6.23.2011

creativity

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 I know 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 its 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.
~Ira Glass

Somedays it really helps me to read this, to keep moving forward, and try.  It's good stuff.

camera: pentax k1000

24 comments:

  1. oh my. thanks for this today. I know I've read this somewhere before but it had slipped to the rear of my mind and was collecting dust until now. precisely what I feel almost every day and it's pure struggle to keep going. and I think I'm the only person in the world feeling this way. until now.

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  2. i agree. i have yet to call myself anything but amateur, and i love that word, as it keeps me striving to always be a better version of myself, in all things.

    lovely photos, as always :)

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  3. wise words. thanks for sharing :)

    beautiful, beautiful photos!

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  4. That is an amazing quote and it is exactly what I needed to read today. Thank you so much!

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  5. Oh, I love this. I've seen it via video. It is definitely something to return to, this and my favorite Elizabeth Gilbert TED talk. Happy creating.

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  6. wonderful words. and wonderful photo, as always.
    Have a good weekend!

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  7. Ira Glass, classic. Not sure if pure volume of work will help narrow the gap. Definitely need good mentors.

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  8. these photographs are quite something else.

    i came across this quote a while ago, and sometimes this is exactly what keeps me going.

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  9. thanks, alexandria, for sharing. the quotes you share are always wonderful, but this one, i need to make a compartment in my brain so as to remember these wise words.

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  10. thank you very much for this little story. I agree, I wish someone would have told me that earlier, and please someone tell me this again and again!

    I hope you don't mine, but I will have to share these wise words!

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  11. It's VERY good stuff! Thanks!

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  12. well said ira...so true. so true.

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  13. perfect. just perfect.thanks.

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  14. I'm going to print this out, hang it over my desk, and read it every time I'm in doubt!


    thank you :)

    love the photos, especially first one :)

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  15. Ira always says it so well. I keep these words close to me at all times. Also, I'm pretty thrilled to have stumbled upon here. You remind me of a dear friend, or maybe just parts of myself.

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  16. i love the photos so much and the words are really nice. thanks for sharing it :)

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  17. Beautiful! Very inspiring.

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  18. These 2 are amazing !!!!

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  19. Such a wonderful quote! I really needed to read that today, thank you. Leave it to Ira to make sense of things!

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  20. good stuff indeed and so very true - thank you. And your photographs of the sea are really wonderful.

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  21. I love that Ira Glass quote! I have it pasted in the little notebook that I carry around to cheer me up when I get discouraged.

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  22. i hadn't heard
    that quote before...
    in the back
    of my mind
    i know it
    but boy is it
    hard to struggle
    through
    the crappy stuff
    i produce.

    thanks for
    sharing it.
    xo

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  23. this is good... really good.
    : )

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