One Week Until November Online Workshops

Only one week to sign up for online workshops in November. All workshops are limited to 12 writers including the new workshop, Making a Living with your Fiction Writing.

Each workshop is six weeks long and takes about 3-4 hours per week to do. I have bolded the newer workshops that have started this year.

More information and how to sign up for a workshop is under the green button or under Coast Workshops tab above.

December workshops schedule under the tab. January, February, and March workshops will be posted soon.

All workshops have openings at the moment.

Class #31… Nov 3rd … Depth in Writing
Class #32… Nov 3rd … Making a Living
Class #33… Nov 3rd … Character Voice/Setting
Class #34… Nov 4th … Designing Book Covers
Class #35… Nov 4th … Designing Book Interiors
Class #36… Nov 4th … How to Write Science Fiction
Class #37… Nov 5th … Promotion for Writers
Class #38… Nov 5th … Ideas
Class #39… Nov 5th … Plot Your Novel
Class #40… Nov 5th … Productivity

NEW WORKSHOP STARTING IN NOVEMBER!

Class #32… Making a Living with Your Fiction

You always dreamed about making a living with your fiction. Now learn how to do it without having a bestseller and how to keep the income coming in for years and years.

Kris and I put this business workshop together. We both made a living for over two decades in traditional publishing, now we are making even more money as indie writers. We know both sides. And in six weeks, we’ll help you get there as well. Only 12 spots available.

ALL WORKSHOPS START ON MONDAY, TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY.

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Writing in Public: Year 2, Month 3, Day 24

Year 2, Month 3, Day 24 of this Writing in Public challenge.

Day twenty-threef of writing the novel The Edwards Mansion: A Thunder Mountain Novel.

Rolled out before 11 a.m. and made it up to WMG Publishing by noon. 35 professional writers there for the Advanced Master Class and it was great fun.

(I wrote those same words yesterday and the day before and the day before and the day before… ahh, the consistency of a workshop here. (grin))

I stayed until 2 p.m., then headed to lunch with a bunch of the writers, then back for the late afternoon session, then home for a quick nap, dinner, and news.

Then back up for the evening session, then sitting around talking until a little after 11 p.m. before heading home to watch some television to relax.

And all that was the same as well from yesterday, except for going to a different restaurant for lunch.

Got in here around 1:30 a.m. and did e-mail for a half hour.

I woke up this morning thinking about the ending of the book, which tells me this thing needs to get finished, so I sat down and advanced the book for another hour another 1,150 words. Still a ways from the end. Ahh, well.

I’ll have some great topics to discuss next week and everything. This has been an amazing week here. Just flat amazing.

Topic of the Night: Knowing when to rest and get a good night’s sleep.

Night.

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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

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Totals For Year 2, Month 3, Day 24

– Daily Fiction: 1,150 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 43,600 words  

– Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 00 words

– Blog Posts: 450 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 17,600 words

– E-mail: 12 e-mails. Approx. 200 original words. E-mails month-to date: 556 e-mails. Approx. 16,800 words

– Covers Designed and Finished: 0. Covers finished month-to-date: 0 Covers

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Writing in Public: Year 2, Month 3, Day 23

Year 2, Month 3, Day 23 of this Writing in Public challenge.

Day 22 of writing the novel The Edwards Mansion: A Thunder Mountain Novel.

Rolled out before 11 a.m. and made it up to WMG Publishing by noon. 35 professional writers there for the Advanced Master Class and it was great fun.

(I wrote those same words yesterday and the day before and the day before… ahh, the consistency of a workshop here. (grin))

I stayed until 2 p.m., then headed to lunch, then back for the late afternoon session, then home for a quick nap, dinner, and news.

Then back up for the evening session, then sitting around talking until a little after 11 p.m. before heading home to watch some television to relax.

And all that was the same as well from yesterday, except for going to a different restaurant for lunch.

Got in here around 1 a.m. and did e-mail for a half hour, then moved over to my writing chair.

I managed a normal session of 900 words in under one hour, took a break, tried to do another one, but darned if my fingers could find the keys, so I came back over here to write this quick post around 2:30 a.m..

Topic of the Night: Nothing tonight. Brain and fingers gone.

