Applying the rules of art to writing: it’s a process

“Art is the product of process: Whether conceptual, experimental, emotional, or formal, the process you develop yields the image you produce. The materials you choose, the methods of production, and the sources of the images should all reflect the interests that command your attention. The process does not stop with each work completed. It is ongoing. The cumulative result of that process is a body of work.”
Excerpt from ‘101 Things to Learn in Art School’ by Kit White

Kit White


Whatever the style of writing, whatever the genre, it has to be an ongoing process. The parallels with art are true. Writing a novel is a process of evolution, characters develop, plots take an unexpected turn, the first page changes numerous times. If you write what you set out to write, you’ve missed a trick [to paraphrase a famous author who said this much more eloquently than I ever could].
Kit White

‘101 Things to Learn in Art School’ by Kit White [MIT Press]

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  1. This is exactly why I love writing so much… If you just ‘go with it’, you go on an adventure to wherever your imagination takes you. There are no rules (in my writing world at least).