I have forced myself to start working on Lichtenbergianism for Kids [working title], and it's about as awful as an ABORTIVE ATTEMPT can be.
Part of the problem is that I seem to be rewriting Lichtenbergianism: procrastination as a creative strategy instead of refocusing, and that is because I haven't focused enough on our very own Precept of AUDIENCE: who is this book for?
As Georg Christoph Lichtenberg says, "It is almost impossible to write anything good without imagining someone, or a certain group of people, whom one is addressing. In 999 cases out of a thousand it at any rate greatly facilitates the execution." I am forced to confess that the man was right.
So who is this book for? I'm not sure. What I've written so far appears to be for an adult AUDIENCE with a shorter attention span. What it needs to be, I think, is for the creative 12–16-year-old crowd.
I guess. Maybe? I should ask my agent. Oh wait.
Here's one part that I like and will keep:
STEP 1: HOW TO TELL IF YOU'RE CREATIVE. TAKE THIS EASY QUIZ AND FIND OUT!
- WHEN YOU WERE A LITTLE KID (OR EVEN NOW), DID YOU EVER SING SONGS? DID YOU MAKE UP SONGS?
- DID YOU DANCE AROUND YOUR ROOM OR YOUR BACK YARD?
- DID YOU MAKE UP STORIES FOR YOUR TOYS TO ACT OUT?
- DID YOU AND YOUR FRIENDS PRETEND TO BE ACTION HEROES?
- DID YOU EVER DRAW A PICTURE LIKE THIS?
IF YOU ANSWERED 'YES' TO ANY OF THESE QUESTIONS, CONGRATULATIONS — YOU'RE CREATIVE!
IF YOU DIDN'T ANSWER YES TO ANY OF THESE QUESTIONS, YOU SHOULD PROBABLY PUT THIS BOOK DOWN, BECAUSE YOU MAY BE A DOG OR A HOUSEPLANT AND YOU CANNOT READ.
More work is required. Failure is always an option. Cras melior est.