Zen Pencils by Gavin Aung Than for January 18, 2016
Nobody tells people who are beginners… …is that all of us who do creative work… …we get into it… …because we have good taste. RABBIT SEASON But there’s a gap. For the first couple of years what you’re making isn’t so good. BUGS BUNNY It’s trying to be good, it has ambition to be good… …but it’s not quite that good. SNAP But your taste, the thing that got you into the game… …is still killer. Calvin and Hobbes AKIRA And your taste is good enough that you can tell what you’re making is kind of a disappointment to you. A lot of people never get past that phase. A lot of people at that point. SCRUNCH …they quit. Everybody who does interesting, creative work, went through a phase of years where they had really good taste but they could tell what they were making wasn’t as good as they wanted it to be. They knew it fell short. It didn’t have this special thing that we wanted it to have. Everybody goes through that. IT’S TOTALLY NORMAL. And the most important possible thing you can do is a lot of work. Do a huge volume of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week or every month you know you’re going to finish one story. Because it’s only by actually going through a volume of work that you’re going to catch up and close that gap. And the work you’re making will be as good as your ambitions. It’s going to take you awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You just have to fight your way though. - Ira Glass ZEN PENCILS
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Chrystos B Minot Premium Member•
Bravo, Gavin! Kudos to your great heart and inspirational messages!