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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

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Totals For Year 2, Month 3, Day 23

– Daily Fiction: 900 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 42,450 words  

– Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 00 words

– Blog Posts: 400 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 17,150 words

– E-mail: 15 e-mails. Approx. 300 original words. E-mails month-to date: 544 e-mails. Approx. 16,600 words

– Covers Designed and Finished: 0. Covers finished month-to-date: 0 Covers

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Writing in Public: Year 2, Month 3, Day 22

Year 2, Month 3, Day 22 of this Writing in Public challenge.

Day 21 of writing the novel The Edwards Mansion: A Thunder Mountain Novel.

Rolled out before 11 a.m. and made it up to WMG Publishing by noon. 35 professional writers there for the Advanced Master Class and it was great fun.

(I wrote those same words yesterday and the day before… ahh, the consistency of a workshop here. (grin))

I stayed until 2 p.m., then headed to lunch, then back for the late afternoon session, then home for a quick nap, dinner, and news.

Then back up for the evening session, then sitting around talking until a little after 11 p.m. before heading home to watch some television to relax. I fell asleep in front of the television, then managed to stumble up here around 1 a.m. I did a little e-mail to wake up some, then went to the writing computer.

Kris had suggested I just skip the night and go to bed, which I considered doing. But once I got in here, I felt better.

So I managed a normal session of 1,100 words in under one hour, then came back over here to write this quick post.

Topic of the Night: Just sitting down and doing it.

I was tired, but decided it had been two days with no new words, so I just went and sat down at my writing computer. When the novel came up on my screen, I backed up about 400 words or so, ran at where I had left off, getting it back in my head, which was easy.

The key was just me moving to my writing computer, sitting down, looking at what I had done before, and typing. I could have easily just said, “Who cares, another day or two of no new words.”

But instead I just sat down.

90% of the problems writers have is finding all sorts of great reasons to not sit down. I had a great reason tonight, a great excuse, and if I wasn’t so in touch with that ugly critical voice that always wants to stop me, I never would have sat down.

What really, really made me sit down was the sign on my door. The sign has been tacked there for a very, very long time. I noticed it for some reason coming into my office tonight.

It says simply, “… there are two kinds of people in this world, those who wish and those who will, and the world and its goods will always belong to those who will.”

(That is one of the many …there are two kinds of people in the world… quotes. But I have never found out who said it, but I leave it in quotes.)

So tonight, even though exhausted, I got some words done. I sat down. It really is that simple.

And that hard.

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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

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Totals For Year 2, Month 3, Day 22

– Daily Fiction: 1,100 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 41,550 words  

– Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 00 words

– Blog Posts: 650 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 16,750 words

– E-mail: 12 e-mails. Approx. 300 original words. E-mails month-to date: 529 e-mails. Approx. 16,300 words

– Covers Designed and Finished: 0. Covers finished month-to-date: 0 Covers

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Writing in Public: Year 2, Month 3, Day 21

Year 2, Month 3, Day 21 of this Writing in Public challenge.

Day off of writing the novel The Edwards Mansion: A Thunder Mountain Novel.

Rolled out before 11 a.m. and made it up to WMG Publishing by noon. 35 professional writers there for the Advanced Master Class and it was great fun.

(I wrote those same words yesterday.)

I stayed until 2 p.m., then headed to my store, then home for a long nap with the white cat. Then dinner, news, and a little e-mail. Then back up to WMG Publishing around 6:30 p.m. and stayed there until 10 p.m.

Then home to relax and watch the Voice. There were some great comments again tonight I’ll talk about later in the week when I have more of a brain. I used all my brain from doing the last of the online workshop homework.

Got done with all that around 2:00 a.m., far too late with having to get up early. So I didn’t write any on the novel once again to night or do a topic of the night or do anymore than this quick blog here.

Back to normal tomorrow. Really, really fun group of professional writers, though, so worth it.

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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

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Totals For Year 2, Month 3, Day 21

– Daily Fiction: 00 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 40,450 words  

– Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 00 words

– Blog Posts: 350 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 16,100 words

– E-mail: 29 e-mails. Approx. 1,200 original words. E-mails month-to date: 517 e-mails. Approx. 16,000 words

– Covers Designed and Finished: 0. Covers finished month-to-date: 0 Covers

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Writing in Public: Year 2, Month 3, Day 20

Year 2, Month 3, Day 20 of this Writing in Public challenge.

