It has been awhile since I have checked in with you on my latest creative projects.
Metaphor of the moment
Do you remember the last day of high school? There is an air of excitement, and at the same time time, slight dread at leaving your childhood behind and starting “real life” at college.
For some very disturbing reason, Britney Spear’s “I’m Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman” springs to mind. Which I immediately dismiss, since I knew you will all tease me mercilessly about it and send me mocking parody videos.
So forget I said that, OK?
What I am talking about is getting my mind and heart ready to launch into creating my next book.
As I told you before, I am really feeling the content. I know specific ideas to explore, and I already have a number of great examples to profile. My Backbone class experiment was a lot of fun, and I got tremendously useful feedback from the participants. Lots of it will flow into the book.
But I don’t yet have The Big Idea described in snappy, Made to Stick language. I need to write and refine the premise of the book, and do the chapter outlines.
I am excited. And yes, I am a little scared, because Escape has been such a warm and enjoyable ride. It is familiar. It is comfortable. It is known.
So I know, if I follow the advice of my writing hero Steven Pressfield, the only way to get The Big Idea out of my head and into the form of a book, I need to start writing. On a regular basis. Even if it is outright crap at first.
To use the mantra I furiously typed at my software developer friend Mike many late nights while he was finishing his Master’s Thesis and I was finishing my book,
“Writers write. Coders code.”
But since I learned from Derek Sivers that sharing my goals will mean I am less likely to accomplish them, I will not tell you I am finishing my book proposal by mid-October.
Instead, I will tell you that I will be working hard each day on material that will shape a new book that I am very excited to bring into the world.
Your thoughts, ideas, kicks in the rear and sarcastic heckling is much appreciated. I formed a new Backbone Advisory Council for this new book, much like the Escape from Cubicle Nation Advisory Council that was so critical to writing my first book. If you would like to join and don’t mind occasional emails from me sharing ideas and pleading for inspiration, I would love for you to sign up here.
Travel and speaking
I am hitting the road for a bit and would love to see you!
September 30-October 2, I will be in San Francisco for Andrea Lee’s Wealthy Thought Leader event. Let’s arrange a fun meet-up there, shall we? A lot of my buddies will be there, including Charlie Gilkey and Cath Duncan. Drop me a line on Twitter, as I will be sure to let you know when and where we meet up.
October 7-8, I will be speaking in Las Vegas at Conquer & Grow, an event sponsored by Infusionsoft. There will be a lot of great speakers there, including good friends and marketing wizards John Jantsch and Rich Sloan.
October 17, I will be speaking locally in Phoenix at BOLO 2010, a digital media conference for small and medium sized advertising agencies. It will be headlined by ZeFrank, one of my personal heros and creative crushes. Expect me to get tongue-tied when I meet him for the first time.
Create or die
As uncomfortable as this creative entrepreneur business is at times, I would not trade it.
I consider myself very lucky to have survived 14 years in business, making up my path as I go.
I love to create. It keeps me alive.
Thanks for going along for the ride, sharing your perspectives and encouragement. You have no idea how much that means.
Peace, love, and hoping I will soon have a finished book so I can say “Oops – I did it again!,”