This past Friday I visited with my SIL (waving to Linda) at my favorite writing spot, Caribou Coffee.
During the course of our conversation, she mentioned that she preferred to make cake over pie. Pie was too hard for what you got, and cake was quick and easy.
For me, I've had Linda's pie and cake, and they're both good.
But again, this got me thinking about the writer's life. If you're looking for the quick and easy route, writing isn't it.
Awhile back, my friend Georgiana calculated how much writing time she'd logged since pursuing a writing career. You can read that post HERE. The basic idea, from Malcolm Gladwell's Outliers, is that 10,000 hours is about how long it takes to achieve mastery in any area, based on a study of people at the top of their fields.
I calculated the time I'd logged up to then and figured I was somewhere near 8550 hours. And I've got a long way to go, so much more to learn, so much more to write, so many more things to try, to perfect, to polish.
So, are you in it for the long haul? Are you willing to roll out the crust, prepare the filling, lace up the lattice top, and crimp the edges?