“I’d just say to aspiring journalists or writers—who I meet a lot of—do it now. Don’t wait for permission to make something that’s interesting or amusing to you. Just do it now. Don’t wait. Find a story idea, start making it, give yourself a deadline, show it to people who’ll give you notes to make it better. Don’t wait till you’re older, or in some better job than you have now. Don’t wait for anything. Don’t wait till some magical story idea drops into your lap. That’s not where ideas come from. Go looking for an idea and it’ll show up. Begin now. Be a fucking soldier about it and be tough.”
– Ira Glass, Lifehacker interview
If you don’t listen or haven’t heard of This American Life, you’re missing one of the great radio broadcasts/podcasts in the world. Ira Glass is the host/curator/reporter of the show and recently gave an interview with Lifehacker to explain how he works. Not that anyone particularly cares how I work, but I’ve thought of answering the questions as well for this blog. Anyway, above is an excerpt and if that interests you – try the podcast and reading the entire interview – you won’t be let down.