Honestly, Writers? Be Willing to Write a Sh*tty Book. An Interview.

So you want to write a best-selling book and sit on Oprah's couch. That mindset is backwards. You must be willing to write a shitty book to write one at all.
January 26, 2013

Honestly, Writers? Be Willing to Write a Sh*tty Book. An Interview.

From being a homeless wanderer to a radio show host and a custom furniture designer, Adam King has spent his life — and many different identities — exploring creativity where self-expression, entertainment, and inspiration meet.

Today he spends his time as an Anthropreneur in Astoria, Washington, where he writes books and helps creatives and entrepreneurs create better things.

But Adam believes that creating good work begins by creating a lot of shitty work.

(In fact, that’s how he describes his own books.)

In this interview, you’ll laugh as you learn Adam’s take on how external environments have a big impact on your own internal creative processes. Plus, the vital importance of separating yourself from your work, as you prepare to “ship” your words and creations out into the world.

The interview free to stream, so tune in to listen below!

Listen: Write Shitty Books

As You Listen…

  1. Have you “turned pro”? What was your turning pro moment, or what’s holding you back from going there?
  2. Take an inventory of your external environment. How does your external environment align with your creative process to create the best work you can?
  3. What are your thoughts about the philosophy that quantity can lead to quality?

Listening Guide:

4:25  –  Adam’s many roles, past and present
18:53  –  Creative stuck and underdog syndrome
23:51  –  Finding your turning pro moment and your environment
26:51  –  External and internal environments clarified
35:32  –  Dealing with uncomfortable external circumstances
38:04  –  The three finger technique
42:01  –  Separating yourself from your work
50:36  –  Risk and putting out a lot of shitty work
1:04:38  –  Hot Tips: Press Books and The Magazine

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About the Author

Dave Ursillo is a professional life and career coach, multi-published author, writing teacher, and future mental health counselor. He has coached over 300 professional helpers since 2012, spoken and taught workshops on 4 continents, and turned more than two dozen writers into first-time authors. His words and work have been featured on Creative Live, Psychology Today, Forbes, INC, The Hindustan Times, and beyond.


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