— Neil Strauss
(Neil Strauss is a New York Times Bestseller and the author of Everyone Loves You When You're Dead, and he’s speaking with Tim Ferriss on CreativeLive.com right now!)
- Write based on the premise that NOBODY CARES; then make them care.
- The first draft is for you. The second is for the reader. The third is for the hater.
- If you can take a scene out and it doesn’t change the whole story, it has to go—no matter how good it is.
- Tim (and Neil too) puts Monday as the minutia day—catching up on email and junk things. But he’ll only mess with that stuff on that one day per week.
- Neil even automates his food delivery so he doesn’t have to choose what to eat each day. It helps remove decisions so he can focus on what’s important.
- Neil reads his book out loud to his friends, but he doesn’t even ask for feedback. He can tell when he’s losing them from their facial expressions.
- If you can sell 10K copies, a publisher will pick you up. No matter what. Also, if you can get on the A-list in Asia, you’ve made it too.
- Tim outlines. Neil doesn’t.
- Use “TK” in your document when you want to come back to something (it’s a simple “term” to search, and that combination isn’t found in the English language).
- Tim: If the topic isn’t fun to research, it won’t be fun to read. So you better love it.