James Altucher on Writing, Publishing, and Becoming an Idea Machine

main-thumb-288636-200-fhgkbzymvtxxzdwnhcyyahhktlfzazijDo you know about James Altucher, author of Choose Yourself, The Power of No, and other books? Besides writing books, he’s blogging, podcasting, and doing just about everything else with a quirky voice that will immediately turn you off or win you over.

Today I want to highlight a few of James’s insights on writing, publishing, and idea entrepreneurship. Check out the following.

Can You Do One Page a Day?

Gene has been an adult for almost 25,000 days. He writes a page a day. A page is about 300 words. A paragraph or two. Can you do that? 25,000 pages. About 80 books worth of pages. Gene ended up writing 50 published novels, including many bestsellers and award-winners.

The Ultimate Guide for Becoming an Idea Machine

IDEAS ARE THE CURRENCY OF LIFE. Not money. Money gets depleted until you go broke. But good ideas buy you good experiences, buy you better ideas, buy you better experiences, buy you more time, save your life. Financial wealth is a side effect of the “runner’s high” of your idea muscle.

How to Self-Publish a Bestseller: Publishing 3.0

My most recent book, “Choose Yourself!” sold 53,000 copies since its release on June 3 [update December 30 – just hit over 100,000 copies], hit the Wall Street Journal Bestseller list, was No. 1 on Amazon for all non-fiction books for a few days and is still flirting with No. 1 in its various categories. This post is about what I did differently, why I did it differently, and how I think anyone can do this to self-publish a bestseller. I describe all the numbers, who I hired and why, and how I made the various choices I did.

33 Unusual Tips to Being a Better Writer

Write whatever you want. Then take out the first paragraph and last paragraph…. Take a huge bowel movement every day…. Bleed in the first line….

Why “50 Shades of Grey” Is Great Literature

Art can happen in every moment of your life. It’s not about colors or words or message, it’s about your personal authenticity this moment. You can be an artist driving a bus if you do away with conventionality and become the individual without masks, without jealousy, without intrigue, without hate.

How to Write a Book

Make an outline, it will help. An outline will allow you to jump around and work on those areas that interest you at that moment.

And just for fun:

The Ten Layers of Absolute Freedom

The Ultimate Cheat Sheet for Reinventing Yourself