That’s a quote from the designer Paul Jarvis in this podcast conversation.
It’s a fact that I forget.
Most of the artists we know and look up to just didn’t write one book or paint one awesome picture or record one sweet song or have just one incredible meme (…if that’s art, that’s a different convo), but the ones we truly admire are the people who did it repeatedly. Those that made connections over and over again, and changed the game in some way while doing it.
Their art is a collection of great moments over a sustained stretch.
Too many writers are trying to scratch something out fast, just because. They’re not even sure if they’re really a writer. Then they want to tell other people how to do it. But if “success” doesn’t come fast enough, they’re done.
Why were you doing it then?
If you really liked it or enjoyed it and wanted to make a career out of it, it takes some work to go with the passion. And that takes time.
In the race to the top, we often go for the moment rather than trying to create a legacy.
Working on the writing takes time, a lifetime even.
I like Paul Jarvis. He’ one of the few authentic bloggers I’ve found that knows how to balance this whole “art vs brand-building” magic show. Read his stuff, and no, he didn’t tell me to say that, I’ve never spoken with him, I think he favorited my tweet once.