If you were say a newspaper reporter, the piece might not take long at all because the editor does all the real work. Basically, the reporter presents a crude work and the editor works his or her magic to mold it into a masterpiece.
No disrespect but that is truly ignorant. Especially, "...the editor does all the real work."
That's the dumbest thing I've ever heard. Spoken by someone that never worked in a newspaper office.