Advice no one gives new writers.

Ira Glass has some great advice on writing. Advice few people say to new writers. People should read this. A lot of people quit early when being a beginning a writer. You need to push through the hard part of writing.

PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 23:  Radio personality...

PARK CITY, UT – JANUARY 23: Radio personality Ira Glass poses for a portrait during the 2012 Sundance Film Festival at the Getty Images Portrait Studio at T-Mobile Village at the Lift on January 23, 2012 in Park City, Utah. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)

“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.”

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~ by Sander on August 28, 2012.

One Response to “Advice no one gives new writers.”

  1. Thanks for normalizing the fact that you aren’t going to produce gold every day! It’s a good reminder to keep at it.

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