I secretly started writing the book this summer. I thought it would come together on its own so I didn’t bother with an outline or plan. Big mistake. After about ten pages, I gave up what turned out to be a fruitless exercise in freewriting, printed out what I wrote, and burned it with my childhood baseball card collection.
Four months later I decided to try again, but in a smarter way. I spent about six weeks working on a detailed outline which was completed last month. I’ve narrowed it down to these chapters:
- Introduction – typical “how I got here” spiel
- Internal game – I replace your beta beliefs with alpha ones and erase your bullshit cultural programming
- Early game – approach, early closes
- Mid game – phone game, dating
- Late game – sex, maintenance
- Specific game – dealing with special situations
- End game – transcendence
My goal is to keep the organization as simple as possible.
This shit is hard. The more I write the more I remember to add more topics. So really each time I write I’m getting farther from the end. It’s impossible to make a dent. To get one hour of solid writing done I need to block out about three hours of time because of my short attention span problems. I’m never going to be able to finish. THIS IS SUCKING THE LIFE BLOOD OUT OF ME.
Hopefully I will be finished with an edited draft by Spring. I’ve moved to the boonies (Gaithersburg) where I’m far from human contact and I have given up pretty much everything — including showers — to make time for writing. It’s ironic that to finish this book I need to give up a life that was needed to write it in the first place.
I don’t care if this book sells well or not. I feel a new chapter on my life coming up so I need to close this one out with something written. I want something more to show for the last five years other than a huge collection of porn.Tweet Follow @rooshv
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don’t worry about the book selling. popular is not necessarily quality, and quality is not always popular.
as for the book, I know it will be good.
What an exciting time for you! Good luck.
you live out in G’burg? jeezzz..i lived out there. too far! then again, now in Rockville.
anyway, sounds like hellava book!
I have a dear friend and lover who worked on his book for ten years and then realized in horror that he no longer even BELIEVED in what he believed in ten years prior. He threw the entire manuscript in the fire and started over . . . on a work of fiction this time. Ten years later and he’s still working on it.
Sometimes you just need to play the wrap-it-up song.
Advice from a (published) writer: Take your delusional early twentysomething rantings (from when you knew NADA about real flesh-and-blood women), label them as such and turn it into a chapter. A really, really funny one, like “stupid shit I did to get laid.” Tell horror stories about your worst dates; people just eat that up.
Then, get real. BTW a true sign of wisdom is the ability to breakitdown concisely. Meaning, the end product should actually be really, really SHORT!
A way to psych yourself: Imagine you’re working on a magazine article instead of a book. Just feeeeeeel the pressure evaporate. AHHHHH.
Also, unless you self-publish, some snot-nosed editor working his first real job out of college is going to destroy all your finely tuned prose anyway, so don’t even bother stressing about the right word, phrase, or punctuation. Stick with stream-of-consciousness and then clean it up later. The finished product will be unrecognizable from your final draft so just chill.
I think you’re downplaying the importance of a huge collection of porn.
If it doesn’t sale or worse yet get picked up at all you always release it online as a serial to build a fan base. But what do I know I’ve never written a book.
Wait a minute, you “feel a new chapter on my life coming up so I need to close this one out with something written”??? Care to explain a bit?
My suggestion is to write in the style of Robert Greene, using a large number of real-life examples to illustrate your points.
Great! Talk to any publishers yet?
Hurry up and finish this thing so I can finally get laid.
Read “On Writing” by Stephen King, if you haven’t already. Great book about the writing process.
Best of luck and inspiration to you, Roosh.
i look forward to reading it. sometimes your posts about game are quite useful!
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