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Bondi Beach
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We've had endless discussions about "Do I write for my readers" or "Do I write for myself," blah blah blah. There's an excellent piece in the NYT today about Making It Small in Hollywood. Or Anywhere.

This passage caught my eye:

"I once heard an interview where Ron Howard said that he tests the rough cuts of his movies with a ton of audiences. He doesn't do it to be told what the movie's vision should be,* but to understand whether his vision is coming across. If not, he makes changes. Your vision is not being conveyed a majority of the time."

I know many of us have touched on this---CW, among others---but this time it jumped out at me. As did some other useful bits: skip the gatekeepers; do something else if [insert art] turns out not to be your thing; do your [art] and stop reading about it (including this article, the author added).

*We know some screenings are intended for exactly the opposite.

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Replies:   Switch Blayde
Switch Blayde

@Bondi Beach

I once heard an interview where Ron Howard said that he tests the rough cuts of his movies with a ton of audiences


The Beta readers authors use.

Replies:   Crumbly Writer
Crumbly Writer

@Switch Blayde

The Beta readers authors use.

Except it's easier to hear silence, or watch horrified reactions, than it is to interpret silence from a distant beta-reader. I can see his point, and understand the need for beta-readers, but the two aren't really equivalent.

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