Today's thought

Editing is art

Editing is part of the art.

It’s always been so confusing to me when someone in any creative craft: Photography, design, music, video, website building, illustration, etc. — makes a lazy statement like:

“I love taking photos, but hate editing…”

“I love making videos, but hate picking music…”

“I love building sites, but hate selecting fonts…”

The nitty-gritty details that most people will never notice are exactly the areas you should spend more time mastering. Yes, the fundamental skills of implementing the craft are necessary — but that’s not where most people tend to “fall off” in their dedication. It's the inconvenient, annoying, technical areas that keep good artists from becoming great.

You need to view The Process™ of fine-tuning your work as 50% of the creative process. It’s not optional! If the first half of the process is throwing the pottery and making the overall shape, the latter half is trimming rough edges, applying glaze, and putting that piece into the fire to become rigid enough to show to the world. The success of the complete piece relies on all parts being done with care.

Neglecting to spend the proper effort in the polishing portion of your work will cripple your practice like nothing else. Learn to love the details and love the beauty within the technical.

Editing is part of the art.

It’s always been so confusing to me when someone in any creative craft: Photography, design, music, video, website building, illustration, etc. — makes a lazy statement like:

“I love taking photos, but hate editing…”

“I love making videos, but hate picking music…”

“I love building sites, but hate selecting fonts…”

The nitty-gritty details that most people will never notice are exactly the areas you should spend more time mastering. Yes, the fundamental skills of implementing the craft are necessary — but that’s not where most people tend to “fall off” in their dedication. It's the inconvenient, annoying, technical areas that keep good artists from becoming great.

You need to view The Process™ of fine-tuning your work as 50% of the creative process. It’s not optional! If the first half of the process is throwing the pottery and making the overall shape, the latter half is trimming rough edges, applying glaze, and putting that piece into the fire to become rigid enough to show to the world. The success of the complete piece relies on all parts being done with care.

Neglecting to spend the proper effort in the polishing portion of your work will cripple your practice like nothing else. Learn to love the details and love the beauty within the technical.

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