Do you aim to finally write That Book or play or film over the winter holidays or in the New Year? Yes, you’re keen, have notebooks full of ideas – but it just seems like a shapeless mass of words. Everyone finds their own best way of writing, eventually. For someone who has not yet found their way, here’s one simple approach which took a writer from keen but failing to get publishers – towards his first book published. Steven Pressfield. (10 minute video)
Steven: “One of the things I get asked a lot is how did you break through with your first published novel?… at the beginning why was it so bad, so unpublishable – how did it change? What got better?”
People tend to ask him that because, as he says at the start of the movie, he was unpublished for 30 years of writing – but finally got a tip from a mentor, followed it, and wrote his first published novel, “The Legend of Bagger Vance” which sold 250,000 copies and was made into a film.
Steven has condensed the techniques learned and used in writing that first published book into “The Authentic Swing”. Here, he gives the nub of the idea which changed his writing success.
(There’s another video tomorrow.)