Friday, August 14, 2009

Creativity, and not quitting

I hear from a lot of people who want to be writers. They want to know the secrets to being a professional writer. You can easily spend thousands of dollars on books and magazines and seminars on how to be a successful writer -- or how to succeed in any kind of creative field. The one secret I know -- it's a secret most people don't want to hear -- is this:

Don't quit.

Ira Glass, of NPR's "This American Life," says it even better. Take this to heart, go create something, and have a great weekend.


rnnyhoff said...

Well said Tommy ... in the manner of Strunk & White ... short, succinct and to-the-point.

Failed Minimalist said...

Caught this video a couple years back. The Hipsters love Glass, and rightly so. I saw him speak in Asheville a while back, too. Very inspirational for wannabes, bloggers and hacks (I'm all 3). Oh, yea, something else Mr. Glass advocates: transparency and humanism in reporting. Check out Ira Glass's Intro to New Kings of Non-Fiction here:,,9781594482670,00.html%3fsym=EXC

Failed Minimalist said...

Oh, wish hyperlinks worked here. This tinyurl link will get you to the intro of Ira Glass's book: