Wednesday, September 19, 2012 By Aaron Brown
Well, Glass has answered that question for us. I've read this quote before but with it laid out in graphic form with Glass's voice this is even better:
I very much agree. Was the first episode of my new radio show very, very good? NPR good? Not really. It was pretty good for a local show; choppy for a national one. Subsequent shows have gotten better. Maybe we're knocking on the door of being good. But the only way you cross the finish line is by continuing the work. I very much feel that way about my writing. I wrote a lot of crappy columns over the past 10 years (and sometimes still do), each of them necessary to write ones that are good.
Stephen King says something similar in "On Writing." Writers write. Write and write. When you think you've written something good, tear it apart and write some more. Because almost no one is naturally good. Only through work, as with farming and mechanics.
(h/t Aaron Klemz)