How to Write Online with David Perell
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How to Write Online with David Perell

Feb 10 (Wed), 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM PST

Ultimate distillation of the entire Write of Passage class

  • How to improve ideas
    • Need a better note-taking system πŸ““
    • Consider one's capture habit for both our own ideas and other people's ideas - is it efficient?
      • Inspiring
      • Useful
      • Easily lost
      • Personal
    • Other people's ideas: save everything with Readwise (affiliate link)
    • Own ideas:
      • Write while reading
      • Journaling (Matthew Mcconaughey kept a journal since he was 15!)
      • Use voice transcription e.g. Otter after an experience to quickly capture
    • Questions to ask
      • Stories - what are your go-to stories?
      • Insightful - In what ways do you surprise your peers?
      • Experiences - Write about once-in-a-lifetime moments
      • Memories - What's a memory you don't want to forget?
    • Modern writing isn't created. It's assembled.
      • Distill ideas like making maple syrup from sap 🍁
      • The Content Triangle πŸ”Ί
        • Conversation: tinder for the flame of epiphany πŸ”₯
        • Feedback
        • Share
        • Feedback
        • Create
        • Feedback
        • Distribute
      • Don't forget about voice transcription! πŸ—£οΈ
        • Explain the idea in 2 minutes or less
        • We are better at talking than writingβ€”it has had more years of evolution
        • Originality is overrated
      • Examples πŸ“š
        • Atomic Habits was created through:
          • Write articles for 5 years
          • Email short articles every week
          • Refine and compile into book form
          • Leverage audience along the way to launch the book
        • Sapiens does not contain original research but is successful regardless
        • There's 1010 autobiographies of Winston Churchill!
      • Myths of writing education (invert them!) πŸ§™πŸΌ
        • Solitude - instead, create feedback loops
        • Academic - instead, anyone can do it
        • Scarcity - instead, take notes and use other people's ideas
        • Publish - instead, create microcontent over time
      • Write CLEAR Sentences
        • Create a rhythm πŸ₯
          • Don't just write words. Write music. 🎢
            • Vary sentence length (Gary Provost example)
          • Diversify your vernacular
            • Words people know, but don't say is the sweet spot
              • E.g. cordial instead of nice, but don't use copacetic
          • The Story Roller-Coaster 🎒
            • Setup (gentle ascent)
            • Conflict (rapid descent)
            • Resolution (gentle ascent)
        • Link your sentences
        • Eliminate anything that's confusing
        • Add colorful details
        • Remove unnecessary words
      • Write of Passage: Write first, research second
        • Find
        • Assemble
        • Speak
        • Teach
      • How to grow your audience
        • Cross public vs private bridge πŸŒ‰
          • Grow your audience on public platforms, build relationship on private ones
        • Build a personal monopoly
          • Unusual - skills or knowledge not often found together
          • Complementary - skills that reinforce and amplify each other
          • Experiential - skills gained through experience
          • Specific - niche
    • Recap
      • Build an audience of like-minded people (don't have to be like Oprah level though!)
        • Niche Fame
          • Niche - personal monopoly
          • Trusted - they don't just know you, they respect you
          • Distribution - own your distribution
          • Lucrative - long-term social and financial benefits

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