Day off of writing the novel The Edwards Mansion: A Thunder Mountain Novel.

Rolled out before 11 a.m. and made it up to WMG Publishing by noon. 35 professional writers there for the Advanced Master Class and it was great fun.

I stayed until 5:30 p.m., then headed home for a quick nap with the white cat, dinner, news, and a little e-mail. Then back up to WMG Publishing around 7 p.m. and stayed there until 10 p.m.

Then home to relax and watch the Voice. There were some great comments I’ll talk about later in the week when I have more of a brain. I used all my brain from doing the last of the online workshop homework and being on the phone with my internet provider for an hour.

Got done with all that around 2:45 a.m., far too late with having to get up in seven hours. So I didn’t write any on the novel or do a topic of the night or do anymore than this quick blog here.

Night. Back to normal tomorrow or Wednesday.

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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

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Totals For Year 2, Month 3, Day 19

– Daily Fiction: 00 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 40,450 words  

– Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 00 words

– Blog Posts: 350 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 16,100 words

– E-mail: 26 e-mails. Approx. 1,100 original words. E-mails month-to date: 488 e-mails. Approx. 14,800 words

– Covers Designed and Finished: 0. Covers finished month-to-date: 0 Covers

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Writing in Public: Year 2, Month 3, Day 19

Year 2, Month 3, Day 19 of this Writing in Public challenge.

Day twenty of writing the novel The Edwards Mansion: A Thunder Mountain Novel.

Really fun day today. Made it up to WMG Publishing by noon for the workshop, then at 3 p.m. almost 40 professional writers crowded into a restaurant for lunch. Loud, but great fun discussions. A couple of the professional writers came over from the valley to join the fun as well.

Then I went home, did a little e-mail, took a nap with the white cat, then dinner and some football, then back to WMG publishing by 6:30 p.m. All done and home by 10 p.m. I went to watch some television for an hour, then went to work on the online workshop homework.

I got that done by 1 a.m. and since I really want to get this novel finished, I headed for my writing computer. I only managed 1,050 words before deciding I needed a good night’s sleep more than I needed more words.

But at least I got some words done. Again success.

Topic of the Night: A blast from the past on a research trip.

The image below is of me, in a fishing vest with a fishing pole standing on the log jam that blocks where Lake Roosevelt in the Frank Church Primitive Area goes over the mudslide that submerged the town of Roosevelt in the early 1900s. The logs all look like Tinker Toys, since they are part of buildings that broke apart and jammed into that area.

The water is about fifty feet deep under me, crystal clear, and there are twisted, jammed logs all the way to the bottom. Huge trout were swimming among the logs. Landslide that blocked the stream and caused the lake can be seen a little on the left of the picture.

Over ten thousand people lived in the town before it went under. A forgotten part of Idaho history. It had dozens of pianos in the bars and it’s own newspaper for years and so on. But there was no road in here, ever. Just trails. Yes, they packed pianos in over trails.

And this place is a very, very, very long ways from anywhere. The closest tiny town is about forty miles away over a major summit and it only has a bar and small general store in it.  Jerry Oltion took this picture. He and I were fishing the lake and the stream leading into it.

As well as doing research. My book series Thunder Mountain is set in Roosevelt and Idaho and Boise and on the Monumental Summit coming into this incredible place.

Roosevelt Lake

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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

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Totals For Year 2, Month 3, Day 19

– Daily Fiction: 1,050 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 40,450 words  

– Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 00 words

– Blog Posts: 500 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 15,750 words

– E-mail: 31 e-mails. Approx. 1,400 original words. E-mails month-to date: 462 e-mails. Approx. 13,700 words

– Covers Designed and Finished: 0. Covers finished month-to-date: 0 Covers

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Writing in Public: Year 2, Month 3, Day 18

Year 2, Month 3, Day 18 of this Writing in Public challenge.

Day nineteen of writing the novel The Edwards Mansion: A Thunder Mountain Novel.

