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What Should Be the Next Book? - The Motive Center
January 2nd, 2006
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What Should Be the Next Book?
Hi, folks--

While I don't do a resolution, like I said it is a good time to think ahead. It's been nine months since Motivate Your Writing! came out; I've finished a first draft of my novel experiment, and I'm thinking of the next nonfiction book.

Indeed, I already have an outline for Motivation for Life, which is my working title. I saw it as a general guide for motivation in work, home, etc., leveraging the same basic principles but applying them much more widely. I have an agent now, who helped me tinker with it, but since we worked on it (a while ago now), she suggests I might want to focus down a bit more on motivation in the workplace. My original thought was to start big and general and then spin off specialized books. Unlike MYW!, I am aiming this at the big time, I hope--like Daniel Goleman's Emotional Intelligence books, I want a bigger market.

I'm open to input on this, and while this is hardly an unbiased audience, I am curious as to how people on this group would respond to the question of which first. So I'm experimenting with the Poll Builder function in Xjournal. I'll put it after an LJ Cut.

Here it is:

Poll #644278 Which Book Should Come Next?

New Question

Motivation for Life: broad application to work, parenting, home, etc.
0(0.0%)
Motivation on the Job: motivation applied to work, in terms of selecting a job, motivating and influencing people, etc.
3(60.0%)
Motivate Your Writing2: A workbook, perhaps?
1(20.0%)
All of them!
1(20.0%)
None of them
0(0.0%)
Other
0(0.0%)

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From:rei_c
Date:January 2nd, 2006 04:59 pm (UTC)

Motivated to reply :)

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I know it would probably make more sense to start off more focused, re the agent's solution, but I think I'd like to see something more broad and generalised, that applies to the workplace but also to other areas of life. I know I'm at work ten hours a day, but I don't always want to be reminded of that!

And the workbook idea -- I like that as well. Sort of an interactive motivater.
From:st_darwin
Date:June 17th, 2006 04:48 pm (UTC)
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I'd suggest "work", specifically the angle of keeping yourself motivated in high-stress, creative positions. I think there's a lot of overlap between that situation and writing, more than I had thought before your panel at WorldCon in Boston.
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