Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Inspiration

I was listening to some music recently when a quote started playing that the artist had spliced in to the song. While there was a time that inspiration quotes like this got me through the day, the time I rely on them has passed, but I know that things like this can really help a lot of people still, and it actually did get to me too. It's by Ira Glass who said;

“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.”

I do find that incredibly relatebale. When you first start something, your ideas tend to be bigger than your talent, and sometimes it can take a while to become really groundbreaking, or at the very least, have your abilities catch up with your potential. Really, it's a race that may never be won, as you should always try to out do yourself.

I think it applies to a lot more than writing, and even more than just creative arts. It applies to pretty much anything people do. You probably won't be perfect at first, and I hate it when I'm not perfect at something straight away, or when I have I to redo something, or it takes a while to learn, but this is the way things are.

Take your time, and you'll get there in the end.

9 comments:

  1. :thumbu: Really true. Often times I myself am disappointed in my works, whether it were the old podcasts, or the stories. Just stick it out and you'll get better. Practice makes better.

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  2. I can relate to this quote as well Mark, I love things like that that just kind of get you riled up and wanting to seize life, absolutely love this Mark, inspiration is something that always kind of needs topped up in my opinion because it can disappear so quickly.

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  3. While I can identify with the quote, It's not very snappy. It could be shortened to "break on through to the other side".

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  4. oh it def applies to writing...where i am now is far from 4 years ago...like anything its all practice til you get put in the game...smiles.

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  5. I love inspirational quotes and this is a great one!! Words are more powerful than we realize. A great quote can really make one think...

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  6. Goddamn you, Ira Glass. I used to just like you because of This American Life, and now you gotta be spouting out words of divine wisdom. Thanks for the quote, Mark. Poignant.

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  7. Get out of my brain Mark. How is it that you keep making posts about exactly what I need to read??

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  8. Yes. This, so hard. It's the reason why I'll be writing other things before starting on SL.

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  9. my friend used to write good stories and poems before.. now, she found herself doing nothing..

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