It’s going to take some time (and that’s okay)

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Despite what people may tell you, creating art is not easy.

Creating art (or anything) is hard work and chances are it’s going to take awhile to get to that point where you are creating something worthwhile.  You’re going to try and your going to fail to live up to your own expectations, but that’s okay.  That’s just how it works, that’s how you learn, and that’s how eventually you’ll get better.

As Ira Glass says, nobody tells you this.  Nobody tells you that it’s going to hurt along the way, but you just keep doing it anyway because that is what creative artists do.  They create, they fail, and then they get back up and create something else…


“Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. 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, 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 its 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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  1. As a new “mosaic” person (I am not saying artist yet), I was given this story you tell from a true “artist” and I so appreciate her for giving me this information as well as you for writing it. I have the inspiration I need, the styles I think (?) I want to achieve, motivation and now I know it is going to be alot of work until I get to where my work is “worth it”! Thank you ….. an up and coming “artist”!