It doesn’t have to be perfect, it just has to get done

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There are better artists than me, and I wish I were better at writing. I know I’m not the hardest working or most organized. I worry about these things and it can paralyze me. I get the creeping doubt; do I have what it takes to make meaningful work? Do you have that special something, the secret sauce, that makes great work stand out from everything else?

What I turn to is that great work doesn’t come from nowhere. Great artists aren’t born with anything special. I read and listen to a lot of stuff about the creative process. Probably a bit too much. I can tell you there are no secrets, almost everyone is the same. Everyone starts out making bad work, then they get better and start making good work. The lesson is that no one waits. You have to move forward and create things now. It’s worth more to finish something imperfect that to never get started.

You probably draw better than most people, and you definitely draw good enough to start making stuff now. You might not be the best writer, but you’re probably good enough for now. What’s important is that you can learn. You will develop those skills best by making finishing things. Making finished things takes patience and resilience. Become relentless in your drive to finish new projects. You will have to make work that falls short of your vision, this will hone your voice. Take what you learn from each project and apply it to the next one, and keep going. You will be faced with doubt and you will have to remind yourself it doesn’t have to be perfect it just has to get done.

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