I consider myself to be in a constant state of observation, always looking for something that others may miss. Like a detective of life, looking for clues as to who we are, why people do the things they do. In the same way that when you point a finger three point back at you, these questions reveal clues to my own persona. Sometimes, my vision can be slow and foggy, but at others it can be quick and razor sharp.
I am not the only person observing. In our own way, we all are. I try to be inspired by what I see, inspired to get something from the experience. Others have their own vision, and their own way of expressing it.
One of the creations that I find fascinating are quotes. I am not the world’s best wordsmith, and would never claim to be. However, I love reading, and recently I prefer my non-fiction to my fiction. What I’ve found is that others have a way of describing something that just resonates within me, as if revealing something that I had always known but never pronounced.
One of the quotes that I would like to share with you that I discovered recently is this one, by Ira Glass who is a radio broadcaster on This American Life. As far as I can tell, it’s from an interview with him on storytelling.
“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.”