Wednesday, March 19, 2014

The Gap

If you're the creative type, you've probably noticed that there's a gap between what you want to create and what you end up creating.  Since none of us is God, there will always be a gap between our imaginations and our abilities, but we can narrow that gap if we keep on trying.

Watch this Ira Glass video and see if at least some of your self-doubt fades away.

DeAnna Julie Dodson has always been an avid reader and a lover of storytelling, whether on the page, the screen or the stage. This, along with her keen interest in history and her Christian faith, shows in her tales of love, forgiveness and triumph over adversity. She is the author of In Honor Bound, By Love Redeemed and To Grace Surrendered, a trilogy of medieval romances, as well as Letters in the Attic, The Key in the Attic, The Diary in the Attic and The Legacy in the Attic, contemporary mysteries. Her new series of Drew Farthering Mysteries debuted in the Summer of 2013 with Rules of Murder, to be followed by Death by the Book and Murder at the Mikado in 2014 from Bethany House. A fifth-generation Texan, she makes her home north of Dallas with three spoiled cats.


  1. Interesting. This reminds me of how I hear the songs in my head, but what comes out is worse that a cat screech.

    I clicked on the video and then turned away to do something while I was waiting for it to start. When it did, I listened to the words and while wondering what the speaker looked like. So then I played it away from the start while watching. Ugh. I didn't like the visuals at all. I'm glad I heard it first otherwise I would have missed the message because looking at it gave me a headache. Reminded me of strobe lighting.

    But the concept of what he said is interesting.

    Thanks, DeAnna.

    1. Sorry you didn't like the visuals, Anita, but I'm glad you got something out of it anyway.

      I found it inspiring and freeing. :D

  2. SPOT ON for me today, DeAnna! Thank you so much for sharing.

    And it reminds me of Malcolm Gladwell's book "Outliers" and his 10,000-Hour-Rule. Anyone who will put 10,000 hours into something will become an expert.
    I'm not there yet. I'm still trying to figure out how to motivate myself when my muse in on hiatus! So thank you for this, because it's encouraging!

  3. I've heard about the 10,000 hour thing, too, Niki.

    It's a good reminder that we need to put in our time (if we're serious) and not rush things.

  4. It's easier to think about being on the far side of those 10,000 hours than to be at hour #1. We all think it's going to be quicker. I disagree with him only in that I think a few people just get there quicker - with any art or talent. There are the very gifted. But then there's the rest of us. And then it's gift PLUS effort.

    Anita, I though the visuals were fascinating, but I wish I'd listened to it first as well.

    thanks DeAnna!

  5. Yeah, it's a daunting task, Deb. Basically five years of 40-hour weeks. But if you're serious . . .


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