mind the gap — do a lot of work

It’s Sunday morning, the kids are peacefully watching Cars 2 and playing with Legos. I’ve got my cup of coffee and am trolling through Pinterest, my new favorite timesuck source of inspiration and ideas.

I came across this pin quoting Ira Glass on creative work, which led me to the fabulous Writer Underground blog, and this video. (I listen to his radio show, but never knew he was fairly easy on the eyes as well)

To have a vision, and not be able to execute because the quality of our work isn’t good enough yet. I’m so in that phase — with writing, decorating, crafting — and it’s incredibly frustrating. I tend to think I’m either creative, or not, and if it doesn’t come easy I fall into the “not creative” category. It is tough to remember that great work doesn’t just spew out easily and painlessly. Kind of like giving birth. It’s work, after all, and we treasure the final product more knowing the effort we gave to create it.

“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.”

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