Are You A Failed Writer If You Haven’t Spent 10,000 Hours Writing?

Yuvi Zalkow is a self-described “writer, storyteller, novelist, shame-ridden schmo, and maker of online presentations about [his] failures (and occasional successes) as a writer”. This video is one such presentation. In it, Zalkow discusses an idea from Malcolm Gladwell, author of the book “Outliers” (a book that Zalkow admits he has never read), about success. Gladwell says that in order to master your art, you have to spend 10,000 hours practicing it. I’m not sure 10,000 hours is the definitive number, but there is, generally speaking, something to be said for practicing your craft on a daily basis. How many hours have you spent writing? And, does it matter?

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2 Responses to “Are You A Failed Writer If You Haven’t Spent 10,000 Hours Writing?”

  1. Edwin June 27, 2012 at 5:24 am #

    The 10000-hour rule isn’t Gladwell’s, but he does quote a study by Psychologist K. Anders Ericcson on the subject. Further, it doesn’t say you’re a failure if you haven’t logged 10000 hours, but that it takes around 10000 hours of doing something to progress from being an amateur to being an expert.

    This study is relevant in today’s world of instant success and gratification where folks who barely scrape through completing a task like to consider themselves experts in that area.


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