use the product commercially then you can just write to the author and ask them. They can then discuss the nature of the project - how prominent the work will be - who else is involved. You can then choose 50/50 etc.

But then I also see how a simple 50/50 idea is better for say 1000 photos on Flickr where negotiation is not necessary.

But if I used a Flickr photo with a 50/50 CC license in a menu on a DVD how much do I pay? I'm selling my film on a DVD for £10. It costs £1 to make the actual DVD. The photographer clearly doesn't get £4.50? Do I reclaim all my shoot costs first before he gets anything?