Whatever happened to book two?

I hope you're enjoying the summer*. I've loving London in the sunshine - the outdoor cafes, cycling around town, and the occasional cocktail with friends down by the Regent's Canal.

*If you're in the Southern Hemisphere I hope you're having a good winter 🙂

Photo of Towpath cafe - by David Oswald


Writing book 2 - word count

Update on book 2

I've organised my business to give me some space over the summer to finally finish my second book. Remember that thing?

Last year I got a very rough first draft complete but then got waylaid by launching and running the 30 Day Challenge with a couple of hundred people (amongst other things).

Now I'm back writing again and I'm loving it. Whenever I first return to writing there is always a painful reentry period where I have to load the entire book (its purpose, its key messages, its structure etc) back into my brain and decide where it is I am heading.

Now that's done I can enjoy the part that is enormously pleasurable for me - distilling my ideas into their clearest and most concise form and finding the best possible turn of phrase to describe them. When I do that I truly feel, "I am a writer". I'm also starting to get excited about the impact the ideas in the book will have on people that have never come across them before.

The early stages of writing a book are not so enjoyable. It's easy to forget that the first draft of anything will never be as good as your published work or anyone else's published work. So I came up with a phrase for myself - and which will also feature in the book:

Never compare your first draft to anyone's final draft (including your own)
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That polished final version that delights yourself and the reader comes from multiple passes of revision and reworking; improving the structure, adding stories and quotes, and finessing the language. But you can't do any of that until you've written some kind of first, bad, draft. So another phrase came to me this week:

You must be willing to write a bad book in order to write a good one.
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Of course, the same principle applies to starting a business - you must be willing to get started with the best bad idea you have until a better one crops up in the process.

Which reminds me of my favourite line from the film Argo when Ben Affleck's character and others in the CIA proposed an outlandish plan to rescue hostages from Iran by pretending to be filmmakers shooting a science fiction film:

Best bad idea

 

What's next for SWLP

For the last few years I've focussed on how to help people find an idea and take their first steps. Now, the player tribe has evolved. Many people are telling me they've now got started on something and need help on making it more successful. For the people still searching for an idea, I created Find Your Money-Maker, freeing me up to help people with the next stages of getting paid to do what you love.

Later this year I will be running a high-end Mentorship and a Mastermind programme for a very small number of people who have already started something and want my direct input on how to monetise it, market it and multiply the revenue from it.

I'll also be hanging out in Bali for the whole of October so if you're in that part of the world then let me know. I'll be meeting up with Roger Hamilton and dropping in on a very cool startup retreat called Project Getaway (more on that later).

And some time in 2016 I might just reinvent the 30 Day Challenge in a new form.

I'm going to be blogging more regularly now things are a little less hectic so watch out for more soon. Meanwhile, enjoy the sunshine!

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  • Kate Wolf

    Exciting John! Good luck with the book and have an amazing time in Bali!

  • Really looking forward to Book Two. Have a lovely summer.

  • johnsw

    Thanks Cecile! You too

  • johnsw

    Cheers Kate. I will 🙂

  • Good to hear that you're getting stuck into your second book again John. I'm looking forward to that. And your new projects sound very exciting! I'm definitely at that stage of having started something but need to improve it. All the best.

  • Thanks for the update, I'll look forward to seeing it. Not that I'm jealous or anything! Keep checking our website as the hits have doubled! James, Curvesongsinc, http://www.curvesongsinc.com, (There is a link to the M/S on there which may be of interest to you),