05 January 2009

Ira Glass explains the importance of editing your work and killing a boring story

This is a fantastic commentary by Ira Glass (an award winning radio producer) about the power of editing. He has amazing stories and in my hours and hours in the car I often find myself leaning closer and closer to my ipod in anticipation of what's going to happen next. It really makes me wonder why in the past I pushed some projects so hard when deep down I knew that I should have killed the idea right off the bat. If it doesn't feel right, kill it. This leaves more room for better stories, projects, etc. to emerge and for one to be even more creative and get out of the toxic cycle of being mediocre.


Larry said...

Great video. Far too much stuff that should be killed isn't.

josephine said...

i've listened to this thing so many times. it's always something great to keep in mind for creative types.

jackie connelly photography said...

"not enough is said about the importance of abandoning crap."

that's brilliant.

asofright.blogspot.com said...

Hey, this is so important for any writer or producer. Thank you for verbalizing it as you did!