Not Enough Gets Said About the Importance of Abandoning Crap

By killing, you make something else better live. – Ira Glass 

Ira Glass


According to “This American Life” host Ira Glass, about half of everything the production crew makes at the infamous podcast gets “killed.”

Glass sat down for a four-part series on storytelling that has been circulating on Youtube for years.

Part motivational speech/part advice segment, his series focuses on what makes a good story and how to know when to let a bad story go.

“Do a huge volume of work.”

This may seem like common knowledge, but practice really is the only way to get better at something. The more work you put out there, the more examples you’ll have of what not to do in the future.

It’s hard to accept that you won’t be an audio superstar, or Pulitzer winning journalist overnight just by sheer virtue- but it’s delusional to think otherwise.

A Lot of People Quit Before Getting Better

There is a period of time that lasts years, Ira says, in which artists or reporters are still learning and honing their craft. Unfortunately, this is when a lot of aspiring creatives quit the pursuit.

Writing and art should be about the process, not about a desire for fame and fortune awaiting you at the end. It will most likely never come.

In other words, this is not a career you do for the money- you do it for passion. Let your passion take you beyond your own pain threshold, toward a time when suddenly your art takes on a life of it’s own, from dedication, perseverance and a working knowledge of the trials of the craft.

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