After putting together the slide deck for my Town Hall talk this coming Wednesday (which I’ll post here later today), I decided to use it as the outline for the first chapter of the book.

Increasingly wary of my propensity to get digitally distracted (and thereby overwhelmed by the task at hand), I kept my computer at arm’s length.  I would occasionally click on the keyboard to advance the slides, but for the most part, I was seated on a couch, hunched over a hardcover notebook, scribbling furiously with a fountain pen, hoping not to stop, or to dissuade myself from the task because of a need to check a reference or verify an idea. I’m not sure if I’ve written anything of great value yet, but it was a wonderfully refreshing process, that may have produced ideas that I didn’t know I had.  This is a wonderfully creative technique that author Garr Reynolds also advocates in his must-own Presentation Zen in “Planning Analog”:

You need to see the big picture and identify your core messages…this can be difficult unless you create a stillness of mind for yourself…there’s just something about paper and pen and sketching out rough ideas in the ‘analog world’ in the early stages that seems to lead to more clarity and better, more creative results when we finally get down to representing our ideas digitally.

Next step: type up what I’ve written, try out some of the ideas with the Town Hall attendees, and further refine the draft.  Then send it, along with a prospectus to the publisher.  As I may have indicated in a recent Facebook status update — I think I’d rather make another documentary!  It’s easier.