10. Love the process
If you’re in it for external rewards, god help you… A Confederacy of Dunces was rejected by publishers… after the author’s suicide, it won the Pulitzer. People don’t know shit. YOU know. So love it while you’re doing it. Success can only be extra.
@KieranCrotty Hallo, here is your unroll: The strategies that have helped me write 10 books in 10 years ⬇︎⬇︎⬇︎ 1. Always be researching The bulk of the work is… Talk to you soon. 🤖
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@RyanHoliday This whole thread was 🔥!!! So much great info. Thanks for sharing.
@RyanHoliday I often think of exactly that about John Kennedy Toole and "Confederacy of Dunces" (my favorite novel).
@RyanHoliday “The Mamba Mentality. The mindset isn’t about seeking a result — it’s more about the process of getting to that result. It’s about the journey and the approach. It’s a way of life.” Kobe had great mental models on the process 💪🐍
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9. Don’t talk about the book (as much as you can help it)
Don’t talk about projects until you’re finished. Save that carrot for the end. Talking and doing fight for the same resources.
8. Have a model in mind
Thucydides had Herodotus. Gibbon had Thucydides. Shelby Foote had Gibbon. Every playwright since Shakespeare has had Shakespeare. Everyone has a master to learn from. (For me it’s been @robertgreene)
7. Strenuous exercise
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve thought of a great line or solved an intractable writing problem while running or swimming.
4. Have something to say
“To have something to say,” Schopenhauer said, “by itself is virtually a sufficient condition for good style.”
5. Make commitments
I turn in a book proposal for my next book before my latest one comes out. When I have a commitment that I know I have to meet, Resistance doesn’t have the time or space to creep in. Meet deadline or death.
6. Work with great people
Success requires greater investment in the creative process. Pay for professional help. There’s that saying: if you think pros are expensive, try hiring an amateur.
3. It’s all material
Turn all your bad experiences, your struggles, your pain, your mistakes into material. The obstacle is the way / antifragile…
1. Always be researching
The bulk of the work is researching—collecting stories, anecdotes, and data to marshal your argument. The writing is stringing those pieces together.
The strategies that have helped me write 10 books in 10 years
I have watched enough of the #TheBachelor this season to know that Matt is primarily interested in maximizing the amount of time he spends making out and minimizing any actual romantic feelings he has towards any of the women. I assume this is what every season is like.
If I ever go on a date again, I need a non-problematic Chris Hansen-type to send my date a card that asks her to verbally agree to coming home with me.
PS: She'll say no because itll be weird that there is a reality dating show host secretly observing our date.