Are you working hard enough?

This is one point from a long blog post by well-known J. Konrath, a bestselling author, via traditional and ebook markets. I wanted to share this simple point with you today because it illustrates the basic fact. If you’re a writer, you write. Here’s Konrath’s quote:

“Practice Makes Perfect. I’m currently reading a book that was recommended to me by my buddy Henry Perez, called Outliers: The Story of Success. It mentions the 10,000 Hour Rule. In short, no one becomes an expert at something without having invested 10,000 hours in it.

“I found it interesting to apply this to my career. It took me twelve years to become published. While holding down a full-time job, I still managed to write over a million words during that time–roughly 15 to 20 hours a week. Guess what? That’s 10,000 hours.”

So, its a lovely May Saturday morning. Are you ready to write? There’s never been a better time to write, so keep busy and take your work to the next level of success. There’s more waiting to be written, so finish something. It frees you up to start something new.




  1. Dunnie said,

    May 28, 2011 at 8:51 am

    What good advice!
    You’ve got me thinking that I have to get
    back to the practice of “morning pages”.
    Thanks for the nudge,

    • May 28, 2011 at 10:24 am

      You are so right, Mary. We need to stay grounded in our work and in touch with the space where writing happens… usually in the quiet morning hours.


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