The Taste Gap – The Message That Every Creative Beginner Needs to Hear

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Have you been really excited to start a new creative venture? Starting a new craft is always exciting, but in the beginning we often find that our ideas are beyond our ability. The process of making the things you create closer to the ideas that you have is an experience that will be familiar to any creative, but no one ever tells the beginners.

This is until Ira Glass coined “The Taste Gap” in what became a very famous interview of the brains behind this American life.



There are so many things that are key to improvement in any creative area. Passion for the craft. Deliberate practice. Or a willingness to experiment and make mistakes. However, an aspect that is often omitted is simple experience.

A lot of what takes someone from being good at what they do to great at what they do is simply experience. Their having done enough work, seen and solved enough problems, so as to make the nuts and bolts of their craft a reflex. 

This is the point where it’s possible to create things that match, or even surpass, your ideas. Because once the technical is second nature you are left to ponder on only the creative. 

Sadly, there is no shortcut in this aspect of the creative journey. Experience takes, well experiences – and that hinges on you going out there and doing things regularly.

The most important possible thing you can do is do a lot of work.

So keep making things, keep working. It’s only a matter of time.

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