Amazed that I got any words done tonight. Very happy I did. Kris said I would be when I was in my chair in the living room moaning about not writing. (grin)

I do that to her as well. Ahh, the fun of two writers living together.

Anyhow, rolled out around 1 p.m. and did e-mail, got to the snail mail, then to the office around 3 p.m.  I worked there on final preparations for the workshop coming in, then priced some very expensive non-sports art cards to take out to the store.

Went to the store around 4 p.m. and talked there for a time, then talked with the landlord of the entire mall for a time, then got home around 5:15 p.m.

I took a very short nap with the white cat, dinner, a little of the Duck’s game, and then headed to WMG Publishing offices around 6:30.

35 professional writers were all there from all over the world and country and Canada, tired but ready for a week of fun. I think our farthest traveler this time was from Italy.

And I got to give the new ones a tour of the crazy place. Walking through that seven thousand square feet of stuff is something.

I am so looking forward to the learning this week. Great fun.

Got home around 10 p.m., watched a little television, then whined about not writing, then finally crawled in here and went to work. I did 1,200 words starting at 1 a.m. and going until 1:40, took a really short break, and did another 1,150 words before calling it a night at 2:30 a.m. (I need to be up early for me tomorrow.)

Total 2,350 words of forward progress. Success.

So no Topic of the Night tonight because I need my beauty sleep. But the one last night was so long, that should make up for it. (grin)

Oh, yeah, why haven’t you got these writing books yet?

All Covers Large

storybundle.com

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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

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Totals For Year 2, Month 3, Day 18

– Daily Fiction: 2,350 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 39,400 words  

– Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 00 words

– Blog Posts: 500 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 15,250 words

– E-mail: 12 e-mails. Approx. 300 original words. E-mails month-to date: 431 e-mails. Approx. 12,300 words

– Covers Designed and Finished: 0. Covers finished month-to-date: 0 Covers

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Writing in Public: Year 2, Month 3, Day 17

Year 2, Month 3, Day 17 of this Writing in Public challenge.

Day eighteen of writing the novel The Edwards Mansion: A Thunder Mountain Novel.

Again, not much tonight, but still going. Chug, chug, chug…

Rolled out of bed around 1 p.m. and got into running around mode.

To the snail mail, to WMG Publishing, to banks, then out to Pop Culture Collectables, then back to meet Kris for a meeting at WMG. Last details on the coming coast workshop starting Saturday evening here. It’s going to be great fun.

Worked on the last physical stuff for the coming workshop, since we are holding it in the WMG offices. That’s right, the building is big enough to hold 35 people without a problem, all with their own tables. And we have room to spare.

Some day when I get a new phone I’ll post some pictures of the place. And of the new store.

I kept working on workshop details until around 6 and also got to have some great conversations with two of the local professional writers as well who had stopped by.

Then I went home, did some e-mail, and talked with family for a while, then headed for a short nap with the white cat, dinner, news, and dishes.

Then a little more e-mail and back up to WMG offices by 8:30 to keep working on the workshop stuff and get a bunch of stuff ready to take out to Pop Culture. Kris came up to the offices to walk around 11 p.m. and she headed home at midnight while I went out to Pop Culture to drop off all the stuff.

Then home for television. I then read a new short story by Kris (It’s great) and headed for my office around 2 a.m.

I finished up the e-mail finally, then managed to go get one session done before exhaustion overtook me and sent me back here to this computer to get this done. 1,150 words.  Chug.

Topic of the Night: Lying About Your Writing Habits to the Reading Public

In a number of places I have said that how fast or slow you write a book means nothing to the quality of the work. And there is no reason to fight in public against the myths that are deep in this culture about needing to write slow. All that does is make people around you angry.

So I tell younger writers to keep their work habits to themselves and when asked directly, basically lie if they are forced to.

Well tonight, I got a really nice note from a young writer who had picked up my book in the great book bundle that is happening. If you haven’t seen that bundle, go get it NOW. All twelve books for $15.00. Can’t beat this for eduction, folks.

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The young writer in the note objected to me telling writers to lie about how fast they write, and their writing process. She thought everyone should be fighting the myths because lying to other writers doesn’t help them.

Well, since I put my entire day and all my writing right out here for everyone to see, it does seem odd that I tell other writers to not do this, doesn’t it?

