My wife finds it highly attractive when I remember that “Freaky people are the beauty of the earth” was written on our neighbor’s van 4 years ago but forget to move dishes into the dishwasher.
My mind seems to work in small little phrases – movie quotes, commercial jingles, Proverbs, Twitter.
As I’ve thought about this book project, ideas seem to come in these short little phrases. Once they jump into my brain I have to write them down before they run off, so I email them to myself on my iPhone.
I then collect all these emails into a document, which currently has over 5,000 words of notes and short phrases.
I feel like the majority of content for my book is already written, but I now need to dig through a junkyard to collect and put things together in working order.
Searching through all that content might feel like American Pickers – Microsoft Word Edition, but I’m curious to see how this process plays out. Having the chance to think through the content of this book for a couple years should ideally give the project a head start with more refined concepts. It seems this could both speed the writing process as well as make the end product more clear and polished.
If you spot a 30-something guy typing furiously into his phone looking like he’s trying to be witty, deep and intellectual while sitting in a powder blue minivan at Aldi, try to not point and laugh.