Weekend freedom from work gives me a chance to catch up on interesting blogs.
I got this from a comment by Joanne (Stitch and Witter blog) posted on Tilly's blog (Tilly and the Buttons). Joanne got it from Amanda, who was quoting Ira Glass, host of This American Life, which is one of my favorite radio shows. Mr. Glass is talking about making videos, but what he says applies to any creative work.
1. Be aware that when you're a beginner, you'll go through a period of time (years) when your stuff isn't all that good;
2. To get better, you have to keep working hard;
3. Give yourself deadlines -- for example, one project per week.
This is such good advice, and comes at such a perfect time for me, when I need inspiration, that I'm going to take the liberty of repeating it once again here, so I can be sure to find it next time I get discouraged.