Author Barbara Baig discusses the idea of deliberate practice from Anders Ericsson’s book Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise. She says:
When it comes to becoming better writers, most of us make three assumptions:
- Each of us is born with a certain innate potential for achievement: We call it talent. Getting better at what we do is simply a matter of fulfilling that inborn ability.
- To get better at what we do, we just need to keep doing it.
- Improvement depends on how much effort we put in. If we’re not improving, we’re just not trying hard enough.
These assumptions are so common you might not even realize you hold them.
It is true that some people are really good at what they do, they seem to possess an innate greatness, while others are seen to work hard to achieve success, with writing the question is whether you grow as a writer simply by continuing to write, or is there something else needed in order to achieve greatness?