I love this quote by Ira Glass which is transcribed below:
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 think there’s much to be said about this quote and I’ve mentioned more than a few times on this blog that one of the top and most simple strategies for you, as a writer, blogger, and publisher, is to just create content, day after day after day.
It’s the volume game; quality (and recognition) will come in time.
If you think that my so-called popularity grew overnight (and I’m not that popular, mind you) then you’ve got it all wrong! I’ve been blogging over a decade now and I’m still not as “big” as many, many other publishers out there (that was never my intent to begin with besides).
Please keep your blog going, keep the light’s on, so to speak. You’re building your collection, your volume, and you’re working on your art, your craft, and everything in between.
Remember, you are a writer – so own it!