Today I want to talk to you about the Power of Three in a slightly different light.
Because, as you know, I always talk about the Power of Three, and it’s such a simple concept, it’s really not much to it to understand. It’s just about the implementation, just about doing it.
And I want to show you something very interesting.
I want to show you how the Power of Three can be used to write a whole book.
Now this is a pretty thick book in three volumes.
You may have heard of it – the title is “The Anatomy of Melancholy” by Robert Burton.
Now if you look at the frontispiece, it’s somewhere in here, let’s take a look.
There’s a picture of a madman here. Why? Because the book is about melancholy. It‘s about depression, possibly about anxiety as well, about mental disease essentially, but more specifically about melancholy.
But see what is says:
“The Anatomy of Melancholy: What is it is with all the kinds, causes, symptoms, prognostics and several cures of it”.
So you already know exactly what the book is about. It reads like a thesis for a college paper.
There are three partitions, and the author is using the Power of Three.
And this is the way I teach you how to put together your essay argument. The entire book is in effect an argument about what melancholy is, the causes and so on.
So how do you write about melancholy? Into which parts would you divide it?
Well, he tells you here right away, “Well, I’m dividing this into these parts:”
- several cures
And what is the result?
Let me pull out partition one because these are the three partitions here. Okay?
You can definitely write a book using the Power of Three. In fact, you can write pretty much a book in three volumes with this technique.
This is just the first volume – part one of the Power of Three.
Let’s take a look at the synopsis of the first partition, page 138.
This is the synopsis, essentially the outline of this entire volume.
Take a look, these are all the sections and subsections. See how he divided it into parts. It’s pretty amazing.
He shows you in advance exactly what he’s going to be writing in every single section and subsection. Not necessarily in every paragraph – he didn’t need to.
But he needed to know exactly what to do when outlining this book. Now this is just the outline, or the synopsis, of partition one (meaning volume one). And we’re talking about 500 pages.
You see, this is my point. All I’m saying is, use the Power of Three. Use my methods, you can write a book if you wanted to!
But if you need to write just a three-page, ten-page, twenty- page paper, my methods are certainly going to work for you and help you write as much as you want or as much as you need.
This is not an empty claim. I’m showing you – look, this is exactly the methodology the man used to write three volumes using the Power of Three!
You can certainly write a ten-page paper.