The New Book?
Yep! I have a few new books that I’m working on, and the non-guitar instructional book, Nothing Ever Got Done With An Excuse (Or a case study in how to plan projects and get things done). is all about several large scale projects that I got done (such as releasing 4 books of 1,200 + pages of writing in 5 months of 2011/2012).
You’re Podcasting this?
Yep! A large component of the book is accountability so there are several advantages to podcasting the bulk of the book.
- It builds an audience for the book.
- It gives me a framework (and deadlines) for editing the material.
- Like I said in the podcast (re: pedagogy for pay and the flamenco dance teaching model) even if the ENTIRE book was put up online, there are people that will still want a book of the material.
Guit-A-Grip podcast episode #12 “Nothing Ever Got Done With An Excuse Introduction And Overview Excerpt” is out and available for download/streaming.
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The (other) Book
The writing book I reference in the podcast is Chris Baty’s, No Plot? No Problem! A low-stress, high-velocity guide to writing a novel in 30 days. There are a bajillion Kindle titles for outputting an ebook quickly, but Chris’ book is the granddaddy of them in my humble opinion.
The Harvard Study:
The study I cited in the podcast was from a source that quoted, What They Don’t Teach You in the Harvard Business School, by Mark McCormack. Funny story, this site contends that the data is largely fabricated and based on a non-existant 1953 Yale study! (It then goes on to cite another study that came to the same conclusion). So take that for what it’s worth because if the original study anecdote WAS fabricated – I can’t even fathom the number of people who must have cited the McCormack reference of it (or a reference to the reference) by now.
“There are only 12 notes and they take forever to learn.”
This is just a reminder. If the new habits you’re trying to acquire are outside your comfort zone, you’ll need to review your game plan often.
The Steps to follow:
WOW! It turns out that I was reading from an earlier draft of the book and missed a few steps! Here’s a case where it pays to check out the website as well as the podcast. ; ) I changed the below from first person to passive to make it more applicable to the reader.
How to manage a project in a few broad strokes
- Have a clear vision of what you want to do (set quantifiable goals).
- Align perception with reality and create priorities (in other words make an honest assessment of what needs to happen to reach those goals)
- Set deadlines and benchmarks.
- Be accountable.
- Do daily focused work on those goals and limit distractions and obstacles in the way of achieving them.
- Make periodic reviews to check your project’s status against the benchmarks and timeline.
- Utilize available resources when possible/necessary.
That’s it for now!
See you soon and thanks again for listening/reading!