Persistence: The Only Technique that Matters

Great post, and I think it probably applies to many things in life. In my case, I go through the same thing with my writing. I’ll write a scene, constantly debating over which exact word or phrase to use as I go along, and then I may go back and revamp the whole thing once I’m finished. What’s more, sometimes I’ll scrap it entirely, and write it over from scratch.

Also, I find that rushing is definitely an issue. I can work well under pressure, so sometimes needing to be done by a certain time can help me. However, if I’m just rushing because I want to get it done and over with, then it won’t turn out well. I have to be patient, and be willing to take the time to really analyze things and figure out what I need to do and how I’m going to do it.

Citizen Sketcher

I don’t usually show my ‘bad’ sketches.  I often draw on loose sheets of paper, and tear up bad ones right on the spot. So there’s no evidence.

These happen to be in a sketchbook, and this was such a classic incident, I figured I’d post it for you.

Here we have what I’d consider to be a pretty average drawing.  Not very structurally sound. It’s stiff. And it doesn’t even show what’s going on.


I ran into this fellow doing a lampworking demonstration at the Corning Museum of Glass. He’s probably there 9-5, five days a week, doing his thing. But I only had 20 minutes before I had to be somewhere.

I’d found him just as he ignited his jet of flame and started to melt glass. I’m a sucker for a jet of flame. I’ll watch anything on fire.

So I dive right in aaaand – – – terrible sketch right?

Despite the interesting subject…

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