This is a simple principle I’ve learned to be very true. The more stuff you make, the easier it is to make stuff.
I’ll use myself as an example.
When I made my first animated short it took me about 2 years to complete it. Now, of course it could have been done faster, I was a student and was going by the school’s curriculum.
The next short I made took me about 8 months. It was the same length as the first one and, in my opinion, better.
I then wrote a book about the journey of becoming an animator. That book took me 3 months to write and has been a huge source of income for me since it launched.
After the book I created a comprehensive online course teaching Blender (a 3D animation software.) That course took me 45 days from idea to completion.
Do you see the trend there?
Once you’ve proved to yourself that you are capable of makings something, suddenly a lot of the barriers disappear. It feels more possible to make more things. That feeling of inadequacy cripples us badly when we are trying to create. Maybe it’s because we tried in the past and failed, maybe it’s because we think we aren’t good enough. Once you finish that one big project, the next one would be 10 times easier to do.
That is why it’s so important to get that first project over with. Earn that feeling of adequacy and move on to the next one.
It could feel crazy at first
Once you’ve done something like writing a book, you’ll feel like you can do anything. I mean, think about it. How insane is it to write a book? Pretty insane right? That’s what I thought.
When I looked at authors I always imagined years of sitting in front of a typewriter putting your whole being into the book. Then they need to find a publisher, which could feel like trying to make it in Hollywood as an actor.
Well, I guess it could be like that for some, but it certainly doesn’t have to be this way. It wasn’t for me.
I wrote my book over a period of 3 months, putting about an hour a day at my local coffee shop. Slowly but surely plowing through the book.
I didn’t look for a publisher. I published it on my blog, and it sells.
After making that first product you’ll also feel that it’s not that crazy to do something like writing a book, making a movie or writing a symphony. It’s very achievable and nothing it stopping you but yourself.
Do yourself a favor, get that first project out of the way so you can start producing more work faster and better.