He wasn’t always productive. Damon spent many years in Corporate America, dragging himself to ridiculous meetings and enduring the impromptu “drive-by” visits of his coworkers, before striking out on his own. Today, he owns his own content marketing agency and creates action guides that show others how to boost their productivity.
What inspires you to write?
I used to struggle to manage my time effectively. After discovering time management principles that actually work, I built my own system. I’ve modified it over the years to improve its effectiveness.
Today, I create fast-moving action guides, offer a free email newsletter, and maintain a blog (at www.artofproductivity.com) to help others build their own time management systems and boost their productivity along the way!
Tell us about your writing process.
I’m an outliner. For the type of material I write, outlining is a crucial first step in the writing process.
I write conversationally. The easier my action guides are to read, the greater the likelihood readers will take action on my advice.
I currently write in Scrivener. Then import the material to Vellum to make it visually appealing.
What advice would you give other writers?
If you give yourself eight hours to write the first draft of chapter 1, you’ll take eight hours to do it. If you give yourself four hours, you’ll get it done in four hours.
Also, use time chunking. Focus on writing for short periods (for example, 40 minutes) and take a short break (10 minutes). Time chunking is similar to the Pomodoro Technique, but more flexible.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I’ve always loved the idea of self-publishing. Today, with Amazon KDP and other platforms, it’s simple and cost-effective.
I advise all authors to consider self-publishing as an option for getting their material in front of an audience.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think the greatest challenges authors will confront is discoverability and visibility. There’s no shortage of books in every imaginable genre and niche. Authors will need to become savvy marketers to ensure their books receive the attention they deserve.
What do you use?: Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?: time management, self-help, advice & how-to
What formats are your books in?: eBook
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