So this whole viral social media thing of people dumping buckets of ice has seemed to go main stream, hopefully it dies out soon enough. But recently I was tagged in another, similar type of thing that sounded cool. It is called #mywritingprocess, it’s for bloggers, authors, etc and if you’re tagged you’re supposed to respond with an article about your writing projects and why & how you write.
Gideon Walker another entrepreneur dad and writer from here in Vegas was the one who challenged me. So here goes!
Question 1. What are you working on?
I’m new to this writing thing. My background is in hacking on code for websites, software and other shit like that.
I’ve always fancied the idea of writing and teaching about things I care about though. Just never dedicated and took the leap.
Recently I landed on a topic that I decided to throw my weight behind and focus on. Decided to roll up my sleeves and commit to writing, no matter how shitty it was at first.
That topic is our health, specifically related to our posture, alignment and biomechanics. I’ve always been interested in health and nutrition but just by chance I started to come across material on alignment. Didn’t take long before I realized how broken I am and how broken almost everyone in our modern society is.
Why is no one talking more about this? Guess it’s up to me to try to help spread the word.
That’s why I’m writing a book about it. The working title is “A Hacker’s Guide to Biomechanics“. I’m aiming to bring the message to a group of people who really need it, and a group of people who I resonate well with, programmers, designers and hackers in general.
Question 2. How does your work differ from others of its genre?
There are a few others that speak about this topic and are trying to bring the word of proper alignment and how important it is to the masses. A couple in particular that have touched me are Kelly Starrett from MobilityWOD.com and Katy Bowman from KatySays.com.
Kelly is a pro that focuses mostly on helping the fitness community and the CrossFit community more specifically, he talks a lot about how mobility and flexibility help with weight training gains.
Katy talks mostly about alignment and health for all kinds of people but usually has a spin that focuses on women, pregnancy and child labor. She also has an institute that aims to teach her skills to other health pros (a program that I should probably take soon).
My main difference from those and others is that I’m trying to bring this message to a different audience – the hackers that have been glued to a cubicle desk chair for far too long.
Question 3. Why do you write what you do?
Now that I know what I know about this stuff (admittedly, its not a whole lot, still way more that I need to understand about the deeper science) I can’t go anywhere without noticing how broken we all are. Right now I’m working a 3 month contract in an office building – typical cubicle type desk workers. Get any of them to open up about it and you will hear that almost all of them have some sort of back pain or something to show for the time they spend sitting, staring at a computer screen.
There needs to be a big shift and it will take a lot of people to make it happen. Why shouldn’t I be one of them?
Question 4. How does your writing process work?
I’ve been battling with this for the last few weeks, trying to find my groove and the way that I can write the best. I’m married with 2 little girls, I do contract software dev work at an office 3 days a week, so I’m still working on a schedule that lets me stay consistent with writing.
Here’s a bit about my current process.
Whenever I think of a topic or idea for a blog or chapter in my book I add it to a list in Scrivener. Then, when I sit down to write I have a goal of 1000 words and scan through the list of ides to see what strikes me the most and get to writing. I try to just get it all out.
Next Up: #mywritingprocess
Part of the fun with being a part of this challenge is the chance to challenge other writers. I decided to pick a few people who I don’t know all that well but who have all been instrumental in my development professionally because of what they teach. They have large audiences so perhaps if any of them pick it up they’ll keep the ball rolling.
Nathan Barry - Nathan is a designer, a developer, an entrepreneur and a teacher. He writes about how to make a living as a writer and I’ve been absorbing his stuff for a few months now. He can be found at http://NathanBarry.com and his most recent book is called Authority.
Brennan Dunn - Brennan is recovering from a past life of running a successful web development consulting firm. He teaches on the topics of freelancing and becoming a high paid, valuable consultant. He has a series of content, free courses, books, and in depth workshops to do that through. He also has a successful SAAS product called Planscope.io that helps consultants manage their projects.
Noah Kagan - Noah is a badass that does all kinds of awesome things. He may not need much introduction, but just in case: He runs AppSumo.com and recently reorganized it to focus more on teaching people how to build a profitable business with Monthly1k.com and now is building tools to help people grow their audiences using SumoMe.com , a suite of tools and WordPress Plugins to improve email opt ins. He also blogs occasionally at OKDork.com.
You guys, answer the 4 questions above and then tag a few other people.