And he found this article. Emailed it to me.
I was in the middle of a keyboarding class (which sounds about as fun as you think), and I read the article on my phone.
It was fantastic. It's nearly everything I believe about creative endeavors. You should really read the whole thing, but my favorite parts that the author in me nodded at are these:
"Great artists (or people of any talent) are made, not born. And increasingly, the science and the studies of great people, are proving it.
If you want to be a technically great photographer, then there is one thing and one thing only that will get you to that point.
Now I think we can easily substitute "photographer" with "writer." So when you see that, just make the substitution--or to whatever else creatively you're pursuing.
"In real life, it turns out that 10 years is considered about the minimum amount of time to do something (with meaningful practice) before attaining a world class standard of technical proficiency."
I have been writing for 4 1/2 years. I'm not even halfway there yet! In fact, I think I might still be figuring out how to "meaningfully practice."
"People like to hold to the idea that they just need to find that one thing they are naturally good at and they will finally find success. The problem is that clearly that simply doesn’t happen. In every case of a technically brilliant person, success comes because of lots and lots of practice.
Michael Jordan was famed for his work ethic in practice.
Bill Gates had thousands of hours of coding experience before he founded Microsoft.
Mozart was driven by his parents to practice vociferously and although he was writing music at age 5, it was largely copies of existing works with his greatest original compositions coming after age 22 (and lots more practice)."
So today's word to achieving genius: Practice.
How's your practicing coming?