Malcolm Gladwell said it takes 10,000 hours to master something. In
his book Outliers, he used the Beatles playing in Germany and
Bill Gates getting on computers in high school as examples.
Let’s say it takes 10 years to get to 10,000 hours. That’s roughly
19.23 hours a week and 2.75 hours a day.
I don’t know how close I am at 10,000 hours in anything I do. I
suppose I could take some guesses.
I’m working on a new piece. I don’t think I’ve put in enough hours in
the writing and rehearsing of what I’ve done previously for my solo
shows. I think I need to put in 80 hours for writing and 60 hours for
rehearsing this one. Usually when I write, I stay gummed up until it’s
a semi-emergency. Then there’s a magical birth over a few days. Then
weeks of figuring out what it is and refining it. And not enough
So far, I have 140 composition pages handwritten for this. I’m hoping
by 200 something will click. I think I’m also terrified of the subject
matter, which always adds that extra spice.