Our Life in Lists of 30 — Writing Plan
I self-published “My Life in Lists of 30” back in August 2015. Full details in this previous post.
Here’s the book proposal, if you’re interested.
Since then, I’ve accelerated my career, got married, and have a beautiful baby girl. Adulthood happened swiftly, but not without its own adventures and accompanying lists. A sequel had always been planned, but I thought it’d be closer to 10 years later. As an arbitrary self-imposed goal, I’ve decided to make it a summer challenge. How far am I already along? How much work is really left?
Especially for personal goals, it’s incredibly important to have some type of a plan to hold yourself accountable to your own progress. To take this to the next level, I intend to provide full transparency on my writing process and progress to my family, friends, and readers.
If it wasn’t obvious from the title, this is a collaborative effort with my wife. To facilitate our different writing habits, we’ll write and edit the book with common tools:
- Trello — As natural PMs, we love Kanban boards. Here’s the public board for this project: https://trello.com/b/DIDvftXG
- Google Keep — This is more for my personal writing process while typing during my commute. I try to write a full list of 30 within a few hours and let Vinessa edit directly on the note. This has worked out in our general blog writing process for maximum collaboration.
- Google Docs — For maximum transparency, once lists are finished, we’ll be compiling the book through this doc: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1KF8n8ED4ACuo1aK3EYrQDoqMtfTn1fymYojaSMY5A3g/edit?usp=sharing
Making this an experimental open writing process means we can also take feedback on any requests for adding lists. Please let us know if there are topics you’d like us to cover.
The Current Table of Contents (We’ll definitely need to reorder this):
INTRODUCTION — WHY MORE LISTS?
1 ADOLESCENT CAREER
- 30 Questions for Professionals
- 30 Conference Goer Tips
- 30 Work Culture Activities
- 30 Milestone Questions
- 30 Organizing Meetup Tips
- 30 Things in the First 30 Days
- 30 Steps to Prepare a Speech
- 30 Internship Tasks
- 30 Work Travel Advice
- 30 Business Jargon Words
- 30 Blockchain Buzzwords
- 30 Things Learned from Clemens (Thank you, Harrison!)
- 30 R3 Corda Wordplay
- 30 Reasons R3 Will Succeed
- 30 Blockchain Use Cases
- 30 Blockchain Problems to Overcome
3 MARRIED LIFE
- 30 Little Things
- 30 Microresolutions
- 30 Go-To Karaoke Songs
- 30 Drinking Tips for 30-Year-Olds
- 30 TEDx Blogpost Ideas
- 30 Podcasts
- 30 Day Drawing Journal
- 30 Kung Fu Cliches
- 30 Post-Wedding Cheat Day Meals
- 30 Wedding Body Tips
- 30 Wedding Planning
- 30 Unique Wedding Ideas
- 30 Honeymoon Locations
- 30 Things About Being an Adult
- 30 More Memorable Moments
- 30 Things To Do Before You Have A Kid
4 PARENTING LIFE
- 30 Tips for Nesting
- 30 Baby Blogposts
- 30 Things to Pack in a Hospital Bag
- Paternity Leave
- Solicited Baby Advice
- A message to Our Daughter
- 30 Things I Love About Evie
- The Giver
- 30 Conversation Topics with Babies
- 30 Signs of Parenting Addiction
- Leaving a Legacy
- 30 Dad Jokes
- 30 Things to Teach my Future Kid (Revisited)
- (More lists to add here — maybe split Pregnancy phase from Parenting)
5 MORE DAYDREAMING
- 30 Scary Things
- 30 Questions of the Day
- 30 Travel Packing Essentials
- 30 Fyre Festival Memories
- 30 Amazon Echo Easter Eggs
- 30 Sleep Hygiene Practices
- 30 Questions to Ask Our Future Selves
- 30 More Happy Memories
- 30 More Random Observation/Comments
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
- 30 Things About Us
So how realistic will this be for completion by end of summer? With 3 to 4 hours a day, I think it is very possible.
The first book (203 pages) had 72 lists of 30, most of which came from the 30 lists of 30 day challenge and the rest taking around 3 years to write. So far this one has 34 written from the past 3 years and a lot of other non-list text from blogposts that will be added. We’ll be aiming for hopefully around 60 total lists.
At a list a day with some cross collaboration with Vinessa, it’ll be close, but only time will tell. Feel free to follow us along our journey!
~See Lemons and Vnessa with an Eye for Writing