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 29

Year 2, Month 3, Day 29 of this Writing in Public challenge.

Day 26 of writing the novel The Edwards Mansion: A Thunder Mountain Novel.

Thought I might finish this thing tonight. Goes to show what I know about my own writing. (grin) Maybe tomorrow.

Up after another good night’s sleep at 1 p.m., then to the e-mail, the snail mail, then off to run errands. Managed to get back to the WMG offices to work around 4 p.m.

I worked there on different stuff and on Smith’s Monthly until 6:30 before heading home. Then I headed to nap with the white cat. Then dinner, news, and some dishes.

I made it into this office around 9 p.m. and did e-mail for a time. Then around 9:30 p.m. I went to the writing computer.

By 11:15 p.m., with a short break, I had written 2,050 words.

Kris got back from walking, so we headed to watch some television. I managed to get back into this office and in the writing chair by 12:30 a.m.

I did another session of 1,000 words even in 45 minutes, took a break, did another session of 1,050 words in 45 minutes and took another break, and then did a session of 1,000 words in 40 minutes.

At that point I could finally see the end and it’s a little farther off than I had expected, so decided to run at it tomorrow. And if it is the end, I have some real cutting of side trips to do before giving the thing to Kris. I want this novel to be like the first three Thunder Mountain novels. Tight, complex, and fast read.

So a 5,100 word day.

Topic of the Night: Holding an Entire Book in Your Head.

No writer I have ever met can hold an entire novel in his or her head. Readers believe we can, because readers think we are all very smart because we can write from front to back as they read.  But many of us don’t write from front to back and we honestly can’t keep the full book plot in our head as we write.  Sorry.

Not even a short novel like the one I am doing now.

So how do I get around that problem, why do I keep saying I might have to cut out stuff when done? Simple, actually. I make notes after I finish a chapter or a section.

Beside my computer I have a running outline of the book, done on a yellow legal pad, that I create as I write into the dark. I NEVER OUTLINE AHEAD. Just kills the fun for me, but every writer is different.

But I need the outline of what I have done to look back over what I have created at a glance, figure out where characters come in, where I described a setting I need to bring back, and so on.

And since I do that, once I get to the end, it is very, very clear, right there on paper, when I took a useless loop and when I wrote something that is part of the baseline. Or when there is a hole in the baseline I missed.

But if I was trying to hold an entire novel plot in this poor old brain, I would just be confused all the time. (Yeah, I know, more than I already am would be hard to imagine. (grin))

I have a hunch that many newer writers mistake the feeling for the need to outline ahead with the need to know where they have gone already. This very simple method of outlining as you go allows a writer to just make stuff up into the dark and then see how it fits in the whole of the book after it is written.

I never cut anything before I am finished. I don’t trust my critical brain to not trick me into cutting something important. But when the book is done, the journey for me complete, I can tell if something is important or not. It is very easy to tell the side tracks, the traditional publishing loops as I talked about before.

So if you are thinking you need to hold a book in your head before starting, or while writing, just stop. The stress of trying that can kill the joy of writing faster than anything. Outline ahead or don’t. Every writer is different. But give up on the notion that you can hold the book in your head as you write.

Hold a scene, maybe. Or a chapter if you are really good. But don’t try to hold the entire book.

But I would highly suggest you outline as you go, even if you have an outline ahead. If for nothing else, to save you time scanning back through the book looking for a detail of a character.

Man, that’s annoying.

Have fun.

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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
Day 24… 2,050 words. Total words to date…. 52,500 words
Day 25… 3,100 words. Total words to date…. 55,600 words
Day 26… 5,100 words. Total words to date…. 60,700 words

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Totals For Year 2, Month 3, Day 29

– Daily Fiction: 5,100 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 53,850 words  

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

– Blog Posts: 1,000 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 21,200 words

– E-mail: 16 e-mails. Approx. 600 original words. E-mails month-to date: 683 e-mails. Approx. 20,650 words

– Covers Designed and Finished: 0. Covers finished month-to-date: 2 Covers

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Writing in Public: Year 2, Month 3, Day 28

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.

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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
Day 24… 2,050 words. Total words to date…. 52,500 words
Day 25… 3,100 words. Total words to date…. 55,600 words

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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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Writing in Public: Year 2, Month 3, Day 27

Year 2, Month 3, Day 27 of this Writing in Public challenge.

Day 24 of writing the novel The Edwards Mansion: A Thunder Mountain Novel.

Maybe one of the most stressful days I have lived in a long time. But got through it and got a ton done so all good. Even got some writing done. So back on target finally. Decks are clear.

The day started at 8:00 a.m. (Now understand, I am moving back to a schedule that I might see that time from the night side. Seeing it from the morning side was just awful and very stressful.)

I did a ton of errands for the store, stuff that I have been fighting to get into place. All came together this morning. Yeah. That was good.

Then at 11 p.m. off to the snail mail and meeting at WMG publishing. (That was the stressful part, but now fine.)

Then lunch with a number of people, then off to banks and out to the store. All is great there. Then back to WMG publishing to work with some repair folks on different things. Roof leaks and a dozen other detail things. That finished at 6:30 p.m. So at that point I had been on full run for almost ten hours. I tried to nap with the white cat but was too wired to manage much.

