Video: Ira Glass

Yesterday I published a little post about how to be more creative, how not to get stuck on one crappy idea that you’re trying to forever improve. Following on from this, you may find Ira Glass inspiring when he explains how to grow to excellence.

Glass says:

The most important possible thing you could do is do a lot of work. Do a huge volume of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week or every month you know you’re gonna finish one story. Whatever it’s gonna be. You create the deadline. It’s best if you have somebody who is waiting for work from you. Someone who is expecting from you, even if it is not someone who pays you but that you’re in a situation where you have to churn out the work. Because it is only by actually going through a volume of work that you’re actually going to catch up and close that gap and the work you’re making will be as good as your ambitions.

By consistently writing, it is not impossible to have a day job and still finish one or two feature screenplays every year. This is exactly what the people I believe in are doing right now.

Are you one of them?

With thanks to Dana Skowrnowski and Adrian Kok. If you liked this, check out more videos about screenwriting or filmmaking. And if you know of a great video on Screenwriting, let us know in the comments. Thanks!




About the Author

Karel FG Segers

Karel Segers wrote his first produced screenplayat age 17. Today he is a story analyst with experience in international acquisition, development and production. He co-wrote Danger Close, the biggest budget Australian film of the decade, and has trained and consulted all over the world, including award-winners and Academy Award nominees. Karel ranks among the most influential people for screenwriting on social media, and speaks a handful of European languages, which he is still trying to find a use for in his present hometown of Sydney, Australia

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