Little Steps That Lead To Big Things

It’s that time again boys and girls! Yuvi Zalkow has released yet another of his amazing “I’m a Failed Writer” videos and this time around, it could not be more timely. Today, on the latest episode of The Mikes On Mics podcast, we’re talking about balancing the planning of your work vs. the actual doing of your work.

Yuvi’s video covers his process for using little lists to make his big novels. It is a perfect example of the the importance of having a system and seeing how it ties into the actual work. It also makes amazing use of ASCII art, but I’ll let you see that for yourself. As you’ll see (if you’re smart enough to hit play), Yuvi has one secret for everything he does: lists.

No matter what system you choose, no matter what secret you have, his video shows how aligning the right tools and process with your work can be just the thing to help make ideas a reality. As always, readers of this site know that I’m enamored by Yuvi’s videos, but what really caught my attention this time around was how he continually takes small steps and turns them into larger projects, like his upcoming novel. It brought me back to his video on “Writing A Novel When You’re Busy,” a framework that is almost singlehandedly responsible for my ability to delivery words to this site five days a week1(feel free to send angry emails to Yuvi here).

On a related side note, Yuvi is going to be joining us next week to record two upcoming episodes of the Mikes on Mics podcast. We’re going to go through his applications folder for a “How Packed Is Your Mac?” episode to find out what he uses to write his short stories and novels as well as the tools he uses to create these videos. We’re also going to do a separate episode that talks about a subject that is near and dear to both Yuvi and me: creating in the face of crushing self-loathing.

If you have any questions you’d like us to ask, let me know in the comments section and I will do my best to work them into the episode. Or I’ll just drag him over here to answer them.


  1. Although I use Simplenote and nvALT instead of PlainText and Notational Velocity.  

6 Responses to Little Steps That Lead To Big Things

    • I haven’t quite gone so far on list myself, but I love the idea of how all the little steps form one big project. And I think Yuvi just kills it with these videos :)

      • I’ve not gone that far with lists, either, but there was definitely a click when he started talking about a list for catch phrases his characters use or a list for what needs to happen in this chapter. I’m always doing that, if only subconsciously. Strikes me there’s some real power in putting it down in print for review.

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