Research advice from Ryan Holiday

Good post on how to find good stories and such for writing. In short, do the work beforehand to collect things. You know like my resources which you just found. The 5 Step Research Method I Used for Time Ferris, Robert Greene, and Tucker Max

You Need a Fan Base

Becoming a perennial seller requires more than just releasing a project into the world. It requires the development of a career. It means building a fan base both before and after a project, and it means thinking differently than most people out there selling something.

On Finding an Influencer

When you find an influencer who likes your product, hold on for dear life. (Send them more stuff than they know what to do with — chances are they have influencer friends!)

Our Product’s Competition

We are fighting not just against our contemporaries for recognition, but against centuries of great art for an audience. Each new work competes for customers with everything that came before it and everything that will come after.

Creative Fantasy

Deep down, we all harbor a fantasy: We do creative work, throw it in the mail — someone else sends us a contract and doesn’t bother us again. No one gets to tell us what do to; our art remains pure and untouched.

What will you sacrifice?

In the course of creating your work, you are going to be forced to ask yourself: What am I willing to sacrifice in order to do it? Will I give up X, Y, Z? A willingness to trade off something — time, comfort, easy money, recognition — lies at the heart of every great work. […]

The Difference Between Great work and an Idea

The difference between a great work and an idea for a great work is all the sweat, time, effort, and agony that go into engaging that idea and turning it into something real. The difference is not trivial. If great work were easy to produce, a lot more people would do it.

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