On the latest episode of his Developing Perspective Podcast, David Smith talks about how his high standards for his writing and other creative work often hold him back from creating it in the first place.
"Often in building things, whether its building an app or writing a blog post, doing a YouTube video, doing a Podcast, whatever it is. I think we often think of these things as more... more fancy than they need to be. More fancy than is actually helpful. Like, if you think of something as this amazing thing that you're aspiring towards, and you're not going to build it until you can build the thing that you are aspiring to, you'll never actually do anything."
"I'm giving myself permission to just... try, and see what happens. And I think that you can really end up with some really cool things as a result from that if you don't get stuck into your own head about having to have, or only being able to do things once you're confident and have mastered them. So you know, just give yourself permission to put whatever you want out in the world and you know, you'll get better."
This really resonated with me. Recently, I've been thinking a whole lot more about writing and the sort of writing I want to be doing on this site, or any site that I might author or contribute to in the future. It's gotten me thinking about the content and the quality of my writing. So when I listened to this episode of Developing Perspective, it just sort of jumped out and hit me.
I've been so concerned with getting the right ideas for my writing, getting the right website design to read it on, making sure to include certain details in my pieces, and trying my best to make them seem as professional and well-done as possible, that I haven't been writing nearly at all. That doesn't mean those things are always bad, they're important a lot of the time, but they can also hold me back from simply creating work in the first place. This is something that I'd like to change.
This is the first "Link Post" that I've published, where the title of this post is a click-through link to the content which I'm referencing. In this case, it's linked to the episode of the podcast that I'm talking about. These kinds of posts are great if I've just had a thought or an opinion about something, and while I haven't had time to, or don't want to flesh it out into a full piece, I can still comment on it and get a little more writing out there as a result.
I think I'd like to do a whole lot more of these style of posts in the future, and so whether I'm inspired to write about fountain pens, or Mac applications, or a new photo project that I'm working on, I'm going to try and give myself permission to put it out there. Even if it is less-than-amazing.