And I also fight myths in this industry with my two books on the topic (You can read both for free under the Killing the Sacred Cows of Publishing tab above, but you can’t get the other 11 books for free, so buy the bundle.) And I will be starting a new third Sacred Cows book (Even More Sacred Cows) before the end of the month. Cover is done.

I’ll be kicking all ten Sacred Cows here first, so the book won’t be out until February or March.

So why do I tell writers to lie out in public and never blog like I do here on their web sites?

Simple. The answer is Readers.

Readers were taught the exact same myths that writers were taught.

Readers want to feel like you have slaved over a novel they are going to pay $5 or $12.99 or $26.99 for. They were taught by English teachers and society that writing is hard, it’s a mystery, and writing must take millions of drafts to get such a wonderful story so perfect.

So when you tell the truth as I do here, you hurt your own readership. Your own sales. You need to give the illusion to readers that novels take a very long time. That gives readers confidence in the work and in putting down their money for the work.

Yeah, yeah, I know, at the same time a reader will finish a new novel and write the author asking where the new one is at because they want it now.

So maybe lying is the wrong term for me to use. Avoid might be a better term.

Just don’t put your writing process out there. And if asked directly, say something that is mostly truthful. “Not sure how long this took, but I know I worked on the idea and craft of it for a very long time.”

True. Most good storytellers have taken a decade or more to get to a craft level. And ideas and plotting are learned as well. So even though the typing of a novel only took three weeks, the time invested in the novel is very long.

Not lying, but avoiding flying into the face of the myth for readers.

It gives your work value to readers if you play along with their belief systems. They are not writers, you are. They don’t need to know the process.

Think of buying a wonderful cake at a bakery. Did you really need to stand in the back for all the hours it took to mix and bake and frost to enjoy the cake? Of course not. And if the baker starts going into the process for you the customer, your eyes will roll into your head with boredom.

Readers with a writer’s process are the same way. Give them value. Don’t bore them with how you mixed the batter and fluffed the eggs, or whatever you do to eggs. (Sounded rude.)

I write this blog for myself and to help writers who want to be helped. Same reason I do the workshops, so I can keep learning and help some others along the way, I hope.

I have way past 100 novels published, both traditionally and indie. I have over 17 million of my books in print. I’ve been on just about every bestseller list in the world. I’ve been nominated for more awards than I can remember, and I have made my living writing and in publishing for over thirty plus years.

And in this new world of lack of respect for us older folks in this business, I am free to say pretty much what I want if I think it will help younger writers. If after that many books, readers don’t trust my ability, not my issue. So I can do this and fight the myths.

But if you are a new writer, keep your mouth shut. You will lose friends and make readers angry at you.

So my advice to you as you learn to pick up speed and produce more books. Keep your writing process to yourself.

One very, very simple piece of advice.

The writing process in producing the work has nothing to do with the quality of the work.

You take that in, that one sentence will help you through so many problems in writing.

So in your early years of writing, don’t insult your readers by asking them to buy a book you wrote too fast for their tastes. Nothing to do with the quality, just reader perception. Remember, they learned the same myths about writing we all did. Keep quite, avoid the topic in public.

And if you can’t avoid it, lie. You are a fiction writer, after all.

I am a three draft writer. (I write the book, I turn on my spellchecker and spellcheck my book, then I fix mistakes my first reader finds if I agree with her on the mistakes.)

Three drafts. Not lying, but avoiding talking about the truth. Not my problem that a reader has a different definition of a draft. (grin)

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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

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Totals For Year 2, Month 3, Day 17

– Daily Fiction: 1,150 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 37,050 words  

– Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 00 words

– Blog Posts: 1,300 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 14,750 words

– E-mail: 14 e-mails. Approx. 400 original words. E-mails month-to date: 419 e-mails. Approx. 12,000 words

– Covers Designed and Finished: 0. Covers finished month-to-date: 0 Covers

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Writing in Public: Year 2, Month 3, Day 16

Year 2, Month 3, Day 16 of this Writing in Public challenge.

Day seventeen of writing the novel The Edwards Mansion: A Thunder Mountain Novel.

Not much tonight, but still going. A ways to go on this book.

