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Ira Glass on…perseverance

NPR is a constant in my house and Ira Glass is one of our favorites.  I came across this quote on the creative mind and what to do with it.  Whether or not you’re a writer, I think it helps us examine what’s behind our work– whatever it is.  Hope it helps.  yrs.  Laura

What nobody tells people who are beginners — and I really wish someone had told this to me . . . is that all of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, and it’s 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 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. 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. – Ira Glass

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My interview on MTPR's Evening Edition

Click here to listen to my interview with Sally Mauk on Montana Public Radio on June 10.

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Interview on MTPR’s The Write Question Tonight at 7:30pm Mountain Time

Click here for The Write Question Interview with Cherie Newman on MTPR, April 1, 2010, 7:30 pm

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