I've noticed a lot of lawyers, for example, wanting to become novelists or fiction writers. Can these people, without any prior writing experience, jump in to writing and become this spectacular writer? According to Gladwell, yes, if they spend 10,000 hours practicing it. But what about talent? Gladwell's whole premise is to argue against talent. This idea both intrigues me and truthfully, frightens me.
I thought surviving the wake of your mother’s tragedy was a rite-of-passage. In the same way as getting crabs or hanging out in a psychiatric emergency room.