“In The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement (Random House, 2011), David Brooks makes a… point. In a section about what separates virtuosos from amateurs, he writes, ‘Top performers spend more hours (many more hours) rigorously honing their craft…. [But] it’s not just the hours, it’s the kind of work done…. Mediocre performers practice in the most pleasant way possible. Great achievers practice in the most deliberate and self-critical way. Often they break their craft down to its smallest constituent parts, and then they work on one tiny piece of the activity over and over again.'”
-from “Writer Envy,” by Maura Kelly, in the March-April 2012 issue of Poets & Writers.