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Realizing the Book You’re Writing Stinks! But Not Too Late!
As a guest on a recent podcast with the terrific Patrick Greenwood, he asked me what book or books I am writing now. I explained I always work on two books at a time, one on The Power of Optimism. I spoke too soon.
After completing a skeleton outline I wrote the first chapter. It stunk! Not the way that a first draft always stinks, but at a much deeper core fundamental aromatic level. If you’re unfamiliar with my work; I’m funny. Some say sarcastic. After all, my first book was Be Sincere Even When You Don’t Mean It.
I was working on this book, all serious and sincere. It wasn’t me!
There are at least 85,000 Self-Help titles on Amazon, and this was going to be another one on the pile. I was ready to abandon the project. I slept on it.
I woke up in the middle of the night with an idea; not uncommon for me. I shouldn’t write the Self-Help book. Jimmy Sizemore should write the Self-Help book!
For those of you unfamiliar with Jimmy Sizemore, he’s the narrator and protagonist of Be Sincere… It’s a fictional humorous memoir. Jimmy is an astrophysicist, former Super Bowl MVP, Apollo astronaut, who played in the Masters Tournament and completed the Hawaii Ironman. Jimmy is funny, laugh out loud funny. The book has built a bit of a cult following, and people have asked me to do a sequel. Jimmy’s Life Tips were especially popular with readers. What a terrific combination: a Self-Help Book with Life Tips!
I asked the opinion of two people I consider mentors. One is in California, one in France. They love Jimmy Sizemore, they love the idea.
So Jimmy is taking on the world of Self-Help. He has a unique voice, some plain-spoken but outside the box ideas. It’s going to be different. In the first chapter he mentions that there are so many Self-Help titles out there, and the reason he’s writing this one is: The first 85,000 are not working.
On the first page Jimmy points out: a great many Self-Help books have the subtitle: The Last Self-Help Book You’ll Ever Need. Then they write a sequel.
Early self-help writers were fire and brimstone, clean living advocates, who preached against Impure Thoughts. A preview, subject to revision, in the words of Jimmy Sizemore:
Life Tip: I will refute harmful ideas I see in other Self-Help Books. First one: I espouse that it’s okay, even positive, to have impure thoughts. Go right ahead. However, in order to be a productive individual, it is necessary to take a break from the impure thoughts once in a while to do some work. I’ve found that a 90/10 balance of impure thoughts to actual work is a good mix for me. Your results may vary.
The working title: Jimmy Sizemore’s Theory of Reality: Don’t Be Unaware.
It will change your life.