Just what I needed to hear

October 20th, 2011

After last week’s pity party, I read this today. (Go read it; I’ll wait. It’s short.) So I’m hanging in there. Because yeah, I’ve got killer taste and hell yeah I’ve got potential. So I’m hanging in there. You hang in there too.


6 Responses to “Just what I needed to hear”

  1. Elizabeth on October 21, 2011 10:19 am

    I adore Ira Glass! Beautiful.
    I think with the work I do it’s not exactly “taste” but a recognition of what quality intellectual work looks like… and I am so, so feeling that gap.

    Just keep writing, just keep writing, just keep writing…

    Yes.

    Thank you.

  2. Julia@kolo on October 21, 2011 10:38 am

    I love that quote from Ira Glass as well, and he is absolutely right. Hang in there and keep writing!

  3. Claudia on October 21, 2011 1:37 pm

    Love Ira. That was such a bullseye.

    Speaking of links, I’ve been inundating my favorite blogs with this link: http://therumpus.net/sections/dear-sugar/

    Some of the best, most insightful writing I’ve ever come across.

  4. Jennifer on October 25, 2011 10:49 am

    Elizabeth – I think in this case “taste” can be taken as short hand for perception: recognizing what is quality in your chosen field and having the honest clarity of vision to see the gaps between your work and the work you judge to be quality work.

    I have blogged before about “workhorses” v. “Wunderkinds” in the arena of sports. And it’s funny because when it comes to sports I have always thought that workhorses are better off – I think being a Wunderkind too early can in the long run actually inhibit a kid’s athletic development and I deeply value the way needing to practice to keep up with the competition molds character in addition to eventually making your really good. Why do I have such trouble transferring this genuine preference for workhorses to my creative life? Interesting question to ask myself.

  5. Cory Q on November 1, 2011 9:56 pm

    Now that is a fantastic quote and thing to remember!

    I do a little woodworking here and there and have found I have no mechanism to accept comments about the work that are positive. I can only see where I went wrong. It takes time, so much time, to get to know the techniques, the look, the very feel of the thing in your head and when the dust settles and what is on the table is an approximation, it stings, and I want there to be less of that stinging each time. I call it “progress”. Though, sometimes a dismal failure comes after a marginal win. The curve isn’t a nicely upward arch as I wish it to be. Maybe you are experiencing a similar arch problem?

    Either way, thank you for sharing and as Red Green says “I’m pulling for you. We’re all in this together”!

  6. Jennifer on November 4, 2011 3:04 pm

    Cory: Yes, this -> “I have no mechanism to accept comments about the work that are positive” Also, this -> “Though, sometimes a dismal failure comes after a marginal win. The curve isn’t a nicely upward arch as I wish it to be. “

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