Writer’s Inspiration

"For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good. It has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you."

From Ira Glass of, “This American Life,” on NPR.

Nobody tells this to people who are beginners. I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste.

But there is this gap.

For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good. It has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you.

A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit.

Most people who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have.

We all go through this.

And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know it’s normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story.

It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap. And your work will be as good as your ambitions.

And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile.

You’ve just gotta fight your way through.

I saw this on Facebook a few days ago. I found it very cheering since I’m definitely at that stage and trying to get some writing done.

It’s really much more useful than Sturgeon’s Law(Ninety Percent of Everything is Crap). They are both observations of the same problem, but the Glass quote includes an explanation which contains a solution.

As a Facebook acquaintance observes, the solution is, “tenacity.” Looks like it’s time for me to grab hold of the pen and hang on for dear life!

Just figured I’d share.

Astrographer

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2 Responses to Writer’s Inspiration

  1. Reblogged this on Bleed Words; Live Boldly and commented:
    Beautiful motivational sentiment. Keep bleeding words; keep living boldly.

  2. Jess @ Make and Do Crew says:

    This is amazing. It made me tear up. It’s just so beautifully, painfully true.

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