One [Story] A Week

by Kittie Bernott in


It's a rare day when I can sit down in my studio and create something from start to finish. This isn't due to lack of positive motivation - it usually comes down to a disproportionate ratio of materials to ideas.

Today, for example, I woke up with a head full of ideas. Wire wrapping! Comic cutout pendants! Maybe even some custom illustration work! Oh, and a really cool bracelet line. Yet, when I sat down to begin the creation process, I didn't have the right materials on hand.

I got my ideas sketched out; I reviewed source material, and outlined future pieces; I ordered the materials needed to create the things listed above; I even managed a prototype (wire wrapping) and a bespoke pendant (which I'll probably end up nabbing for myself). Still, after six hours of work, I didn't have the dozens of beautifully completed pieces I'd envisioned when I rolled out of bed.

As a perfectionist and a results-driven individual, it could be easy for me to view a day like today as some sort of failure, but I try super hard to avoid that mental trap.

I love what Ira Glass has to say about closing the gap between what your work is, and what you want it to be:

"Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions."

He says "story," but it holds true for any creative work. The goal should always be to create, on a regular schedule, and be proud of the process. The results will follow.