Creative People and Not Quitting.

Ira Glass - Stuart Mullenberg (2)A post by Ira Glass, the host of the radio show This American Life, quoted the following and it made got me thinking:

“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.”

How true is this? Think about it for a moment. All creative people have this taste in their mouth for the spice they want. Whether that’s music, art, writing, or whatever other creative endeavor you choose, there is a trial period where what one makes isn’t coming out similar to how one envisions it in the imagination.

I did it with music and art, and I’m still doing it today with writing.

And I became frustrated with music and art and eventually gave them up to move on to other projects due to the  aggravation in the “finished” product.

Could it be something as simple as “needs more practice?”

It’s one of those things that slaps you in the face with logic and stings with the bitter taste of humble pie.

My guitar is giving me a dirty look. I think I should apologize.



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