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.