Collectively Tim and Neil have 9 NYT Best Selling Books. I listened to this podcast while walking on the helipad after my shift at night. I had to stop and take notes on my phone because what they were saying struck a strong chord with me. I have used these tips to begin writing 20%-30% more daily. These tips are about time-management, creativity, and productivity.
The Podcast Episode
Make 3 drafts of your work
a. 1st draft is for you. No one else will see it. Be as honest as you possibly can with it.
b. 2nd draft is for your readers. Avoid making the cardinal sin in writing. Boring the reader.
c. 3rd draft is for your critics. Cut off your enemies at the pass. Have you research and arguments be rock solid.
Example: To address feminists accusing The Game as misogynistic, he prefaced each chapter with a quote by preeminent feminist scholars and their interpretation of the issue he was going to address in the chapter.
Every time you are interrupted it takes 45-60 minutes to get back into the groove
Leave your phone in the other room and silent when you are working. Have your writing space be uncluttered. Isolate yourself.
White Shoes principle
When things get challenging, every human instinct pulls you to do something less hard. For instance, to go clean your white shoes. For me when tasks get challenging I make popcorn. I realize now that when things get tough I can reframe it, “I can do that in 10 minutes”. The craving will go away.
When a question hits you, write it down on a sticky note, don’t open up the Browser
When writing avoid doing impromptu research. Instead, make a list while you write of all the things you want to research. Then give yourself 30 minutes to research all those topics.
Read more fiction
People who like Ferris, Strauss and Robert Greene tend to read a lot of Self-Help. I am a busy guy and I want my lessons in bullet points. But for millennia, humans have learned lessons through stories and tales. A good story can teach you empathy.
The Tim Ferriss Podcast, Ep 15: Neil Strauss, Author of The Game