March 18, 2017 3:07 PM
I recently started posting to Medium—sort of a tryout to see if it was worth the effort—and in joining I started receiving a daily digest of some topics I am interested in.
Two articles on writing showed up a couple days ago—in the same morning:
- How to Become an Insanely Good Writer, According to Stephen King
- Self-Publish The Bestseller Inside Of You: A How-To
I thought they were going to be click-bait, but two points stood out:
“Once I start work on a project, I don’t stop, and I don’t slow down unless I absolutely have to,” says King. “If I don’t write every day, the characters begin to stale off in my mind… I begin to lose my hold on the story’s plot and pace.”
Kamal Ravikant wrote his book, “Love Yourself” a few years ago. He claims I convinced him to write it but I think he forgets the real story.
I DIDN’T want him to write it. I wanted to take his story and make it a blog post. I am totally selfish and willing to screw over even my own friends!
But he said, “Uhh, I think I’m going to make this a book.”
And then he did something that ZERO publishers would say “yes” to.
He wrote and published a 70 page book.
I’ve gone around and around on the storyline and the characters (and villains) on The Mystic. Fiction is HARD. With King’s quote in mind, I’m going to shelve it until it resolves itself so I can go full bore on it.
In the meantime, I like the idea of short, focused, nonfiction books (the second quote). I’ve been kicking around the idea of MinEbooks since 2013. They can be like extended blog posts. Posts I can actually sell and make a buck or two off of.
My next book—which I hope to have published by the end of the month—is tentatively titled, One Second Serenity: A simple technique for instant inner peace.
The end of the month is an aggressive writing schedule, but then, well, see the King quote above.
It's Time To Wake Up
Mystical Oneness and the Nine Aspects of Being is a step-by-step guide to enlightenment and beyond.
It's Time To Be Happy
It's Time Let Go
Imagine I have only seven days left to live.