Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Why I Will Never Quit Trying




August 23rd, 2011

Ira Glass on Storytelling from David Shiyang Liu on Vimeo.


In less than two minutes, Ira Glass has given me the words to say to myself, so that I keep on trying; so that I keep on inching--maybe only in centimeters, not inches--toward my goal.

With very special thanks and deep shout outs of gratitude to SanDiegoMomma, for sending this video my way. What I heard here, brought good tears of  hope and possibilities to my eyes.

Thank you for so much, lady.

38 comments:

  1. Surely the Empress isn't doubting her ability? Banish the thought!

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  2. It took me 8 years of doing stand-up before I was really good at it.

    I recently reread the first 2 years of my blog and was mortified. It's never the best writing you do when you begin. The story may shine through, but the writing is not what it should be.

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  3. Ah, YES. Thanks for posting this. I needed to hear that, too.

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  4. I've been struggling with finding a sense direction for quite a while now. As I continue to experiment to find what fulfills my creative needs, I'm just slogging along. It's nice to hear someone say what I've been thinking: Others may think what I've done is the cat's ass while I know it's missing something.

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  5. smiles. i hear you. i think some days we all need that...

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  6. I big pink puffy heart Mr. Glass.

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  7. That is a good reminder and it really hits home here, thanks for posting!

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  8. I think i have seen something else by this guy. But this was excellent and it's true...we all just forget that honing a craft takes time.

    Thanks for sharing

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  9. That's...ridiculously amazing. I've never heard it put so clearly and succinctly. Just keep working through because it's not until you've amassed a good deal of work that you become GOOD.

    Wow. Just wow. Thank you for sharing this and for giving me hope.

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  10. I do so love that quote - it's so inspirational!

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  11. This is so wonderful, I will watch it always.

    And, I have to say, a HUGE HUGE wondrous thing about blogging: to have someone to share this with that GETS it.

    You're all so amazing. Thank you.

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  12. Thumbs up, Mr. Glass. Thumbs up.
    And big, fluffy kisses to you, Empress... just because...

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  13. Wow.

    Just wow.

    And now, to get my ass going on a HUGE VOLUME OF WORK.

    Immediately. And for a long time.

    (Also, thank you. A lot. This was a message that was much needed. At this exact minute.)

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  14. hi. i saw you at ed's and followed you home:) you have a wonderful blog, and that invitation to never feel lonely again is so warm. thank you. i like the video message, especially about having good taste that makes us know that we can do better. thank you.

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  15. Ummm...can I just tell you that I LOVE what you've done with the place?!??!? And this post is brilliant - I'm sharing (with credit to you and SDM) at the writing blog. xoxoxo!

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  16. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this video! It is so true too.I hope you never give up.

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  17. Fantastic. Love it. So glad I watched it. And thank YOU for sharing.

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  18. --I love love love that video. So inspiring. Find that "Special Thing." YEAH!! Keep working. Fabulous. I'd like to see the whole thing.

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  19. Thank you for posting this. It was just what I needed to hear. This was the kick/inspiration I was looking for.

    Hope you're having a great week. *HUGS*

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  20. Love this, love you. As always. XO

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  21. As a writer, I thank you for this post. I am driven and I have damn good taste but sometimes I know I fall short of my own expectations.That's why I keep working at it. This only confirms that I am on my right path. As are you. Tell your story mama.
    Love you, that is all!

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  22. This is so inspiring! I went through that phase, where my writing wasn't what I wanted it to be (it was pretty bad), when I turned towards being a full-time writer (as well as a full-time SAHM). I had always enjoyed writing, but when I pursued it full-time I thought I had all these great ideas and sent out manuscripts to publishers. Then after a couple of years I looked back at all that I had written and submitted and I cringed. They were awful. But I also realized how much better I had become as a writer. It's like I needed that phase of bad writing to grow and become a better writer. And I also realized that I still am in an early phase and have more phases to go through, until one day, perhaps years from now, I am the writer I want to be, the kind I know I can be, if I just keep learning and growing. So thank you for sharing this video! I love it!

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  23. I needed this.
    So needed this.
    Thank you.

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  24. That's an interesting yet very relevant message. Something that truly creative people and writers (cuz I ain't one) can take to heart.

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  25. Sweet Jesus thank you for sharing that. I really needed that. Just got finished reading an essay I wrote that SUCKED! This gives me the encouragement to go back to work on it. Because it can get better and maybe I can close that Fucking Gap!

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  26. This is GREAT. Truly needed this, thanks for sharing.

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  27. Wow! We all need to hear that! Thank you for sharing:)

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  28. hemmingway talked about writing your first million words basically to get them out of the way becuz the next million are so much better.

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  29. I love reading / listening to writers talk about writing and the process - this was great: succinct, honest, TRUE. Power through Empress! I'm saying the same thing to myself!

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  30. Thank you Empress!!! And SanDiegoMomma!

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  31. That WAS phenomenal! Seriously. So true and so motivational. Thanks for sharing!

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  32. I am so happy to have some one to share this with , who gets it.

    How I appreciate every one of you above, who watched this along with me.

    Thank you.

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  33. Ira via the empress. What a great connection. And thank you. I needed to hear exactly those words today, to be reminded of what Stephen King said (yes, that stephen king, whose book on writing is quite good, actually): he said you can't succeed as a writer unless you get your butt in the chair every day, without fail. By which he meant the same thing as Ira: keep working. Keep working and working and working. Because without the sweat, ain't nothing going to happen. Sounds so easy & yet it's so, so hard!

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  34. Thank you so much fo rsharing this. A much needed reminder :)

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