Anonymous asked:

Whenever I start to work on a story idea and hash it out, I think "this is stupid, this doesn't make sense, why am I bother?" Is it best to scrap the idea and start over?

brianmichaelbendis answered:

I get a lot of questions like this.

stupid.  I’m worried this is stupid.

 what is stupid?  well, any story can sound stupid.

" a 15-year-old gets bit by, I don’t know, a spider and gets spider powers"

" so these four turtles are teenagers, and mutants, and, uh,  let say ninjas. yeah,  turtles."

" there’s this guy who finds out that, like, the whole world is really a mental hologram that we dream that the robots, like, put in our brains so they can use us as batteries."

 what is stupid? that’s the wrong question to ask yourself

 ask yourself, and be honest:  would I buy this story if I saw it on the shelf? does this story mean anything to me? when I close my eyes can I see this world? do I hear these voices?

 if the answer is yes then I think it’s your obligation to pursue the story. don’t worry if it’s ‘stupid.’

 some of the best stories ever told can sound stupid. also some of the stupidest :-)

'there is a fine line between genius and stupid'- said a great musician

 but if you have a real point of view and a real reason for telling them. if the characters are believable and relatable…



Zoe Mozert - who painted this illustration of Jane Russell - “The Outlaw” movie poster. The article did a great job on Zoe’s life and discussed that in the 1940’s, “It wasn’t long before Mozert made her mark on Tinseltown. Howard Hughes recruited Mozert to paint the publicity image for 1945’s “The Outlaw,” a scandalous billboard of buxom Jane Russell in a peasant blouse dropping dangerously off her shoulder.” I am including a link to the article for anyone interested in reading it. Worth the time as it included Zoe Mozert, Pearl Frush, and Joyce Ballantyne. http://www.collectorsweekly.com/articles/female-artists-who-shaped-the-american-dream-girl/