Not long ago I wrote about learning to ride a bike. This is not the only new thing I am doing. There are quite a few. In a sense, this blog is still in it’s infancy. I’m also drawing and venturing into non-fiction writing.
One thing that I struggle with in all of these is motivation. It takes courage to pick up the pencil each time and very rarely am I amazed by what I achieve. This makes it harder to get back on the metaphorical saddle and easier to lose the faith you’re clinging to.
I was shown this quote by someone a while ago and I loved it.
“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
I’m planning to write a new blog post every week and publish it on Wednesdays. Its not going to always be stunning, but it’ll be good, getting slowly better over time. I’m also going to try and draw something every week, but that will rarely be shared.
There, I’ve made a commitment. Now I can be held to it. Gulp!