I don’t generally share articles that seem like they were created for Facebook — you know, the ones with headlines that end with “…and what I saw blew my mind!” — but I’ll make an exception for this. Ira Glass gives us creative folks some sage advice in a new way. Keep writing, keep working, keep doing your best and eventually you will get good, provided you stick with it even when you know you can do better but you’re just not.
I remember when I first started playing the clarinet in sixth grade. I wanted to sound like Benny Goodman, but in reality I sounded like a sick goose. But I stuck with it. By the end of sixth grade I could play “Jingle Bells” and “When the Saints Go Marching In.” By the end of my junior year in high school, my fingers could fly! But I stopped playing clarinet my senior year, so I never came anywhere close to Benny Goodman. I never even learned how to play without sheet music. I’m 43 now. What if I had continued to practice the clarinet through all these years? Maybe I could imitate a Benny Goodman solo!
I have stuck with writing, and I’d say I’ve come a long way since I started my first diary at age eight. I’m not as good as I’d like to be, but I will keep pressing on.
Keep writing and writing more!
Here is the link.