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The expression “difficult second album” is a common way of
summing up how hard artists find it to create their 2nd work. They
put all their effort and energy in to their 1st work and then
struggle to convert that in to gold again.
However I have to disagree with the sentiment. It’s actually
far harder to create the first piece of work in something you’ve never done
before. Whether that be music, writing, engineering, SEO, skateboarding or
anything you’ve ever done for your work or personal life. To do something for the
first time is tough.
That’s because it takes your entire life up until that point
to create the first of something. All the lessons you learnt along the way and all
the influences you’ve had they all form together to create that wonderful first
of a project. That’s not to mention all the time it takes to create something
new and the ideas you have to reject to find your way of solving that problem.
So I wanted to start this debate so people can share the
first time they created something or learnt something so that other people can
hopefully learn lessons when they try something for the first time.
I’ll start the ball rolling with a recent first:
finished my first fiction novel, Tethered Twins, (http://www.amazon.com/Tethered-Twins-ebook/dp/B00AWX69S2/)
and the main lessons that I learnt for anyone wanting to do something for the
first time are:
Plan out everything about your project before
Start out with micro project first to learn your
craft (e.g. with writing, make lots of blog posts before you attempt writing a
Scrap bad ideas early so they don’t waste time
Ask people you trust to check your work and tell
you everything that is bad about it
Check everything as you go and allocate as much
time for checking as you did for making the project
These won’t be true for every project but hopefully they can
be helpful for other people in trying new things.
I’ll hand the gauntlet over to you now and ask: What project
did you complete for the first time and what lessons did you learn from it?
I also put this question out to Google+ and had some excellent replies on there which I've included below: