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My Video Course Is Available Now, Again
The new edition of my video course, Hate Writing Less, is up now. There are 150 units available. All three previous releases have sold out within a few hours, so I’d recommend taking that into consideration!
Buy it here.
It’s a course that basically takes about fifty shots at the question: how can you write more freely and confidently, without wanting to scream or explode? It crystallizes the advice that’s been most helpful to the hundreds of people I’ve been privileged to work with as a coach, editor, and collaborator.
You can preview a bit of the content here.
It is $225 for lifetime access to this and all future editions. This current edition is the best one by far. I filmed the whole thing again, added a couple of new units, and worked some bullshit out of the old ones. So the content is better than ever, and it’s the first release that looks and feels super nice, in my opinion; I used money from previous releases to buy a real camera and microphone and actually put some thought into the visual composition this time. Also, arguably, I moved to Montreal to make it, so that’s some effort.
One more fun thing: by getting in at this time, you get to have input into the next edition. By Christmas, I want to add a couple of supplemental units, and I want to tailor them to the interests of existing students, so if you enjoy being opinionated, you can dictate this future.
If you already have access to the course, the new version is accessible to you right now.
A note on price.
I don’t know how to price these things. The real reason it’s $225 now is that Michael Ashcroft said it was a reasonable number, and also, people told me that $175 was a steal for a worse version, which sold out nearly instantly a few months ago. So, sure.
Generally, I understand that one should price their product according to its value to the customer. That guideline doesn’t really help matters here. I think the value of this course, to any one of you, could be anywhere between zero and astronomical. Since it’s a self-paced course, you could just buy it and never use it. However, if you do benefit from it, your level of creative freedom could increase, which—if my life is any indication—is a development that can echo across your whole life, transforming your work, relationships, and everything else. That’s worth a gigantic amount of money, probably. So $225 seems like a reasonable compromise between ‘nothing’ and ‘gigantic.’
A note on what this course meant to me.
This edition was an unexpectedly emotional thing to make. Part of the emotion was the emotion of me being petulant that it’s hard to make a video course. It’s really hard! I’ve had to learn so many different little dumb things! I reshot so many takes that were almost acceptable! And, given my quarterly production schedule, I basically start shooting just as soon as my camera-talking skills have become moldy from disuse, and I have to de-mold them each time, which takes about a week of recording unusable footage.
But there was also a great deal of pleasant nostalgia. Much of what I say here was developed during the course of my relationships with clients over the past three years. Recording and editing this material was a chance to rifle through all those memories again, all of the beautiful conversations that meant so much to me, with people like Raven, and Amy, and Ben, and all my other guys. Some of my clients told me that my presence in their lives was therapeutic, and I hope they know the reverse was often true as well. Often at the end of a working day, I felt so full and fulfilled that all I could do was silently stare at the plushness of California evening and feel thankful for my position.
Also, it was a chance to revisit all the auxiliary memories swaddling those conversations. Like the one time after a call with Rob when I had to chase some wild dogs off the property. Or how, after a call with Lucy, I found myself in a trailer in wine country where I practiced my handstands and ate a big hunk of cheese for dinner. Watching these videos has been an opportunity to reobserve these remnants of my recent existence, as well as a way of letting go of that time.
I hope you enjoy it if you choose to purchase it. I have to go jump on a train to Toronto now, and I’ll be departing to Berkeley shortly thereafter. Back to regular writing next week.