• July 19, 2015 at 12:51 pm #2916
    Farmer Joe
    Participant

    I want to be an urban farmer.

    Part of the motivation is the state of farming across the world and the pressures that farming puts on our ecology, endangered species and our own health because of the corporate nature of farming today.

    Current estimates are that there are 7 Billion of us … and soon by 2050 there will be 9 Billion of us … and current farming techniques cannot hope to keep up with the demand without destroying our world and sustainability as we know it today.

    I want to provide the historical and factual support for a radical change in farming practices, hence the provocative title:

    “The End of Farming: Toward a New Kind of Farming”

    I’m hoping that with Vik’s help I can make the arc of the story entertaining as well as an accurate representation of the facts of the rise of civilization and organized farming as we now it today.

    I would also love to get feedback on the facts and sentiments that I put forward in the book.

    Joe Terry aka Farmer Joe

    July 19, 2015 at 4:08 pm #2919
    Vik Rubenfeld
    Keymaster

    Excellent. There’s your goal: to sustainably feed the world’s people. And the urgency of the goal:

    Current estimates are that there are 7 Billion of us … and soon by 2050 there will be 9 Billion of us … and current farming techniques cannot hope to keep up with the demand without destroying our world and sustainability as we know it today.

    July 19, 2015 at 6:30 pm #2923
    Vik Rubenfeld
    Keymaster

    Here are a few potential options for your non-fiction protagonist:

    • First-person POV. I.e. use of the pronoun “I”.  E.g. “I needed to achieve sustainable farming.” “I had to find out if there was a way to do this.” etc. Tim Ferris, author of “The 4-Hour Body,” “The 4-Hour Workweek”, etc. uses this approach.
    • Omniscient narrator POV. E.g. your post above. “Current estimates are that there are 7 Billion of us … and soon by 2050 there will be 9 Billion of us … and current farming techniques cannot hope to keep up with the demand without destroying our world and sustainability as we know it today.” In this case your reader may implicitly be the protagonist, with you as guide. Inspired by you to seek a way to sustainably feed the world, they could follow you on a quest to find out if this is possible.
    July 21, 2015 at 12:14 pm #2928
    Tracy Diane Miller
    Participant

    Sounds as if you already have constructed an effective framework for your nonfiction account of farming. I don’t have any prior knowledge of the area in which you write so I know I will be interested in seeing your approach.

    July 26, 2015 at 10:20 am #2930
    Farmer Joe
    Participant

    It’s a tough assignment, but urban farming is my passion and I need to break out and gain some notoriety to make my mark in the the way I hope to.

    A book was suggested by one of the marketing guru’s I listen to and the more I get into it … the more I see, the book, as a reflection of every thing I am and how I see the world.

    I now realize that if I make a real effort … the book will have an affect on my urban farming career.

    I am SO GLAD that I found Vik’s Suspense webinar series.

    It’s amazing how his amazingly simple, but organized process is drawing out of me tools and insights and elements of the story that I wanted to be in there, but forgot to think about.

    Now I have a guide … a roadmap … that pokes me and prods me … and helps me find elements I never would have without this class.

    Thanks, Vik !

    July 27, 2015 at 11:04 am #2940
    Vik Rubenfeld
    Keymaster

    You’re very welcome, Joe!

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