Year 2, Month 3, Day 28 of this Writing in Public challenge.
Day 25 of writing the novel The Edwards Mansion: A Thunder Mountain Novel.
It feels like I have been going at this novel for a very long time. Still not sure where the end is, but I am certain it will be shorter when done than the words I have written for this.
Anyway, got a full night’s sleep for the first time in two plus weeks. Rolled out after 1 p.m., which is getting closer to my normal schedule. Yeah!
Did e-mail, then headed to the snail mail, the bank, the deli to get lunch, and to WMG Publishing offices where I worked there for a time on cleaning up stuff. Then I headed downstairs, had some lunch and did a rough draft of the new cover of Smith’s Monthly #14, which will have The Edwards Mansion in it.
I needed to have that done to put in the final layout of Smith’s Monthly #13.
At around 6 p.m. I headed home and did a little more e-mail and then headed for a nap with the white cat. A long nap. Dinner, then news, then watching The Voice. More on that below.
Then back up here a little after 9 p.m. to finish up the week’s online workshop homework. By 10:30 p.m. I headed for my writing computer to work on the novel.
I went almost back to the start of the novel and went through it quickly, getting the thing solidly in my brain and marking some loops that might need to be taken out. That took about 45 minutes, then I did a session of about 900 words and went to watch some television again. (Can’t tell I am resting, can you? (grin))
Back in here around 1 a.m. and did another session of 1,050 words. Then a short break, then another session of 1,150 words. before 3:15 a.m. Then I realized I had screwed up slightly a time travel detail and that took me about thirty minutes to fix before I called it a night.
3,100 new words.
Topic of the Night: Your Story
Tonight, on The Voice, Pharrell picked a kid as a winner that clearly had not won. Stunned everyone and Gwen stole the other guy, who clearly was amazing.
But I turned to Kris before Pharrell picked the kid and said, Pharrell was going to pick the kid. The problem with this round was that the artists pick their own songs, and the kid had picked one that he thought would get him through to the live shows.
(You know, writing to market instead of writing to passion. Always death in writing and clearly in singing as well.)
But it wasn’t the kid’s song, his type of song that he thought would get him through to the next round, and every judge saw that clearly and said how disappointed they were in the song choice.
Pharrell picked the kid as the winner to move on because Pharrell knew that from that point forward, he could teach the kid to get in touch with himself, to do his own work. And the kid could grow and really, really be something special.
(Plus Pharrell knew the other kid would get taken by another judge, since they had just raved about him. So he wasn’t hurting the other kid either. Damn Pharrell is smart.)
And when Pharrell went backstage to talk to the loser/winner kid and his family, they were all standing there stunned and silent because they knew the kid had lost. They knew the kid had tried to pick a song he thought would win, and thus almost guaranteed he would lose if not for Pharrell seeing right through the problem.
Just as editors see right through passionless stories and readers don’t buy them, of if they do, they don’t buy more.
Then after explaining to the kid what was obvious, Pharrell said simply, “Don’t go sing nobody else’s story. Sing yours.”
So if you don’t listen to me or Kris say this same thing over and over and over again, listen to Pharrell who rescued a kid for nothingness because the kid thought it best to sing to market instead of singing to passion. Instead of singing his own story.
Folks, if that doesn’t hammer that lesson home, you may be doomed to write passionless fiction to other people’s ideas for the rest of your short writing life. (And don’t forget to polish those passionless stories as well.)
Pharrell thinks he can help the kid find his true self, his true calling. And I have a hunch if Pharrell does, the kid could win the entire thing. But if the kid can’t find his own story, his own passion, he’ll be gone quickly. Because in the live shows, America can see through the fakes just as easily as any of the judges.
Write to your own passion. Screw the market.
And have fun.
Writing of the novel The Edwards Mansion: A Thunder Mountain Novel.
Day 1…. 1,800 words. Total words to date…. 1,800 words
Day 2…. 3,200 words. Total words to date…. 5,000 words
Day 3…. 1,850 words. Total words to date…. 6,850 words
Day 4…. 1,200 words. Total words to date…. 8,050 words
Day 5…. 1,100 words. Total words to date…. 9,150 words
Day 6…. 1,650 words. Total words to date…. 10,800 words
Day 7…. 2,150 words. Total words to date…. 12,950 words
Day 8…. 1,250 words. Total words to date…. 14,200 words
Day 9…. 1,100 words. Total words to date…. 15,300 words
Day 10… 4,200 words. Total words to date…. 19,500 words
Day 11… 3,250 words. Total words to date…. 22,750 words
Day 12… 3,200 words. Total words to date…. 25,950 words
Day 13… 1,450 words. Total words to date…. 27,400 words
Day 14… 4,600 words. Total words to date…. 32,000 words
Day 15… 4,850 words. Total words to date…. 36,850 words
Day 16… 4,450 words. Total words to date…. 41,300 words
Day 17… 1,450 words. Total words to date…. 42,750 words
Day 18… 1,150 words. Total words to date…. 43,900 words
Day 19… 2,350 words. Total words to date…. 46,250 words
Day 20… 1,050 words. Total words to date…. 47,300 words
Day 21… 1,100 words. Total words to date…. 48,400 words
Day 22….. 900 words. Total words to date….. 49,300 words
Day 23… 1,150 words. Total words to date…. 50,450 words
Day 24… 2,050 words. Total words to date…. 52,500 words
Day 25… 3,100 words. Total words to date…. 55,600 words
Totals For Year 2, Month 3, Day 28
– Daily Fiction: 3,100 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 48,750 words
– Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 00 words
– Blog Posts: 900 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 20,200 words
– E-mail: 37 e-mails. Approx. 900 original words. E-mails month-to date: 667 e-mails. Approx. 20,050 words
– Covers Designed and Finished: 1. Covers finished month-to-date: 2 Covers
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