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On Confucian Steps and Gladwellian Hours

A journey of a thousand miles, said Confucius, begins with one step. What he didn't add - or didn't think it necessary to add - were the innumerable little steps one has to take after that first one. In more modern times, Malcolm Gladwell said it took about 10,000 hours to get good at something. Mr. Gladwell didn't say count the hours and stop when you reach 10,000 and expect perfection to flower thereafter.

Yet there are some Confucian and Gladwellian readers that take it rather badly when one has to trudge on and on and on, hour after hour after hour, with no sign of journey end, and no visible growth of talent. It is rather like the story of the well-meaning tourist who came to the East on a spiritual quest and enrolled in a one-month course to attain enlightenment. The venture proved more profitable for the Easterners than for the Westerner.

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Written by Sonal Panse

Three New Articles on Maysun In C

How to Stay Motivated as an Artist

Staying motivated as an artist is essential if you want to have a long and interesting art career. There is no set mantra, what works for one person may not necessarily work for another, and, moreover, what you find motivating at one given time may not inspire you at another. There may also be various dampening issues and circumstances quite beyond our control. That said, let us look at some of the basic ways that can help us stay refreshed…. Read more


How to Hire an Illustrator

Illustrators are creative consultants who specialize in visual problem-solving. Publications and businesses hire illustrators to create specific images to attract attention, to impart information, to balance written content, and to entertain. Think of the number of times you've noticed, better understood, liked, or purchased an item because you found it visually appealing. Do you see? Illustration is really an excellent way of getting your point across, and you may want to consider it for your business…. Read more


Tips for Effective Online Content Writing

'Content is King' has become a big online cliché, but it is true, very true. The main reason people will visit and continue to visit your website is because you have content that interests them or is useful to them in some manner. Unless the visitors have your exact web address, their usual way of finding you is through the auspices of a web search engine, and it is the quality of the content and keywords - search engine optimization (SEO) - you use on your site that will give you a high or low level of visibility in the search listings. Since a higher ranking is desirable, excellent content is necessary, and, as the online world has its own etiquette, the writing also has to be presented in a certain way to be effective…. Read more

Written by Sonal Panse

Writers’ Rights and the Disney Pitchkiaow Contest

Harlan Ellison venting his spleen

I came across this video way back and thought it was pretty amusing.

And it seems really apt today, because I just got an email about Disney India’s Pitchkiaow contest. They are looking for ‘original’ story scripts.

It’s supposed to be an ‘amazing’ opportunity for us Indian writers – until you read the contest terms (PDF file), and particularly the ‘11. Ownership/Rights’ section.

This paragraph in particular is entrancing -

“Each entrant unconditionally assigns and transfers all ideas, concepts, copyrighted materials and trademarks contained in his/her/its Participation and any and all rights including without limitation “moral rights” in his/her/its Participation. Disney shall be entitled to make use of the Participation or any part thereof in such manner as it shall in its sole discretion think fit, including without limitation the right to make changes, alterations, substitutions and additions thereto, deletions therefrom and adaptations and rearrangements thereof and translations into any and all languages for any use, or not used at all. Disney shall also be entitled to use and exploit the Participation in whatever manner, media and format without incurring any liability to any entrant (including without limitation the requirement to pay any compensation in respect of any use or exploitation of the Participation) or making any acknowledgement of the Participation.”

So, unless I’ve got it wrong, you give up ‘all rights’, including ‘moral rights’, for perpetuity by just participating in this fabulous contest.

They can take your story and use it, without compensating you in any way.

And even if you win, think about it, Rs. 50,000 (about $1162) is peanuts for conferring Disney with all the rights.

No respect for creative people, that’s what this amounts to.

And the sad part is they could have so easily turned this into a win-win opportunity for everyone involved.

Morals from this Story:

  • Don’t be swayed by a ‘Big Name’, unless that Big Name is willing to warm your bank account.
  • Don’t give up all rights, unless you are very adequately compensated.
  • Don’t enter such contests, unless you happen to have scant respect for both your creativity and your time.
Written by Sonal Panse
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