The headline writer over at omeleto.com promises that in this video “What Ira Glass Explains In 1-Minute Will Change Your Life Forever. Seriously.”
I don’t know that I’d go that far, but it is certainly a timely reminder about the struggle of the creative process for all of us new bloggers.
Ira Glass is host and master storyteller for public radio’s This American Life.
Take a look…
I can relate — a thousand times yes, I can relate. And it makes me feel a whole lot better to be in the company of Ira Glass. How about you?
Mind the gap
With a collection of unfinished poems, articles, partially-started stories and trashed blogs, I’m going to pledge — right here and now — that I’m not going to be one of those people who quits, as Glass says a lot of people do. I’ve certainly called myself a quitter in the past, and I think it’s time to redefine that way of thinking.
Yes, I may have put those works aside, but at least I was writing something for the majority of the years I’ve been out of the workforce and a stay-at-home mom.
Was I writing enough? No, but I was minding the gap.
The gap between my old professional life as writer, and my future one.
The gap between the creative writing I want to do, and the crap I have to wade through to get there.
It’s a long slog. And this blog is a part of that.
It’s my slog blog.
It’s where I very publicly practice the art of writing. I get better this way because I take it seriously. Just like I practice yoga at a local studio with — gasp — other people in the room. Just like my daughters practice dance with others who are learning, in front of a big mirrored wall no less.
My daughter’s new art teacher wrote in her class syllabus recently that art is a “learned skill.” She made no mention of talent or ability. While that factors in, I don’t think it does nearly to the degree that practice and determination do. What do you think? Glass did not talk about talent, just good taste. And we all have that, don’t we? At least subjectively.
Why do we expect things to come so easily? Perhaps because a lot of creative people don’t give voice to their struggle. Writers don’t put first drafts of their novels on their blogs. Visual artists don’t work in public studios. We see only their finished products: the book on the shelf or the painting in a gallery.
That’s why I so appreciate these words by Glass. I hope you find them as inspiring and comforting as I did. Write on, fellow bloggers. Write on.
“It takes a while. It’s going to take you awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. And you just have to fight your way through that.” –Ira Glass