Rolled out around 1 p.m. and got to my e-mail a little before 2 p.m.  About 2:15 Kris and I headed out to the snail mail and then the WMG offices. Then we headed off to lunch for the first session on putting the final touches on the coming Advanced Master Class that starts Saturday here at the coast.

By 4 p.m. we were back at WMG Publishing working on the workshop, and then headed home around 5:30 p.m. for a short stop, then off to Newport for dinner and more work on the workshop.

We got it all done by around 8 p.m., went for a walk to do some shopping, then headed home. Got here around 10 p.m. and I was exhausted, so I went to take a short nap with the white cat. Then watched some television.

Tried to do some e-mail, but still exhausted, so took another nap in my chair in the living room, then went to watch some more television. In other words, a resting day.

By 1:30 a.m. I was back in this office and tired. I dinged around for a short time before going to the novel. I worked over what I had come up with yesterday to make sure I was headed in the right spot, then wrote about 800 new words by 3 a.m. A short break, then another 650 words before I just tossed in the towel.

I am stunned as tired as I felt today that I got anything done, let alone all the work on the workshop and 1,450 words. Success.

Topic of the Night: Bad Writing Days and Attitude

So many writers have a bad day or two of writing and think the world has ended. Especially when the writer had some deadline or artificial goal.

In the not too distant past, I must admit, I was no exception to this. And the upshot is always more pressure on the writing and more bad days and the loss of fun with writing.

Nothing good ever comes from standing with your back to the future and complaining about yesterday and how it hurt you.

Somewhere along the way I learned to mostly just shrug at bad days. That does not mean I hate bad days when they are happening, complain and whine about them as they are happening. But for some reason when I get to the end of the day, I don’t carry the bad day of writing to the next day anymore.

Not really sure when exactly that changed, or how I managed to change it.

But I have a couple ideas if you suffer from this problem of letting a bad day or two hurt more days and kill the fun of writing.

Suggestion #1… Never look back. Even though I write a lot about time travel, I just can’t go back and change anything that happened the day before. I am always looking forward, to the point it is sometimes annoying to friends and Kris because sometimes I look too far out ahead.

Suggestion #2… Treat every day as a stand-alone day. Yeah, I know, I’m writing a novel that is all linked, but each day is just one day. It’s not part of a week or anything else. It’s just another day. If it doesn’t work, quote “Gone with the Wind” movie and move on to tomorrow.

Suggestion #3… When you have made your writing so important that not getting something done can ruin days, you might want to think about easing up on your writing some and putting it back into the fun department. Yeah, I get annoyed when I can’t have some fun on a day, but it sure doesn’t ruin the next day and the next and the next.

In other words, face forward with your writing.

What happened yesterday you can’t change. You can only change how much you get done today. And if it’s not enough, shrug and go to tomorrow and try it again.

I wanted to get more done today, more words. I didn’t.

We’ll see what happens tomorrow. But tomorrow I sure won’t care what happened today.

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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

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Totals For Year 2, Month 3, Day 16

– Daily Fiction: 1,450 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 35,900 words  

– Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 00 words

– Blog Posts: 800 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 13,450 words

– E-mail: 12 e-mails. Approx. 300 original words. E-mails month-to date: 405 e-mails. Approx. 11,600 words

– Covers Designed and Finished: 0. Covers finished month-to-date: 0 Covers

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Writing in Pubic: Year 2, Month 3, Day 15

Year 2, Month 3, Day 15 of this Writing in Public challenge.

Day sixteen of writing the novel The Edwards Mansion: A Thunder Mountain Novel.

Had hoped to have a huge day today on the novel, but turned out to be a good day instead. Still great, because as I was just powering along, I suddenly realized where this book was going. Finally!

And what stopped me cold for a short time is that this book is more complex than Avalanche Creek, the most complex time travel novel I have written. I wrote that a few months back and it is out now in Smith’s Monthly #12. Well The Edwards Mansion is going to end up more complex. Sigh.

So had to stop and detail out some of the time travel stuff to make sure I wouldn’t be writing down a wrong road too far. As my characters say at times, time travel gives me a headache. Especially really twisty time travel, which all the Thunder Mountain books tend to be. At least the last two or three of them.

