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The 10,000 Hour Rule — 6 Comments

  1. This was an awesome article and podcast, Suzanne! I could reread and listen to this over and over. I really need this advice while I am writing and doing voiceover work!

    • Hi, Sharon,

      Glad you enjoyed the article and the interview. I always learn so much from other writers, which is why I love doing these kinds of interviews.

      Thanks for dropping by and for commenting.

      All the best,


  2. Morning Suzanne 🙂

    Would you please expand this? My life is chaotic; I’m usually doing the urgent instead of the important. Currently I have 2-3 books I’m working through, plus some daily things. One being your Morning Nudge.

    It’s Thursday morning, and I haven’t written or studied all week. I have stories in my head, and I always hope I remember them for when I can sit down – but that’s neither here nor there.

    Do I count just the time that I’m reading/studying, or just the time I do dedicated practice, or both? I always have many stories to finish and apply what I’m learning to – and everything seems so scatterbrained. You spoke of no results; my kneejerk reaction is I’m not seeing any either.

    Am I on the right path, though? I don’t feel “solid” about things. Tracking seems to be just one or two more things to do, things that aren’t putting words on paper.

    I’m sorry if this comes across as ranting. It’s really not meant that way. Comes from frustration and a strong wish circumstances and some people were different.

    I will be grateful if you would go a bit further into detail/example.


    • Hi, Theresa,

      If you are asking if reading and studying count towards your 10,000 hours, I think for writers, it is good to do those things. But you really need to write for 10,000 hours because that is what really helps you get better at writing.

      Sounds like you need to get a little more focused as far as your writing goes. Did you create no more than 3 major writing goals for this year? If not, start there. Once you know your goals, then you can create your action plan. Once you have your action plan you can create your writing schedule – and block out specific times to also study and read about writing.

      It’s much easier to do all this when you have a coach. So you might consider joining the Wealthy Writer’s Club at the Elite level and get the one-on-one coaching you need each month. I would also suggest you focus on 1 book at a time instead of trying to write 3 at once.

      Everything is about focus, time management, and specific, consistent action.

      You might find this article about Time blocking helpful if you haven’t read it – https://www.writebythesea.com/time-blocking/

      Best of luck. Thanks for your comment and questions. I’ll try to address this more in The Morning Nudges, too.


  3. Love this, Suzanne! I write about Malcolm Gladwell’s “10,000 Hours Rule” regularly and teach it to my students and clients. The goal is to get to your 10K hours in as short a time as possible, in my opinion.
    Connie Ragen Green

    • Hi, Connie,

      Yeah, I agree that it’s good to get your 10K hours as quickly as possible. But I think it’s also important to enjoy the writing as you’re doing that. When you enjoy it, it goes faster, and before you know it, you’ve really improved your overall writing skills, too.

      Thanks for dropping by and for your comment.

      Happy writing!