Anything creative you make is an effort to showcase your taste. It may not be a perfect expression of your ideas, but you can keep working at it.
I think this is probably one of the most important things to think about while making work this semester and far, far beyond. One of the best features of DS 106 is that it asks you to interrogate what makes good storytelling in a variety of mediums. There’s photography, design, video, audio, writing, and even web stories. Whether you’ve created work in some of these areas, or all, or possibly none, there will be moments of uncomfortableness with either the process or the results of your work.
The video above includes the voice of Ira Glass, the producer of the highly successful NPR radio show This American Life. He’s articulating the advice he wished he’d received when first getting started in a creative field. I think my favorite quote is this one in which he’s describing the stuff people make when they’re first starting out:
We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work.
Make anything, make it often, do it on a deadline. This is what the daily create asks of you every day. Norm Wright did every one of the first 100 daily creates and celebrated this on the one hundredth by making a collage of all of them.
I like a lot of people in the ds106 community were gobsmacked by his commitment to his work. There is so much to be learned by staying in the creative habit. And if you believe we can all be artists, and you’re willing to work at it, then there is so much that’s possible.