When you’re just starting out as a writer, your work may disappoint you. It can be years before you are writing to the level of your expectations. You know what you wanted to write and you can see that it is not meeting the bar. The alternative is to believe everything you write is gold, and you don’t grow if you are that person. While your writing might disappoint you, it should not discourage you.
After I write something, I wait a couple of days. When I read it, it is never as good as I thought when I wrote it. I know what I wanted it to be, and it’s not there. Even this short blog post was rewritten
2 3 4 times. I have always done this and I do it now, but I do see improvement and I’m closing the gap between what I want to create and what I am actually creating.
Ira Glass, the producer of This American Life on Public Radio, understands how disappointing it is when you miss your mark, creatively. Glass says, when he started out, he wished someone would have told him that everyone who does creative work goes through a phase where there is a gap between your good taste and the quality of the work you are producing. He says a lot of people never get past this phase – this normal phase.
“It’s too hard,” they say.
Ira Glass is my hero because he remembers what it is like to be where I am now, and he gave the best advice anyone could offer.
“Do a lot of work.”
Give this a watch and maybe you will see what I mean.
Thank you, Ira Glass.