Practice makes perfect

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It was Malcolm Gladwell in his book Outliers who popularised the idea of the 10,000 hour rule – the notion, supported by a weight of scientific research, that it takes 10,000 hours of focused practice to become an expert in anything.

Quite often people who aspire to be writers ask me for advice. They will say things like: “I have been thinking of writing a book …” It’s as though they are asking for my permission. And, though it’s clearly not mine to give, I say to them ‘yes, if that’s what you want to do please go ahead, start writing now, without delay.’

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