Idea Mediums: Fundamentally Flawed

The process from effectively conveying a story idea is lengthy. You can write it into a book, novel, or similar; you can make a movie; or take a different approach. However, in reality, there is no way that idea will ever be told to the world in the same beautiful way that it was in your head.

For a book, you can try all you can to describe what you are thinking, but words evoke slightly different images for everybody. And while you can try to describe exactly what you see, you will either loose the reader in that level of description or still won’t get the idea across.

Even in movies where you can show (literally, since movies are typically visual mediums) your audience things, an idea cannot be properly conveyed because there are many moving pieces. You may have your idea, but the actors may think of and subsequently portray your characters slightly differently. The same goes for everybody involved in the movie process—they will probably have different view of your story than you do. So short of doing everything in the movie yourself, you will not be able to even have a chance of portraying your idea the way you see it.

So the dilemma becomes how does one go about spreading the wonderful, beauteous ideas that one has.

The answer? One doesn’t. One can only try.

I have yet to see a medium that exists that can perfectly convey an idea. Therefore, you can only try your hardest to get closest to what you are trying to tell people. This is why we learn to write, to direct, to speak, to story-tell. Because we can’t convey our story ideas. We can only try really really hard.

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