I started reading Malcom Gladwell’s OUTLIERS this week, and I thought it would be interesting to look at the number of hours we've spent writing. Gladwell talks about how it takes around 10,000 for a person to achieve mastery, in any field. It made me curious to see where I fell on that spectrum.
One of the things that Gladwell also talks about is that any person’s success isn’t only about passion or talent or hard work. More nebulous things like opportunity and access also come into play. Looking over my numbers I see a couple of glaring advantages I’ve had. One, the luxury of having a supportive spouse with excellent health care benefits which allowed me the time to accumulate some of those hours. Also, a job that allowed me to write on the job, and thus practice my craft AND get paid for it as well.
Hours Spent Writing
1996 200 (went back to school for a year)
1997 750 (got a PT job, but one for which writing was a part of what I did)
2003 1500 (quit to write full time)
2006 1500 (reached my first 10,000 hour mark this year! W00t!!)
2010 1500 (Year end total = 17,350 hours!)
So how about you? How far along are you on your first 10,000 hours of writing?