If I were to sum up my original editor’s opinion of my book, it would be this:
Your ideas are good, but your execution isn’t there yet.
Trust me, I already knew. Or at least the second part.
The other day I came across a speech by Ira Glass. It’s called The Gap. If you’re at all interested in doing creative work, or important work of any kind, go watch it. It’s two minutes long. It’s worth it.
I know my taste is good. I know my ideas are good. But I also know my execution isn’t where I want it to be. I have to catch up to everybody else who has been doing this for a lot longer than I have. But if there’s one thing I know above all else, it’s that there’s one thing I have that other people apparently do not:
I will not quit.