On Storytelling by Ira Glass

Creativity, flow, focus and inspiration are great concepts but sometimes hard to achieve when you get caught up in a myriad of projects and deadlines. This is one of my favourite quotes because it reminds me that good things take their time, all we need to do is keep going.

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.

by Ira Glass

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Ora aqui está um produto que vem reforçar aquilo que eu já ando a apregoar há algum tempo: Quando em dúvida, tome um copo de vinho! Passo a explicar…

Se o álcool resolve os problemas a alguém? Obviamente que não. Mas o ato de tomar um copo de vinho proporciona um momento de relax que pode bem ser o primeiro passo para resolver um qualquer obstáculo ou agrura diária.

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Blogging and free time: how I do it

Lazy weekends are the best thing.

These are the only days that I feel happy to plan.

It may sound a bit odd, since weekends are free time and you shouldn’t plan free time, you should just enjoy it.

My beloved free time has to be planned though because it is scarce and I want to make the most of it. I want to be with my family and friends, I want to go out for drinks, I want to sleep, I want to read, I want to blog, I want to go to the beach, I want to go run and take my dog… It is too much stuff to do in just one small weekend.

I’m  good with this “mental planning “ though but not so good at sticking to the plan.

So, since the task of accomplished it all is daunting, I have to come up with some kind of tactics for doing what I love, well and quickly, as to have time to do the other thousands of things that I love as well. Continue reading