The idea for this question arose from a conversation I had with Chuck Litka, about typos.
I find typos very distracting when I’m reading as they seem to leap off the page at me. And I can’t ‘not see them’.
I hypothesized that the reason might be because I do digital graphics where I’m used to working at the pixel level. The more I thought about those typos though, the more I saw a pattern emerging. And it had nothing to do with typos.
See what you think:
Chuck Litka is a writer and painter.
I love words and digital graphics.
Diana Peach loves digital graphics too.
So does Audrey Driscoll.
Chris James is a writer and photographer.
Frank Prem is a poet and photographer.
Yorgos writes and draws.
Candy Korman is a writer, lover of art, and dances the tango.
Robbie Cheadle is a writer and creator of art with fondant.
And my crafty friend Anne is a botanical artist who paints and embroiders whilst also writing interesting posts on her blog…
And those are just the creatives I can think of off the top of my head. Apart from Anne and Candy, I believe we all create our own book covers, so there is an element of functionality about our art, but I suspect we’d want to be involved even if we weren’t DIY Indies.
So I’m throwing the question out there:
Is it possible that wordsmiths need to create some form of visual beauty in order to recreate it with words?
Or is there something even more fundamental going on?
Is it possible that wordsmiths are also into music? Or dance? Or food?
Food is such an elemental part of life. Do you have to be a good cook in order to write convincingly about food?
Lots of questions and not a single answer, so I’d really like you to share your thoughts in comments. And by ‘you’ I mean Indies, traditionally published writers, photographers, painters, graphic artists, musicians and cooks. If I’ve missed anyone please share that too.