Hard work + Luck vs. God Given Talent, Round 2

So, after Jaye commented that the video of 3 year old Zach finger-painting reminded her of Denny Dent I did a little of the Googlefication on the intertubes and discovered the following video. I’ll be damned if they don’t have a similar technique.

I’m also happy to report that I’m no longer in a fragile state of mind concerning my writing. This is thanks to two things. First, the videos of Zach and Mr. Dent both reminded me that the one of the great purposes of art and the fuel that drives it is “play.” If a spirit of play isn’t in art, at least on some level, I don’t think we’d be as driven to do it as we are. The second thing that bandaged my ego was, ironically, a typing session last night during which I found that the very earliest work I did on my current WIP is awful. Horribly horribly bad. I’m gonna toss out most of it, the first chapter at least. This is a good thing. The issue I’ve been muddling through lately is a feeling that my current work, my most recent work, hasn’t been up to the level of the earlier work on the novel. My discovery that my earliest work was God-forsaken-awful reminded me that I only get up to the good stuff through hard work, and that at the beginning I was just figuring out what this novel was trying to say. I’m still trying to figure it out, but that’s okay.

2 thoughts on “Hard work + Luck vs. God Given Talent, Round 2

  1. Man, I have a lot of old things I posted on my blog only 2 years ago that are now painful for me to read. I try to look at it this way: isn’t it nice to know that you are improving? Of course, seeing old work also serves to remind you that the things you are writing today, you might one day look back on with some head-shaking as well.

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