How to Write a Book – The Secret to a Super Fast First Draft – SPI TV Ep. 1

How to Write a Book – The Secret to a Super Fast First Draft – SPI TV Ep. 1

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24 Comments

  1. luxurycardstore
    Feb 14, 2015

    I agree with Karin Joan. Those cut aways when they have a side view of you
    looking off into the distance instead of into the camera is super annoying.
    Starting at 0:46 0:58 and again at 1:36 etc… I almost clicked away to
    another video because it was so phony and annoying. Your message gets lost
    in the super slick “latest video editing trick du jour” Consider this: do
    respected news anchors on TV report the news from that angle? Not if they
    want any credibility… But otherwise liked the message.

  2. FliteTest
    Feb 14, 2015

    Great job Pat, I’ve been a fan for a long time. Welcome to the world of
    (regular, scheduled release) YouTube. You’re going to do great and looking
    forward to the next episode. -Austin

  3. Savvy Sexy Social
    Feb 14, 2015

    What an amazing and valuable first episode of SPI TV! Great job, Pat! This
    was so helpful for me.

  4. paul tak
    Feb 14, 2015

    curious, what teleprompter are you using? most i’ve seen on here makes the
    eyes off set or make eyes move slightly side to side. your eyes seem to
    look straight on with hardly any side ways or up down movements 

  5. VideoHelp.org
    Feb 14, 2015

    I’m definitely looking forward to your book, Pat! I think it was a good
    call stepping away from the encyclopedia format (as awesome as it sounds).
    Information and techniques (at least in terms of internet-related
    businesses) changes so frequently/rapidly that it would be a shame having
    all of your hard work get thrown off by a new google
    update/platform/whatever.

    Dragon NaturallySpeaking is another good way to transcribe audio on the
    fly, especially since it’s a downloadable program and not a
    price-per-minute service.

    Very useful video! Can’t wait to see the new office!

  6. Thomas Frank
    Feb 14, 2015

    Dude, this is so well done! The intro animation is especially impressive.

    For my first book, I brain-dumped with an outline-style list of topics in
    Evernote, which worked pretty well. I think I might give your post-it note
    method a try for the next one though.

  7. Wild Academy
    Feb 14, 2015

    Please put the lego man in a new spot every time. I will watch every video
    just to find him.

  8. Yannick Ilunga
    Feb 14, 2015

    So excited about SPI tv! Loved this 1st episode, great topic (as I am in
    the process of writing a book myself) and very impressive effects (kudos to
    Caleb!). Looking forward to the next video!

    If some of you guys are self-publishing authors, I’d like to recommend 2
    great resources:

    - Derek Murphy’s blog http://www.creativindie.com/ excellent for
    self-publishing and DIY book marketing tips

    - Author Marketing Club http://authormarketingclub.com/ a free resource for
    those who want to learn more about how to successfully promote their book.

    Hope this helps!

  9. John Barberi
    Feb 14, 2015

    Awesome Pat, thanks for starting SPI TV and getting back on the video
    production train. I enjoy everything you put out there but having multiple
    consumption options is great. Podcasts for the car and walking, video for
    time at the PC and blogs make for great reading on the phone. Ever heard
    of the Snowflake method for writing? I have been using it to work on my
    book and future books.

  10. Zach Hayden
    Feb 15, 2015

    Do you know of any digital apps/software that you could do this post-it not
    thing with?

  11. Alison Faulkner
    Feb 15, 2015

    HAHA it’s just seriously so odd to watch you talk after listening to you
    for so long! So excited for these great tips and for more fun videos! xo

  12. Ralph Grizzle
    Feb 15, 2015

    Pat, Love your work and what you’re doing except for when your eyes move
    off camera and you disconnect with your audience. I know a few others have
    mentioned this, but hey, you’re giving us a lot for free and you’re very
    generous in sharing info and strategies. Thanks so much for all that you
    do. 

  13. Matthew Dunstone
    Feb 15, 2015

    Hi Pat, best wishes for the channel. What you are trying to do is avoid a
    nineteen minute monologue with only a single camera angle (commendable).
    There has been a lot of talk about cut away angles. You are losing people
    because the cut aways lack eye contact. Television is about eye contact.
    You need only turn to another camera and continue your dialogue and your
    problem is solved. During the editing process you can cut between cameras
    to track your eye contact. Consider bringing your cameras almost together.
    You don’t need a big switch between angles to add visual variety. Also,
    resist the temptation to over use the different angles; it will become
    distracting.