Dinner, news, and some television to try to relax. Watched part of The Voice, then headed up here to do some e-mail, then off to WMG offices with Kris. I did a cover for a short story for Smith’s Monthly while I waited for her. Then back here to finish up the e-mail, some of which I was finding from the week of workshop stuff, meaning I had missed it.

Then back down to watch The Voice. Tonight was amazing. I got a full page of notes. Then around 11:30 back up here to finish up the online workshop stuff.

Finally, exhausted, I stumbled to my writing computer.

In two sessions with a short break, I managed to get 2,050 words done before 3 a.m.  Not a clue if any of the words are good, but don’t care. Chances are they are just fine.

And this book has a lot of side tracks. Sadly. When my brain finally returns, I’ll look at it as I finish up. But my gut sense is that I wrote some extra words in this one, just like the first three Thunder Mountain novels. Seems to be the process in these books for some reason or another.

Topic of the Night: Polished.

That’s a dreaded word in writing for most long term editors and writers. I call it “the polished rock syndrome.” It’s where everyone wants to polish their story down so that it’s just like everyone else’s story. Not sure why anyone wants to do that, but sadly it’s the case.

Polished stories have no uniqueness, no originality, and they don’t sell much at all.

Tonight on The Voice, the four coaches with the help of Taylor Swift were pounding on these “younger” professionals to find their own uniqueness. That just kept coming through over and over.

For example: At one point Pharrell said to one singer, “I am hearing a great singer vs. someone who entertains.”  (It was not a compliment.)

After a number of those types of things, Taylor said to one singer, “Very polished performance.” But she was frowning and not happy when she said it.

Kris stopped the recording and said to me, “When these professionals use the word “polished,” it is never a compliment.”

I know, I know, it’s scary to actually just let your own voice, your own look at the world come through your fiction.  Scary, as it was for some of these singers on the show. But as Gwen said to one of them, “The most important thing is uniqueness.”

So what is the take-away from tonight’s show? If you are killing your own writing with a need for perfection, a need to have your story look and read like everyone else’s story, you might want to stop rewriting so much. Of course, that will allow your real voice to shine and that’s scary. I know that.

You might want to ask yourself where you learned that need to rewrite so much. Was it someone who really knew how to produce long-term quality work or just an English teacher or a peer critique workshop?

The long-term writers you admire and read learned along the way to be unique, to write their stories in their own way.

So watch The Voice, watch the coaching, listen to the comments and  with every comment think of your own writing.

Polish is a dirty word in the entertainment arts.

Stop taking a gun to the head of your own work and polishing your work to an ugly death.

Unique is what sells.

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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
Day 24… 2,050 words. Total words to date…. 52,500 words

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Totals For Year 2, Month 3, Day 27

– Daily Fiction: 2,050 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 45,650 words  

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

– Blog Posts: 900 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 19,300 words

– E-mail: 36 e-mails. Approx. 1,200 original words. E-mails month-to date: 630 e-mails. Approx. 19,150 words

– Covers Designed and Finished: 1. Covers finished month-to-date: 1 Covers

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Writing in Public: Year 2, Month 3, Day 26

Year 2, Month 3, Day 26 of this Writing in Public challenge.

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

Day off of everything, actually.

It seems the speed of my recovery from being exhausted from the workshop was a form of wish-fulfillment. I didn’t even manage to get out of bed until after the writer’s lunch was started at 2 p.m.

I staggered around and did some e-mail, then headed out to the store to talk there for a few minutes, then to a deli for lunch, then back to WMG offices.

I did nothing at all but eat lunch, then went for a walk to try to clear out some of the cobwebs. Picked up a few others I think along the way.

Home to watch some football and try to nap, then dinner, news, more television, more football, then in here to do e-mail. Brain still missing in action.

Kris and I headed up to WMG offices around 10 p.m. to run a few errands, then home. I managed to get the workshop homework out to everyone by 12 a.m.  Then went to watch more television.

Back in here to do this blog and head to bed. Maybe my brain will catch up with me tomorrow. It was MIA today completely, but no surprise after this great week with all the writers here.

So a day of rest. I know, unusual for me, but sometimes needed.

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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 26

– Daily Fiction: 00 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 43,600 words  

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

– Blog Posts: 400 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 18,400 words

– E-mail: 31 e-mails. Approx. 1,050 original words. E-mails month-to date: 594 e-mails. Approx. 17,950 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 25

Year 2, Month 3, Day 25 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 and the day before and the day before and the day before and now for one final day… ahh, the consistency of a workshop here. (grin))

Workshop finished tonight.

This afternoon I stayed until 2 p.m. to have great discussions with a guest instructor in front of all the writers, 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 1 a.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 and today was the last day. A fantastic group of writers. Another one-of-a-kind workshop.

I didn’t get in here until after 3 a.m. and did some e-mail and then decided to write this and call it a night.

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: (Back tomorrow night. And I’ll be back on the novel tomorrow as well. Finally.)

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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 25

– Daily Fiction: 00 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 43,600 words  

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

– Blog Posts: 400 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 18,000 words

– E-mail: 9 e-mails. Approx. 100 original words. E-mails month-to date: 563 e-mails. Approx. 16,900 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 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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