Quoted #5


“Nobody tells this to beginners.  I wish someone had told me.  All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste.  But there is this gap.  For the first couple of years you make stuff, it’s just not that good.  It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not.  But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer.  And your taste is why your work disappoints you. Ira Glass A lot of people never get past this phase; they quit.  Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this.  We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have.

“We all go through this.  And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you got to know that it’s normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work.  It’s only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions.  And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met.  It’s going to take a while. It’s normal to take a while.  You just got to fight your way through.”

Ira Glass

“What’s that?”: On Literary Fiction, Part 2


Picture of old booksAnd now, the conclusion…

So why did I say that thing about Stephen King and everyday writing, when the literature I am most influenced by is not anything like Stephen King and is not about everyday life? (No offense to Stephen or everyday life.) Continue reading ““What’s that?”: On Literary Fiction, Part 2″

“What’s that?”: On Literary Fiction Part 1

Picture of old books







And that’s how a little old lady taught me to understand the message and the genius of literary fiction.

But I’m getting ahead of myself…
One day at work, I told this little old lady at my bar that I was a writer.  Continue reading ““What’s that?”: On Literary Fiction Part 1″

Beyond Me, Myself, and I: Four Ideas for Escaping the First-Person Bubble

Here’s a great blog about using voice in your blog!


Even when writing about yourself, there’s room for other voices in your prose.

Source: Beyond Me, Myself, and I: Four Ideas for Escaping the First-Person Bubble


As I’m still trying to get everything together this week for this blog, I’m cheating and posting my About page info.  Next Wednesday I’ll have a brand-new one.  

My name is David M. Barnish.  I’ve been writing Continue reading “Intros”

Rebel Rebel

It wasn’t supposed to begin like this.

I was supposed to have a hip, well-prepped blog article.  I was supposed to get into something philosophical and artsy, like I tend to do.  I was supposed to explain my purpose here on starting this thing and what it would lead to.  I was supposed to explain the name and the tagline at least.  But then, Continue reading “Rebel Rebel”

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