    My replay was jumpy. This might have been my connection or it might be
    your end. Or maybe you broke YouTube with your views :) Not sure if
    others are seeing this too.

    When I play your podcasts, I can be doing many other things as well. Not
    so with YouTube. Youtube requires me to sit put in one place and give you
    my undivided attention. That’s a big commitment. If you aren’t absolutely
    riveting, I’m likely to wander. I recommend you aggressively edit your
    videos to keep them short, sweet and punchy. Especially short! For me, 19
    minutes is just too long, particularly if you’ve already made your point
    (for instance, writing out 35 Postit notes, even in fast forward).

    All the best with your new channel. It was a nice surprise and a good
    first effort. Well done.

  14. Success Media Solutions
    Feb 15, 2015

    Hey Pat, long time fan of your work (I’m already personally subscribed, but
    also just subscribed with my business channel. I swear sometimes I think
    you’re psychic, I’m finally ready to start drafting my book and your video
    shows up…LOL. BTW, any tips or help on getting more subscribers? Thanks :) 

  15. chris brown
    Feb 15, 2015

    My favorite part was the flying post it notes, do more of that type of
    stuff in the future! The multiple book encyclopedia sounds ambitious, but
    I think you are up to it! Looking forward to more episodes…

  16. Keelan Walker
    Feb 15, 2015

    BOOM! That one brain exploding, motivational, inspiring and informative
    series of technique right there… LOVE IT!

  17. Gil Michelini
    Feb 15, 2015

    The wisdom of Pat Flynn with the video skills of Caleb Wojcik on how to get
    out ideas out to create content.

  18. MegTV
    Feb 15, 2015

    dude, pat, one of my dreams is to fly fish like a gahdam pro, can you do a
    demonstration of how to fly fish the spi way? for a future episode?

  19. Cynthia Boris
    Feb 15, 2015

    Pat, so glad to have you regularly on YouTube. I love your style; the show
    was relaxed and fun but so informative. I think your spin on book writing
    is unique and could be just what a lot of people need to get started. I’m a
    writer by trade but I’ve been slacking on my own books, so I appreciate the
    kick to get going again.

    I”m a big fan of mind mapping and though I’m not a post-it’s gal, I use
    Scrivener which is kind of like using electronic Post It’s. That software
    has changed how I write books. I have tried transcribing but find it’s
    easier for me to write than talk.

    So, what am I working on? A book about becoming an eBay seller on the cheap
    and another about making a living through fandom. You’re a fan boy, right?
    If so, you’ll appreciate my interviews with people who bake Doctor Who
    cakes and sell Supernatural jewelry for a living.

  20. Nir Benzvi
    Feb 15, 2015

    Hi Pat! Congrats- Video is King! Couple of comments:
    1) Subtitles are hiding some of SPI banners
    2) Some of the video angles are not well positioned. I am a fan of more
    than one angle shot but it’s more relevant for an interview.
    3) Definitely would have considered to fast-track you transcribe 180 words
    a min and feed into Rev app and show the final product on paper or one of
    your chapters. I guess it will entice curiosity and longing to read your
    book.
    Good Luck!

  21. Jeffrey Pennypacker
    Feb 15, 2015

    Pat, great help on book writing. I know how tough it is. I am just about to
    send my first book to the editor. I have used dragon dictate to increase
    wpm but REV sounds WAAAAY better and affordable, especially if you talk
    fast, lol. 

  22. Sean Twomey
    Feb 15, 2015

    Hey Pat – Awesome to see you on video. Love the production value of the
    video, as well as the content. However I do agree with what others have
    said. I’d lose the side angle and the FF effect. I’d prefer watching a
    shorter video that gets to the point quicker. You can always speed up the
    footage, but keep your voice at regular speed talking over it. I used that
    effect in a video I did a few years back (
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xbv5cnWnuM8) and it worked quite well. All
    in all I think your message could have been conveyed better with a shorter
    and more concise edit. Other than that, awesome first episode. Keep up the
    great work, love your content and I look forward to seeing your future
    videos :) 

  23. Adrean Clark
    Feb 15, 2015

    Thank you so much for captioning your video!!

  24. Paul Minors
    Feb 15, 2015

    Great first video Pat. Can’t wait for the next one!

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