So even with the sudden realization, I had a decent day. And there is no doubt now in my mind, now that I have this figured out, that I have some side roads along the way back there. Ahh, well, I’ll see if they remain side roads when the book is done. And from the feeling of this, now that I have an idea where it is headed, I still have twenty thousand words to write. Four good days, or six or seven moderate days.

Today I rolled out around 2 p.m., which used to be my old time, but hasn’t been for a few weeks and won’t be for the coming week either. Made it off to the snail mail by 3:30 p.m., then off to an office supply store, then to the deli at a grocery store for lunch, then to WMG Publishing offices where I had meetings until after 5 p.m.

I did a little work there, gave up, and headed home by 6:30 p.m. to take a nap with the white cat, dinner, and news. By 9 p.m. I was back in this office at home doing e-mail and by 10 p.m. I had moved over to the writing chair. Way, way early for me.

I got 1,250 words done, then went to watch television a little after 11 p.m. with Kris. Then back up here around 12:30 a.m. and I got another 1,100 word session done before 1:45 a.m.

Then between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m. I wrote another 1,050 words, which was when I had the realization and had to stop and work out the time travel twists quickly.

I got back to actually writing on the novel at 3:45 a.m. and wrote another 1,050 words before calling it a night and moving to write this.  So 4,450 words for the night. A decent night by any standards.

And I figured out where I am heading with the thing. Yeah!

Topic of the Night: Being Perfect

Kris has a great book out called In The Pursuit of Perfection and How it Harms Writers.

Well, on The Voice yesterday there was a great moment where this topic came up. Alicia and Pharrell had finished listening to a pair sing and they were applauding and very happy with the result. So this one artist said (clearly not able to stand two major superstars being happy with his performance), “I felt like my voice was all over the place.”

Both Alicia and Pharrell said instantly, “Good!” Which clearly shocked the poor guy.

Pharrell said, “You feel that way because you are taking chances.”

Alicia said, “All of us are afraid of not being perfect. That’s why we connect to listeners.”

In other words, two great superstars were trying to tell a younger artist to let it go, take chances, do the best he could, just as he had done in that rehearsal.

Then to another artist a little later on, Pharrell said, “Voice is what gets you here. What keeps you hear is telling your story.”

In other words, being original, being true to yourself. He said it in two different ways to two different artists.

A writer never can see their own voice in their own work. A new writer thinks that the dull parts in a story are bad, that a story must be worked and worked and worked until perfect.

But the dull parts to a writer are their own voice, because a writer can’t hear their own voice. None of us can. So to make a story our story, we have to leave in what seems like it should be taken out at times.

We have to go against our huge desire to have a perfect story and just let the story remain our story.

By rewriting and taking out the dull parts, by trying to chase the illusion of perfection, the writer takes out their own voice, their own story, and turns the story into nothing more than a polished rock that looks like every other polished rock.

So just as that one artist on the voice said in his desire to sound like everyone else, “I felt like my voice was all over the place.” And Pharrell and Alicia said, “Good!”

They could hear the real artist when he let go like that. He let himself come out. He let it be his own story. And it scared him because his own voice wasn’t perfect in his mind.

And that’s what writers need to do as well.

But the myths in writing are strong. The myths and the teachings force you to make your story conform to everyone else’s story. Which I find interesting in and of itself.

Here we have artists, writers, who by their very nature, are rebelling and working at something new and original and different from working some local job somewhere. Yet these same writers who are rebelling are searching and working to make their own original work dull and sound like everyone else’s work. That puzzles me.

But the desire to be perfect is strong and deadly in all of us.

It is deadly to your art if you let that desire control you.

Risk is scary.

Perfection is safe. And dull. Perfection won’t sell a story for you because your story will sound like everyone else’s story, instead of you taking a chance and telling your own story, in your own way, in your own voice.

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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

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Totals For Year 2, Month 3, Day 14

– Daily Fiction: 4,450 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 34,450 words  

– Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 00 words

– Blog Posts: 1,100 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 12,650 words

– E-mail: 16 e-mails. Approx. 400 original words. E-mails month-to date: 393 e-mails. Approx. 11,300 words

– Covers Designed and Finished: 0. Covers finished month-to-date: 0 Covers

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