Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Writing 10,000 Times

white flowers

Recently, a friend told me about the 10,000 times principle. I'd heard about the 10,000 hours principle, which I suppose is the same. Anyway, the idea is that you may be, say, a terrific writer. But you haven't put in enough times to make that clear to the world. The idea is also that talent may be a false construct.

I don't know. I kind of disagreed with that. I think there is some basic talent that's necessary. Though of course, it helps to put in your 10,000 times (or hours, depending on your version of the theory).

Anyway, in the end, the whole thing inspired a poem...

Explanation for Our Disagreement

I have no particular talent
for arguing with you;
I've simply done it
nine thousand, nine
hundred and ninety-nine
times. And besides,
it is so fun to make up
with a poem.

This is in celebration of One Shot Wednesday.

White Flowers photo, by L.L. Barkat.

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Blogger Maureen said...

"... it is so fun to make up / with a poem."


10:05 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

very clever.

10:19 PM  
Blogger CM said...

Ha! Cute. I like it!

10:25 PM  
Blogger dustus said...

Seems so fitting that the final word is "poem." Clever poetic explanation.

10:31 PM  
Blogger Kathleen Overby said...

Wow! Why, I had never thought of this. I'll have to go pick a fight with Loverby in order to try it. Ahahhahah.

10:41 PM  
Blogger Brian Miller said...

at least by the end of your arguing you should be a master poet...just one more...smiles. thanks for linking up with one shot that was a fun one...

11:10 PM  
Blogger Glynn said...

The first line is not true. You do have a particular talent for arguing -- this poem proves it.

11:27 PM  
Anonymous Amanda said...

So cute...I loved it and thanks for sharing.

11:47 PM  
Blogger TALON said...

lol! Yes, the same old arguments get boring. I like the poetry make-up idea. I'll try that next time I'm in the 9,999 version of an argument.

12:26 AM  
Blogger moondustwriter said...

I think a poem is a great retort. What about all those who are at 10,001 - still struggling?

Honored to have you here at One Shot this week (roll out the red carpet)

Love from the Moon

1:54 AM  
Blogger Marshy said...

i like this and i like your explanation...the same thing could apply to so many things in life...thanks for sharing with One Shot..cheer Pete

3:54 AM  
Blogger Claudia said...

this is clever - and it fits not only for poetry but for making music - and many other things as well.

6:34 AM  
Blogger Jessie said...

you make a very strong argument--masterfully done!


9:48 AM  
Anonymous Tichona Chinyelu said...

did the internet just become a small world? i read this earlier on opensalon/wordpress. enjoyed reading it again.

12:45 PM  
Blogger Michelle DeRusha said...

Just started Malcolm Gladwell's "Outliers" -- he's big on the 10,000 principle. I thought, "Oh my gosh, does that mean I need to write 10,000 hours before I ever get published?!" Woe is me!

Anyway, I like your poem -- it's making me feel quite a bit more light-hearted about the whole 10,000 thing.

2:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A nice twist on a theme-- well written!


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9:45 PM  
Anonymous Kavita said...

heheh...this was so sweet!! you bet, it is so easy to make up with/undo the mistakes in a poem..
Poems are so forgiving..aren't they?! :)
A lovely light read...
10000 times or not, poems are much less demanding :) no arguments there!

4:01 AM  
Blogger PattiKen said...

Charming poem, superb for making up.

12:45 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

Cute and clever. Thank you for sharing this fun-filled read.

9:18 PM  

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