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The Process Is the Thing · 22 February 2013

Maybe quantity does equal quality as my son thought a couple weeks ago.


I was talking with a friend of mine about my daily blogging. I mentioned how the writing quality is sometimes suspect, but I still do it six days a week. He mentioned a study about artists learning to make pottery.


Apparently, there are two schools of thought in teaching art. One says that an artist should focus all his time and energy on making a few great pieces. The other says that an artist should make lots of pieces to focus on the process.


I obviously subscribe to the latter school of thought. Whether those pieces are pottery or prose, the artist gets better by doing more. As I put out more pieces, I become a better writer. At least in theory. And as it turns out, the pottery students got better too. With both schools of thought. However, the ones who do more pieces, got better quicker.


When it comes right down to it, the process is the thing. The more proficient we become at the process, the better we become at producing the final product. Whether the final product is art or not. That is why I enjoy writing and posting six days a week. Even though the quality might not be there all the time, the process is what is important.


When it comes down to it, maybe my son was right. At least when it comes to process, maybe quantity does equal quality.

© 2013 Michael T. Miyoshi

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