Minimum Viable Essay Outline
habit, sit down everyday, new essay, publish
nuance, lots of different ways to structure a daily writing habit
minimum viable essay
don't build all the features
don't piss off your engineers
small, compressed, to the point
people can engage with it
as a creator, you have time to reflect
test it - release a fuller thing later
public, discrete v1, then distributing v2 later
writing in a similar way
each week day, a core idea, a shiny topic, limited scope
within an hour, 1:15 - write the MVE
group of friends share
not perfect, something coherent, something you can share
Share end of session, limitation
have to share it
amazing rule to set for yourself
when you know you have to share it
get to the point, full sentences
prevents you from getting lost in hours of outline
micro-trend, ship 30 for 30
not your best work! just v1
don't need to launch it to everyone
people will get sick of it, too frequent
message to friends
write it for a specific person, send to them
Time, Evolution (permission)
give this thing room to evolve
permission to edit things on your website
look back after a week
new information, mind changed
some things never evolve
sometimes 500 > 2500
Habit of Fishing
every morning, produce one new essay
blocking out space for new idaes to emerge
when they want to expand they will
if you focus on long-form, suck in attention
not fihsing, not feeding yourself
over a month, 25 essays, 30,000 words
some unedited, some long form
Lagged Distribution (fish turned whales)
now, approaching, 1 month
lag one month behind creation
work most proud of, actively try to get more eyes on it
minimum viable essay
best of both approaches
daily habit, exploring a lot of different ideas, finished works
lagging a month, permission to evolve, some of those evolve into long-form
Chicken scratch transcript to convert to it's own essay
There's a new writing trend where people publish their essays every morning online. Flurry of essays. But a lot of ways to structure a writing pipeline around a morning habit. A minimum viable essay is a new way to think about.
MVP is a known term. Minimum viable product. When you're builidng software, wyou don't want to piss off your engineering and throw in every feature into an amazing but "theoretircal" and hard to reach product. You want to create the smallest possible thing that you can get out there. Get it out quickly as possible, get people using it, and then reflect on it. We want to approach writing in the same way.
Writing habit is where you start. EVery week day, meet up with some friends on Zoom. The goal, end of the session, share a finished link to the thign I worked on. An amazing limitation. Knowing that after an hour from when you sit down, someone is going to read this. It forces you to write in full sentencers, to get to the point, to be concise. Without that, I found that i can spend literally months toiling around outlines that are melting and reforming. Sharing your work.
Here's the critical nuance. Publish your work, share it, but don't distribute. Message it to people, but it on a forum, but don't blast it to everyone on the internet. What if we lagged it by a month?
Morning routine, over a month, can produce 25 essays, 30,000 words. Important thing is to give yourself permission to edit these thigns, even if they are on your personal website. No reason why they have to be static. Set in stone to the world. Can't back track and change it. Website in profgress things, not yet distributed. With time, change your mind, or extra juice and 1,000s of words. Never destroying essay, this readable whole that is evolving.
By fishing every morning, you built a mosaic of all these things your evolving. Then whatever wants to grow, evolve and change will. Out of the majority of this stuff, maybe 50% stays as a first draft, then maybe other pieces expand into full form work. From first hour, out there to the world.
Final part of this pipeline is distribution. Lagged for a month. Now at the point where I"m about to start sharing. Prioritze the work I'm most interested in.. Don't need to share everything. After multiple weeks, this is a thing I'm proud of. Treat it as a marketing exercise.
Minimum viable essay. Writing everyday, producing a huge range of ideas. But then by lagging the distribution, your allowing those things to evolve into your best work. So it's like fish hunting and whale hunting at the same time.