October 26, 2011

Artful Disguise

Posted in Ideas tagged , , at 5:14 pm by Rebecca Hein

Cellists face a set of unavoidable problems in playing, such as how to disguise the moment when we must change bow direction, thus breaking the sound. In a similar way, a writer can’t create a perfectly smooth narrative because specific points of information must be conveyed to the reader.

In music, if you achieve sufficient momentum, this in turn creates resonance which vibrates throughout bow changes and cover them up. The writer’s equivalent is to launch a story with enough energy in it, early on, that the necessary information emerges naturally. Then the reader is less likely to notice the device used.



  1. Andrew Zahn said,

    That is an excellent and refreshing parallel.

    It also made me want to pick up the cello again–it’s been about 10 years!

    • Rebecca Hein said,

      Go for it! There’s lots of beautiful music in the world, and cello playing is also great for your creativity.

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