In my (upcoming) book I talk a lot about how you can acquire skill in anything that interests you by using the same principles you would in the weight room: Repetition and Resistance.
Most of us because we are cool know that strength is a skill. So what I’ve done is taken this concept and turned it around by trying to get people see that they can acquire any skill so long as treat it in the same way they would working out. This means scheduling a time for your work out and deciding the kinds of exercising you are going to do and for how many reps and with how much weight.
“Weight” when it comes to a skill is just how hard a technique is. Obviously weight means intensity. So you can increase intensity by adding weight or upping the complexity of something. Sweep picking on the guitar is of a higher intensity than alternate picking. That’s how you add weight.
With writing the same thing. Most of what goes into becoming a writer is volume. We’ve got to get a ton of reps in. But we also want to make our assignments harder as we go along. Editing in one way of adding Resistance and so are writing short stories.
Fighting, too, the same thing. We start with the basics like learning to jab and grab somebody by the neck. We rep that out for however long we need. Then we bring in combos and chains and eventually we spar.
The concept is so simple yet almost nobody thinks of acquiring skill this way. I guess that’s what will make my book appealingt. Also that it is only 45 pages.