Posts tagged ‘practice’



We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.

Ernest Hemingway on writers, New York Journal-American (1961)


write more.

I wrote, and I became a better writer the more I wrote.

Neil Gaiman, University of the Arts Commencement Address (2012)



…an inescapable eternity of repetition.

from NBC’s opening tribute to the 2012 Summer Olympics (2012)



A smooth sea never made a skillful sailor.

English proverb (unsourced, undated)


writing talent

I might say that the writing is smooth and agreeable and some of the pages very apt and charming. You have talent—which is the equivalent of a soldier having the right physical qualifications for entering West Point.

F. Scott Fitzgerald, letter toFrances Turnbull(1938)



We should be taught not to wait for inspiration to start a thing. Action always generates inspiration. Inspiration seldom generates action.

Frank Tibolt, unsourced


most pastimes

She liked soccer, but not practicing, which was kind of how she felt about most pastimes.

Rebecca Grace (2012)



The first couple years that you’re making stuff, what you’re making isn’t so good — it’s not that great. It’s trying to be good, it has ambition to be good, but it’s not quite that good. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, your taste is still killer and your taste is good enough that you can tell that what you’re making is kind of a disappointment to you. A lot of people never get past that phase and a lot of people at that point quit.

And the thing I would just like say to you with all my heart is that most everybody I know who does interesting creative work, they went through a phase of years where they had really good taste and they could tell what they were making wasn’t as good as they wanted it to be. We knew that it didn’t have the special thing that we wanted it to have and the thing to do is — everybody goes through that. And for you to go through it, if you’re going through it right now, if you’re just getting out of that phase or if you’re just starting off and you’re entering into that phase, you’ve got to know it’s totally normal and the most important possible thing you can do is do a lot of work. Do a huge volume of work.

Ira Glass, “Ira Glass on Storytelling” (2009)

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