Watson likely stories

The gap.

I found this helpful. You might too.
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, on the gap between one's ambitions and one's work

Write a short fic a week. Write a longer fic every two weeks. Or a novella a month. Something. Write a story, finish it, take a good look at it, and then move on to the next thing. It takes time to develop expertise and deep skill with a craft.

Archive update: I posted the Buffy/Giles/Xander in a cabin in the middle of nowhere kink meme fill I wrote a while back. I hadn't posted it because I was working on the longer story in which it fit, but it's been ages and probably will be more before that story gets finished. So what the heck, here, have a threesome.

 Hydrophonic Garden by Carbon Based Lifeforms from Hydroponic Garden (Rating: 0)
Tags: ,
Oh I am so in this gap. I hate it, I really do. It's very hard to keep writing when the stuff is so far below my ideas and ambition. I'm much more creative and talented in my head than on paper right now and it gets exhausting to keep producing the bad stuff day after day, but I have hope. I loved reading the Ira Glass piece, thanks so much.
Just keep slogging. Keep going. If you buy the 10,000 hours rule, it'll take a while to get good. Note that writing prose is hard to measure in time, because we start doing it early in school and get some useful practice all through our lives. Write a couple hundred thousand words of fanfiction and see what progress you've made!