The Career Author Podcast: Episode 75 – Paralysis by Analysis

Analysis paralysis

Trying to figure out where to start can be daunting. Tapping into the wisdom of Seth Godin, Steven Pressfield, and Shawn Coyne, J. and Zach try to explain how to overcome analysis paralysis in your author career. You will discover:

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  • An easy way to assess the strength (or weakness) of individual scenes within your novel if you’re intimidated by the complexities of the Story Grid methodology
  • What analysis paralysis is and the guys’ different approaches to decision making
  • Seth Godin’s unique approach to choosing what he’s going to work on next
  • How indecisiveness can harm you and the people around you
  • Strategies for choosing ideas from Steven Pressfield and Shawn Coyne
  • Why the project you’re most afraid of might be the one you most need to work on + the fears Zach and J. encounter in their own careers
  • How to make decisions when you’re feeling overwhelmed by choice in your author career

The Career Author Podcast is a podcast where co-authors J. Thorn and Zach Bohannon share their struggles and successes as full-time authors, advice for improving your writing craft, and honest discussions of what it takes to build a successful career as an author.

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5 thoughts on “The Career Author Podcast: Episode 75 – Paralysis by Analysis

  • Hi guys. Great way today J. I like the idea of writing scenes with little prep because I often pants scenes from a scene aim only, because ideas jump into my head as I write. It makes sense.
    Like you J I am a quick decision maker. Worth noting that no decision is a decision and can be useful if you have time to wait for more data.
    What I think Seth is saying is that the advantage of quick decision making is you can start work. Procrastination never started anything so they will never complete. This relates to one of my writing mantras:
    “There is no such thing as good writing, only good editing but you can’t edit a blank page.”
    So get writing. JFDI
    You can always sideline to work on another project if the going gets tough. Working on a different project can get your thinking in the right place for your first decision. Keep moving forward. Or KFMF to put it in J’s vernacular. (always wanted an excuse to use that word πŸ™‚)
    I like Shawn’s idea that nothing is too precious. Like a lot of older writers I have novels in my bottom drawer (on floppy disks) that will probably never see the light of day but at the time I wrote them they were so important.Interesting that they were written before ebooks were invented. Would I have self-published them had ebooks been invented back in the 1980s and 1990s?
    Great show today. Or GFST. πŸ™‚

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