Ask Me Anything Mondays

Ask Me Anything Mondays

Foolscap Anything

By Steven Pressfield | Published: November 25, 2013

I’m excited to announce we have a new series to add to the blog!

When we were promoting The Authentic Swing we asked for questions you’d like Shawn and I to answer in an hour long podcast. We received an overwhelming number of great questions, over 250 of them, and in that first hour only made it through about a dozen. So Shawn and I got back on Skype and decided to start recording more. This space on Mondays will be for short audio clips—however long it takes for us to answer just one question.

If you’ve already signed up for First Look Access, you received in your email the entire Podcast #2 including this question. You’ll always get the entire recording first before I slowly release it here, one answer at a time, on the site.

Our first question comes from two people, Jim Woods and Roberto Meardi:

How would you apply the foolscap method to nonfiction or a business? Can you give examples please? Thanks so much!

You can also read a PDF transcript of the podcast if you prefer.

As always, I love hearing your comments and followup questions. Post them below and maybe they’ll wind up in our next recording session.

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6 Responses to “Foolscap Anything”

  1. Mary
    November 25, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    Steve, I hope this will dovetail with your planned theme of “Organizing A Year.” You talk about getting the first draft of a novel down as fast as possible because Resistance is right on your heels. Would you talk about your own timeline and process through subsequent drafts and the “big picture” of bringing the novel through its evolution and across the finish line? How does Resistance try to interfere with the editing process?

    • Laura
      November 26, 2013 at 7:39 am

      Great suggestion, Mary.

      Steve – Please bring us more about how you battle Resistance in practical ways, at any stage of the process.

  2. November 26, 2013 at 9:10 am

    Steve, thanks so much for answering my question. Really appreciate it and all you do!

  3. November 26, 2013 at 11:50 pm

    You know, it’s such simple advice but we all tend to overcomplicate things. This is why many authors have “word bloat” in their stories. Going to hash mine down a bit. As always, love and enjoy this!

  4. December 9, 2013 at 8:01 am

    I love the simple: “Beginning hook, middle build and ending payoff” summary of a non-fiction book. I suspect that outline is true of any good book!

  5. Bill
    December 9, 2013 at 11:12 am

    A great example of how to apply the core principles of the Foolscap Method to business is “The Business Model Canvas” by Alex Osterwalder. It gives a format to layout and understand an entire business – new or existing – by breaking it down to its essential parts on a single piece of paper.