In a plane, one of my favorite places to be, I filled in the form on the tray table.
If I designed customs forms, I would make them with a crease in the middle so that they could easily fit into a pocket. As is it's a bit of a predicament. I don't want to just hold on to the thing while I get my bag out of the overhead compartment. I might lose it or crumple it.
I don't want to fold it either. That might be a sign that I'm a drug dealer, or at least someone with some contempt for authority. Those bored people in the little glass booths have a lot of power. Deny my extra-long-and-thin piece of paper, and I'm in trouble.
First Name. Tynan. Sex. Male. Flight. Let me check my similarly poorly shaped ticket.
That's a new one.
First it was student, then professional gambler, then pick up artist, and now it's writer.
I wrote it automatically without consideration, and until that moment I hadn't ever considered that I had actually become a writer.
And I do a lot of it. On a good week that's an article for Gadling, a Make Her Chase You newsletter, Two articles for this site, another two for Life Nomadic, and seven little ones for Daily15.
Soon I'll be making the bulk of my income from Conversion Doubler, at which point I'll officially be a programmer, marketer, or maybe even an entrepreneur.
But until then, I'm a writer. I get a kick out of that. I realize, of course, that the gamut of writers range from blog/ebook authors all the way up to the literary greats like the writers for Arrested Development, and that I'm at the bottom rung.
What's funny is that I don't actually like writing very much. I consider it a necessary and not particularly offensive obstacle in the way of me doing things that I really like doing: telling stories, sharing my opinions, and massaging rows of small plastic squares.
For example, when I write ebooks (I've actually made several little ones you probably don't know about), I never design it until the end. I love designing ebooks, so that's my carrot at the end of the stick that gets me through the hundred or so pages of typing.
Once in a while I get the idea that I'll write a real novel. It's something to do, and I want to do everything, so I imagine that I will actually finish one someday (PS - congrats to my friend Tiffany for actually DOING it!).
I started one about an awkward high schooler (hmm... where did THAT inspiration come from), and then another about a kid whose father is killed, which leads him to discover that he was a government agent and then he has to go avenge him or something. I loved the idea of him finding out this huge thing so much that I never got past that point.
Now I'm thinking about some ideas for writing a "how to live an awesome life" book. That's what I need... another project...
I like the process of writing. I finished a novel. Yea, it's about a guy like me hooking up with a hot girl. I know, your dick's more imaginative. But it reads pretty well.
Best way to write a novel: Write. Everyday. Just read your last page and continue where you left off.
Also, I think writing non-fiction is completely different from writing fiction. So your blog-writing-skills might not immediately jump over to your novel-writing-skills.
And you're right: you probably should convey more emotion in your writing ;-)
But: I like your writing even as it is. So having interesting things to tell certainly is a good head start you have over most people.
Tynan, you have to write that 'how to live and awesome life' book. Write a overview and a sample chapter and pitch to an agent. Get a proper book deal.
@Matt: Writers bite, then write.
@Tynan: I'm really excited for your book on being awesome. This is an area that I think is not included on many pickup/personal development websites. (Myself, I'm on a Quest for Awesomeness.
Perhaps the new book will start as a series of blog posts? :D
I always find people's workflows interesting. It's such a personal process, unaffected by outside demands, that I think it sometimes reveals something about its creator. A lot of readers write or program, so I thought that my processes might be interesting.
Most people who write WordPress blogs write them in the built in WYSIWYG editor. That's how I started, too, but since then I've evolved my process to be more efficient, pleasant, and safe-- as in, lacking the danger of losing a post because you accidentally hit the back button.
I'm incredibly pleased to bring you insights from Jeff Goins today. He's one of the most interesting, insightful, and genuine people I've met in a long time. He's able to run a successful business and life by being relentlessly focused on his audience and mastering his craft. He's really living the dream. Below, we've got a hands-on interview with him on how he re-booted his blog that hadn't caught on and built it into a powerhouse. If you like the insights here, you definitely should check out Jeff Goins' Intimate Class On Building Your Audience (and Craft) with the proceeds going to charity.
Going From 50 Blog Readers to 100,000 Through Authenticity, Craftsmanship, and GivingInsights from Jeff Goins, as told to Sebastian Marshall
It really was a scary decision. Anybody who has spent time building something of value online understands the opportunity cost of stopping and starting over. That applies to building anything anywhere.
When I started my blog over, it was a process of me struggling with this for about six months. I thought I wanted to start a new blog, because with my previous blog I didn't think I could accomplish what I wanted to accomplish: write and publish books, and build a personal platform. I didn't feel like I made room for that with the previous blog.