The Yin

8 thoughts on “The Yin”

  1. I came to your blog via the link on Linda’s blog (I only recently started following her) and am glad for the connection with both of your blogs. Your work is eloquent and interesting. This piece speaks to things I’m sure many of us have experienced – I certainly have!

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    1. Thank you for the kind words! I would be lost if I stopped blogging, too. Creative projects give me something to look forward to…even when I struggle with them. But, I guess those feelings really aren’t all that uncommon.

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  2. Keep going. You’re one of the most insightful persons I’ve ‘met’ through blogging and one of the most analytical about yourself – that will lead you into confusion and making knots sometimes…I’ve done this to myself too – but clarity will come and when it does you’ll see that this current doubt is all part of getting you there. Wishing you happy jogging and blogging.

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    1. Thank you very much, Lynne. And you’re right about over analyzing ourselves. I’m not going to quit. Sometimes, unpleasantness is just part of the process. I appreciate the kind words and the thoughtful comments, as always!

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  3. Thanks for coming over to my blog and liking my poem.

    When I hit similar feelings, this Ira Glass quote has been powerfully reassuring that it is crucial to continue producing if I ever want to be as good as I could be: “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.”

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