10,000 hours

Everyone has heard this right?  Once a person practices in their chosen field for 10,000 they’re supposed to be an expert at it?

Well I added up how much time I’ve spent writing in the last year.  Adds up to about 1500 hours, not including the time I wasted looking for an agent and worrying about if my novel sucked.  If I track the writing I’ve done on other stories, Wings-2000 hours (sizable?  You betcha, I’ve rewritten this one 3 or 4 times from scratch in totally different directions), Tale-70 hours, Timothy Perkins-70 hours, Random Shorts-50 hours, All other files 100 kb or less-500 hours.

In total, that’s 4,190 hours of nothing but the stuff coming outta my brain.  If you include about 300 hours for all the papers I did in the year I went to college, my total is 4,490.

4,490!  I’m almost halfway to obtaining mastery.

Do you believe in the 10,000 hour rule?  Are you close to hitting it?

~ by Rachel Francis on June 2, 2012.

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