Stanford, Wordsworth, David discussed on Minnie Questions with Minnie Driver


What is the quality you like least about yourself? Ah, well, you my whole life that's been true. I just take on too much and I have so many friends that are good at being laser focused and in fact, just this morning I was talking to a colleague of mine who also writes books and she said, yeah, what I do is I start with a table of contents and I write each piece and I know exactly what's going to go in the book and what the framework is and that's not at all how I do it. I'm completely on the other end of whatever the spectrum is that she's on. You know, I just have ideas and I dictate into Evernote all day long and I oh, this is gonna be a paragraph here and I know you're here and then I tie stuff together with time and I probably spend twice as much time putting something together that way and deleting whole scenes and paragraphs and chapters, but that's just the way that I write, but the problem is I'm always this is always been true I write 5 books at once and you know I teach at Stanford and I'm running two companies and I'm about to start my own podcast that podcast is going to be 40 minute monologues where I'm just talking for 40 minutes and so what that means is I'm just going to have a ton of work on my plate. I've got a great idea. I've got a great idea. You recall your podcast and then that becomes your book. So you just record it and then you put it through some programs so that it just dictates it. And then you just edit what you've said already. This is how you're going to save time. I would like to see this book. Yes. I love that idea. You know, the difficulty is with a book. It's like building a cathedral. You know, there's all this stuff, it's such a bigger kind of project. And I wish I could turn 40 minute monologues into a book, but perhaps if you do a hundred, 40 minute monologues. You will have the beginnings of a book. Oh, I have a lot of material. That's for sure. I've written one book, David, which is not really comfortable to anything that you've said. However, it was speaking the thoughts that then made it much nearer. It made the reality of that book much closer so I could actually reach out and get it. It was having verbalized it. So I wonder if it would maybe speed up the process by you hear yourself talking about these ideas and it becomes more coherent and certainly externalized and then becomes something that you can actually you can grab easier and write down. I don't know. No, I totally get that. You reify the ideas by saying them out loud. And then one trick that I do all the time lately is I will then take stuff that I've written and put into a program so that it speaks the text back to me, but with a totally different voice. Let's say a female voice or a British, but maybe your voice, so I'm listening like an audiobook to my own writing and then I think, oh, that part sucked and oh, that logic doesn't quite match up. That's amazing. I would love that. I would use that for difficult conversations with my son. Let me just let me just this. Let me just for us to hear that back. That's really cool. Yeah, as though you're hearing a different parent saying it and anything, that's nuts again. Actually, as I'm a single mother, that really would help I could do it in like a man's voice. Right, perfect. And by the way, many authors in the past have used this method, wordsworth, for example, had a lazy Susan on the table. You know, one of the circular jobs that spins around. And he'd have his different manuscripts on it, and he'd work on whatever manuscript until he was slowing down. And then he'd spin it and pick a different manuscript and work on that. And that's exactly how I work. Whenever I'm slowing down on something I switch projects and as a result, I'm always working at top speed on that project. So I think there actually isn't benefit to it. Touch amazing. So it sounds like that's not necessarily like a bad quality because you've done it always. And you're used to it in terms of taking on a lot of things. I mean, for example, I'm Silicon Valley, and the VCs who invest do not do not like this quality about me. I think they would much rather see me as the type of person who just doesn't wake up, think about this company. 24/7. And I do think about it essentially 24/7, but I'm also doing other things at the same time. You know, it has worked out, but it always feels like one of those things where I'm leaning forward as far forward as I can into the future and moving as fast as I can on all fronts. And as long as it works, that's great. You know, at some point, I'm going to whatever it is, I'm going to break a leg or get diagnosed with something or whatever. And then everything's going to pile up like a giant car accident. What would your life look like if you did slow down? You know, I just don't think it's my personality. I've actually tried, in fact, when I was in college, I had this professor who I really thought was wonderful, and he said, look, eagleman, life is like you are a lumberjack. And you can't go into the forest and take one thwack at each tree. You have to pick your tree and really hit that tree with you. And it sounded so wise, and I really liked this guy. And so I tried to change myself, but that's just not who I am. David, what would be your last meal? I think I would do a protein shake, and it's only because that represents my enthusiasm about the next steps about what's coming next and how I want to make sure my body is fit and so on for the future. So I might as well go out on a high note with my eyes still on the horizon. I think that's how I'd like to go out. You're still feeding your muscles and feeding it protein. Yeah. Yeah, cool. I like that. I like that a lot. What flavor protein shake would it be? I think chocolate. Why not? I knew you were going to say that. I knew you were going to say that, by the

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