I found or rediscovered a note on the side of my filing cabinet. I don't remember where it came from, the pages aren't curled yet and the paper has not turned yellow, so chances are I found it on Facebook. But for those writers struggling - something every writer does - this is for you.
These are not my words ... I'm simply sharing what I found ...
'Nobody tells this to people who are beginners: I WISH SOMEONE HAD TOLD ME.
All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste.
BUT THERE IS A GAP.
For the first couple years you make stuff, 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 it's 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's 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!'
Now go write something!
Til next time ~