I'm convinced nothing great is done on purpose.
Nothing. Maybe God can do it, but I can't, and I don't think any other human can do it.
You simply can't come up with a "great" idea, employ "great" writing, develop a "great" marketing strategy, and issue forth to the world a "great" masterpiece that spans the generations.
Greatness is an accident, every single time. Don't get me wrong, there are intentional components that go into structuring great writing -- plot, scene structure, grammar, and so forth -- but the truly great pieces are written by accident.
The author writes by ear, feeling the story, forgetting about the rules, forgetting about sentence structure and paragraphs and action scenes and descriptions and dialogue.
Lemme give you an example, since I see some of you nodding and saying, Loon-ball.
Good example, right? But what the hell does romping bootie have to do with writing?
I'll tell you, since it's obvious now that you don't combine those two things like I do.
Great sex is never on purpose. I mean, I've had great sex when it was pre-planned, but there were always little unknowns, little twists and turns and unforeseeables that made it that much more fantastic. There were little tweaks that made good sex great.
And those twists were accidents.
Let's skip the gratuitous detail and let me challenge the naysayers by asking this: Do you plan every position, in advance, before you engage in sex?
Nope. It's spontaneous. You have some idea of what you want. You have some general skills, specific talents, a place and a partner and an arsenal of dirty thoughts.
But it's not pre-planned.
Neither is great writing. You can have a general idea, and a place, and a plot, but the writing, the act itself is ACCIDENTALLY banging out just the right words... who would have thunk?
Who could have guessed?
You read it later and realize your monkey paws did indeed pound long enough on that keyboard to peck out a masterpiece!
And when you try again later, bang all you want, you can't do it again. Because it was an accident.
Don't believe me? Go ahead and try.