Are you still working on that thing? You know that thing you’ve had in your head all this time. That thing that is just about right but just needs a little more work. You know, *that* thing.
Today’s episode is all about why you just need to just Get Done and Move On.
Last week’s episode (TheSparkAndTheArt.com/26) was an interview with Jorge Gutierrez the writer/director of the animated film The Book Of Life. As an artist he said he knew there was a thousand bad drawings before he got to a good one so he just kept drawing. Once he got his first job as an animator he realized that wasn’t exactly what he wanted to do. He wanted to be more in charge of writing the story and creating the world. For him to become a better writer he had to do the same thing that got him his drawing skills, he just kept writing scripts until the good ones came.
But he didn’t keep writing the same script. He kept writing new scripts. He’d finish and move on. Of course, while all this writing was happening he was also out pitching his completed scripts in hopes they would become shows and movies but he kept writing. He had to get out his crappy work so he could get to the good work. Each time he showed it to someone he knew better what was working in his stories.
Every time you finish something you can look back and see where the cracks are. You can see what you need to pay attention to next time. And that’s the secret, next time. The next story is where you put your best learning. It’s finishing something that lets you know what you are good at and where you can experiment next time. Sometimes those experiments work and you get good results. Sometimes those experiments suck and you feel like crap. Regardless you’re done and you know what to try next time. And again, that’s the secret. Next time.
If you are putting off other stories because you are still working on your first book. If you are putting off your next EP because you are still working on a couple songs 5 years on. Perhaps change your wording a little and say you’re finishing your first book. Say you are finishing your song. What ever it takes, get done and move on.
There is an old adage that says “You are only as good as your last.” and I’ve read it as “… your last success.” “… your last failure.” “ … your last game.” If you are continually working on a single project that’s as good as you’ll ever be. You absolutely need to finish and start something new. Because 10 project in the future you’ll be so much better. As a bonus you’ll have 10 awesome completed things to share instead of one crappy half done thing.
You only get better by getting done so Get Done and Move On.
Here’s where you get to do some thinking
Have you been working on something for a while?
Is it keeping you from starting something new?
Is it mostly done?
What would it take to just finish it to make room for the next thing?
What would happen if you abandon the project completely?
Is the project finished but you’re just ‘Polishing it up’?
What is keeping you from just calling it done?
What is keeping you from starting the next thing?
What is one thing you could do to Get Done and Move on?
Did anything in today’s episode make you think of someone you know who is struggling with finishing? I’d love it if you shared this episode with them. The share URL is TheSparkAndTheArt.com/27
If you disagree with anything I said in today’s episode let me know on twitter @sh_tucker or leave me a voicemail at the toll-free number 1-877-966-4886. Can’t wait to hear from you.
Thanks for listening and remember, you won’t get the art without the work and you won’t do the work without the spark.