One of the interesting things about writing a book or music and then making the work available to everyone is the reader’s or listener’s feedback.
A particular professor hated when I used “interesting” to discuss art. He claimed it didn’t tell him much about my viewpoint, which is what he was looking for in our classroom.
I use the word interesting for two reasons:
- To start a conversation.
- To intentionally be ambiguous when describing my art.
I usually love it when people project their viewpoints onto my work, especially when they vigorously do so. Whether a person loves or hates my work, the more vigours their perspective, the more successful the art because it’s elicited emotion or a powerful memory within them.
I’ve received some thundering written and verbal complaints about how ambiguous the words (book) and lyrics (music) I’ve written can seem. But my intent in writing is to help you discover yourself within the structure of the book or music. Like life, I don’t presume to tell you what you should or should not think–it’s all up to you.
My mission is to create the story, atmosphere, characters, and structure to help you discover a part of yourself.
Your projected viewpoint also helps me to learn about myself. It’s part of the intended conversation that benefits both of us.
You may find that doing the same thing with your art is interesting.
Please watch Derek Siver’s video below at the 14:12 mark for another viewpoint on projecting yourself.