I read Malcolm Gladwell’s book Outliers: The Story of Success with the anticipation that I would learn the secret password that takes an ordinary person and makes them extraordinary. Naturally, I was disappointed to learn that excellence in anything requires practice. Like, 10,000 hours of practice.
If you were to practice one thing 40 hours a week for five years, theoretically, you would achieve a degree of success. For those of us with day jobs, writing an additional eight hours a day is a luxury. But you could write two hours a day and you would see a difference. I’ll save you some time: don’t read Gladwell’s book; just start writing. Don’t give up.
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Nonfiction theme of the month:
Sometimes the biggest changes in our lives are sparked by the smallest things. It’s natural to want to share your moment of epiphany, but how do you fit a thousand words into two seconds without becoming pedantic and repetitive? Read Rowan’s post to learn more.
This week’s ultimate question:
This optional prompt, which also serves as the ultimate question for the microstory challenge opening Wednesday, is here to serve as your inspiration for your nonfiction submission. Already have your own story thought up? No problem! The prompt is only there if you need it.
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Submit to the yeah write #254 nonfiction challenge
The yeah write #254 weekly writing challenge is now open for nonfiction: personal essays, creative opinion, mostly true stories based on actual events. You can check out the submission guidelines and join us with your essay using the link below.