Unlike playful engagement with peers, deliberate practice is not inherently enjoyable. It … does not involve a mere execution or repetition of already attained skills but repeated attempts to reach beyond one’s current level which is associated with frequent failures. From David Shenk’s “The Genius in All of Us: New Insights into Genetics, Talent and IQ,” quoted in Delancey Place’s daily email. It describes exactly what it’s like to write for a living. Or what it’s like for me to write for a living.