Stephen King is a prolific, talented and well-known writer. From time-to-time, he gives advice to other writers. After reviewing some of his advice I have compiled a list of things that mobile creators can use to improve their content, even if it’s purely visual.
Feel free to pick and choose from this advice if it resonates with you and apply it to your next project.
1. Don’t be timid. Don’t be timid because timid is safe. It is also mediocre. Take chances. Be bold. Go for it.
2. Just tell the story from the purest point of view. Don’t modify it. Keep it simple.
3. Visual creatives can compose a scene and simplify that scene by zeroing in on EXACTLY what they want the viewer to see and offering nothing more. When in doubt, leave it out.
4. The best mobile creators are using their tools to tell stories. Remember the objective is to welcome the audience via an emotional connection, which is far more important than a technically perfect photo or video. Great content can exist without perfection but not without emotion and truth.
5. The magic is in you. I’m convinced that fear is what stops most creatives from succeeding. Remember that the best mobile creators understand that YOU is more important than NEW.
6. Don’t procrastinate. It’s always safe to sit on the couch and say SOMEDAY I am going to go out and tell that story. It’s much easier than actually going and doing it. There’s no time like NOW. Tomorrow isn’t promised to any of us. Live and create like you believe that.
7. Don’t forget the value of friends and peers. They are on the path with you, struggling to make their own mark. Spend time encouraging them, supporting them, rooting for them. I have never seen a writer, sound recordist, producer, photographer or filmmaker improve their own lot in life by cutting down other creatives.
8. Eliminate distraction when you’re shooting. Don’t check your text messages or chat with the other photographers lined up making an image at that iconic location. Get your game face on, pay attention to what you are doing. Focus your mind AND your story.
9. Dig deep. Important stories are like relics, part of an undiscovered pre-existing world. The mobile creator’s job is to use the tools in his or her toolbox to get as much of each relic out of the ground intact as possible.
10. Spend time researching your subjects but don’t overdo it. Once you have the basics go out and shoot.
Image Credits: Stephen King.