January 16

The Coverage

There are so many people in this life that will be there to support you in no matter what you end up doing. It could be that they’re there for you after a bad relationship ends. Could be that they’ll be there to hug you and eat fattening, gluten-packed ice cream with you when you lose your job. Could be that you go to someone in your family, because family defined in the way that I’m talking about are those that are there for you no matter what. But in the creative field, you want a different kind of support.

I finish every project that I start. It may not be in the form that I had envisioned, but shit gets done when my hands are on it: finish line, man. Of course, whenever anyone ever finishes anything creative, they want to get others to read it, which is known as coverage. Coverage can be any type of peer editing, note-gathering, or other criticisms that the author of said project is looking to get in order to make the best possible version of that project that it can be. And who exactly gives that coverage for the project can ultimately change what the final version of the project is.

Frustration sets in when you create something and you give it to a friend to consume and opine on it. A lot of the time, that friend will let you down because they don’t ever get around to reading it. And they may not do that because they just plain forgot and their life got in the way first, or the other extreme would be that they’re just an unreliable person. For them to lift a finger to help you out a little would be the antithesis of their life’s intent and purpose (which is to only placate themselves entirely and not help out anyone else besides their own id).

One of the more difficult things to understand is why they don’t help you out. Then again, it may be crystal-clear why they don’t. But yes, great interest may be expressed in your project once you announce it to them. They may even be so gung-ho on the idea of reading it that it becomes frightfully annoying. You might have not been completely ready to share, but they beckoned, and you agreed to bring it in front of their eyes.

So then you give it to them, and therein enters the silence. Weeks may go by, even. And you are nice about it: you casually bring it up in conversation, trying to maneuver their conceited mind to taking the little time it would actually take to complete and give you the coverage you are trying to achieve. But when it comes to you being the dentist and they the reluctant patient, teeth-pulling isn’t ever anything that you should have to do. So then you chalk it up to a loss. You have to. It’s too important that you get your project in front of the eyes of the willing whom will actually help you and give you the coverage that your heart and soul desires.

This is a sad statement to make, all of it. Your friends are exactly that: your friends. The great ones in your life will help you in projects such as these, as you’ve helped them in the trials and tribulations of their own lives. Reciprocation is a wonderful (and crucial) aspect to quality friendships. With the failures that being creative will have you go through, you are to learn and adjust so that you don’t incur the same result.

While others may have demonstrated a form or two of insanity in ultimately letting you down, it is the creative person’s charge to not become insane themselves in the process. We’re already nutty enough, making something out of nothing on blank pages over and over again for crying out loud. I really prefer to let the characters and plots be crazy, not the people who give coverage to the projects that have been completed.





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Posted January 16, 2014 by Andrew Flynn in category "Blog

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