Is it okay for things to be incomplete?
Is there truly such a thing as "complete", anyway?
The thought that virtually no idea can ever be fully established is one that I've had to come to terms with as a writer. Over the years I've come to understand that if I truly want my work to be participative and even interdisciplinary then my writing needs to encourage dialogue rather than provide all the answers - which aren't necessarily the rights ones anyway.
Because of this, I embrace minimalism and the power of subtext. Although I may be facilitating a sort of educational conference with my contribution, I nevertheless refrain from revealing my full opinion so that I'm not trying to sway my readers into adopting my point of view and instead empowering them to inspire me and other people with their thoughts, leading to a more comprehensive learning experience.
My approach to writing renders it poetic and story like so as to engage and galvanize an audience to become a part of the story. More perspectives that participants may relate to or wish to experiment with are birthed; they can now pick and choose which parts they feel they could strongly make the case for all while molding their own pieces to the puzzle.
These molds could nonetheless be reshaped as ideas evolve or even amalgamate overtime as thinking itself changes. Nothing is for certain, and the question becomes whether we are ready and willing to adapt to that fact. We cannot, however, answer this question and expect anything we create to be totally completed for all time.
If we do that, we risk never being satisfied and even becoming anxious about our own abilities. But if we embark on this journey with the knowledge that there's always the potential for growth, we'll look forward to the possibilities - or, perhaps, create our own along the way.
There is excitement rather than anxiety; after all, life would be quite boring and unimaginative if we were able to predict how all our concepts would turn out. Or if we simply stopped working on them because they felt "finished".
In this regard, I'm grateful for transmedia storytelling, because we see the transformation of one idea that could come to touch many different types of people. While we could do without the overabundance of certain franchises, I acknowledge that they are the reason why so many people are motivated to explore their creativity in the form of both original and fanmade works.
It is, for this reason, we must also acknowledge that we cannot possibly be responsible for everything that gets cemented in the cultural lexicon. Everyone deserves their moment to step up to the podium and make of it what they will. Otherwise, we are missing narrative pieces we would either have a hard time acquiring or not be able to acquire at all without the insight of people coming from various backgrounds we may never even know about.
Thus, is it alright for us to leave things incompleted? Absolutely. Each of us has a role to play in creating our culture and this process will never end for as long as human beings are capable of keeping it alive. Regardless of how we may feel about our contributions in retrospect, they are the dawning of ideas that get added on to or combined with them. Alternatively, they are challenged altogether, but they are not dismissed, and such a feat would not take place without them in the first place.
We should not feel ashamed of our thoughts or inadequate in our endeavours. If this were the case with any thinker, I really don't believe we'd have made so many advances in storytelling methods as we did, whether in entertainment, advertisement, science, education, and many others that intercept.