Question: “What are you trying to say when you are up on stage?”
Answer: “Look at me.”
Despite heroic efforts on my part, I cannot find the source of this quote, but I’m 98% certain I remember Pete Townshend saying it during an interview some years or decades ago.
Whether that’s true or not, it certainly sounds like Pete.
It’s funny just how often people ask that question: what are you trying to say? It’s not so hard to understand perhaps when asked of performance artists or interpretive dancers, but people ask it of writers as well, and that is a little odd because most writers are already saying what they’re trying to say.
“If you could put what your’e trying to say into words…”
Of course, what they mean is other words. You’ve created this work of fiction. You must have a point, a purpose, an underlying message. That’s another version of the same question: what is your message? Continue reading “Attention, Please.”