Thumoslang

Timesaving with Social Clarity

17 The Making of a Book Writing Trainer

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NOTICE OF REPLACEMENT 8/27/2022: The author will replace the entire content of this chapter with alternative content not yet determined.


The challenge began at 5:00 PM on the third Friday of July 2022, minutes before Alec Mustafayev took Bus 60 home. That was precisely when my process began: The Making of a Book Writing Trainer. Neither Alec nor I saw it coming two and a half hours earlier when I took the above photo right before he became aware of my arrival for another long meeting. We didn’t even see it coming seventy minutes earlier while talking from opposite sides of the bike trail, with our masks on, thanks to my first COVID-19 infection.

Write your book with a group!” After shouting his tagline from his side of the trail, Alec asked, “What’s wrong with my tagline for advertising the Team Building Workshop?”

“It raises more questions than answers,” I explained. “As a writer, I wouldn’t want to involve others and give my copyright away.”

“How about this?” I asked. “Your copyright, but no longer alone!

“It’s not easy to understand the word copyright,” said Alec around 3:51 PM.

While waiting for Alec to make another suggestion, I took the following photo.

Write your book with the team you’ve always wanted!” Alec suggested a new tagline.

“I did not include the following idea in that tagline,” explained Alec. “Writers would get help from other members.”

“I got it,” I said. “You’re going to owe me $1,000 if you fall in love with it.”

“Let’s hear it,” requested Alec.

Write your book minus loneliness!” I proposed.

Write your book without the loneliness!” Alec improved my grammar as he always did with many pieces of my writing. “I love it; I owe you a hug.”

“A hug is not worth $1,000,” I said.

“50 cents,” said Alec.

“Huh?” I found myself lost.

“Each hug is 50 cents,” explained Alec. “I owe you 2,000 hugs when you don’t have COVID anymore.”

“Why do you love my idea?” I asked.

“Everyone is lonely, especially if they have writer’s block,” said Alec.

“I have another idea; what if you wrote a thin booklet using the (above) tagline as its title?” I asked. “You can hand it to aspiring writers who attend your workshop.”

Write your book without the loneliness,” wrote Alec in our chat at 4:02 PM. “This is the name of my workshop and the book that I will hand out in my workshop. This is not about Thumoslang. It is about solving problems that most writers have.”

“How many hours do we have in a day?” I changed the subject and asked.

“24,” Alec eventually said.

“How many in a week?” I asked further.

“168,” Alec answered after using his calculator.

“Multiply that by two,” I requested.

“It’s 336,” answered Alec.

“How would you like to make $336?” I asked.

“Of course,” answered Alec. “I would.”

“What do you think of this challenge?” I asked. “Write your nonfiction booklet precisely one week from when we left one another today and make $336 for the week.”

At 4:13 PM, Alec wrote the following in our chat to specify the challenge, “Alec is challenged to complete the class booklet as quickly as possible. If he finishes it in one week, Nick will pay him $336. After the week is over, Nick deducts two dollars for every hour it is still not complete, meaning that Alec will be paid zero dollars if he completes it after two weeks.”

At 4:20 PM, Alec wrote further, “Alec accepts the challenge because he plans to do two other tasks concurrently, and it is not unreasonable to do three tasks of this size in one week. Alec also considered an excellent way to do the booklet task and Fountainhead simultaneously.”

Fountainhead is Chapter 7 of The Dog’s Day, the novel Alec attempted to finish in the last two years. He released Chapter 7 as a foretaste to prospective readers, but he did not even finish the second half of the released chapter.

“Have you heard of Ghostbusters?” I asked after we walked further on the trail towards my home.

“Yes,” answered Alec.

“I believe your career begins today,” I said. “You will make more money from being a Writer’s Block Buster than from selling your novels.”

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