LAST CALL for March Online Workshops

MARCH ONLINE WORKSHOPS

All March Online Workshops have openings and they are starting now. Even if a workshop started yesterday, you can still jump in, no problem.

Each workshop is six weeks long and takes about 3-4 hours per week to do. Great workshops to take going into the new year to jump-start your year.

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

All workshops have openings at the moment.

Class #21… Mar 2nd … Making a Living
Class #22… Mar 2nd … How to Write Thrillers
Class #23… Mar 2nd … Genre Structure
Class #24… Mar 2nd … Character Voice/Setting
Class #25… Mar 3rd … Writing and Selling Short Stories
Class #26… Mar 3rd … Depth in Writing
Class #27… Mar 3rd … Productivity
Class #28… Mar 4th … Cliffhangers
Class #29… Mar 4th … Pacing Your Novel
Class #30… Mar 4th … Discoverability

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ALL WORKSHOPS START ON MONDAY, TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY.

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Writing in Public: Year 2, Month 8, Day 2


Year 2, Month 8, Day 2 of this Writing in Public challenge.

Day off of writing the novel CALLING DEAD: A Cold Poker Gang Novel.

Great fun today all day with writers and working on fiction. When a discussion about a story gets going between five experienced editors, let me tell you, it’s a blast and a learning experience.

As far as the day went, I made it home tonight around 9 p.m. and went and watched The Voice. Then about midnight I went to work on the online workshops, getting them done around 3 a.m.

There is still time to jump into a March workshop. Even if it started yesterday, that’s no big deal since you do the videos and stuff on your own time. And there are openings in all the workshops at this point.

Topic of the Night: Lose the Thinking.

Pharrell had a couple of great things to say tonight as normal on The Voice. And what he said applied exactly on writing as well as music.

At one point he said, “I’m not interested in just stocking the shelf.” Pharrell was trying to convince a very original artist to be on his team. The artist understood.

Boy is that spot on the money. How that applies to books and writing is that all the writers who just write the same thing, follow the trend, chase the latest hot thing are just stocking the shelves. Might be fine stories and fine writing, but it won’t make for a long career.

And it sure isn’t original. It’s just stocking the shelves with the same old thing.

So just another way for Pharrell to say “Same is lame.”

Then a short while later he was talking to one artist that did not get through and Pharrell said, “Lose the thinking and get closer to the feeling.”

This is exactly the same problem I see in so many writers who are afraid to try something new, are afraid to fail or write a manuscript someone might not like. Those writers are just thinking. (Called critical voice in writing.)

It’s what I talk about in Writing into the Dark lecture and also a lot in the Productivity workshop. You have to get the critical voice out of the way (the thinking) and just trust the storyteller inside you. Trust the feeling.

Is this easy to do? Oh, hell, no. And this young singer who Pharrell said that to had a blank stare and a nod. The young singer flat didn’t understand either.

You do your art to your passion. Write the stories that excite you.

Don’t just be a shelf-filler.

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Totals For Year 2, Month 8, Day 2

— Daily Fiction: 00 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 00 words  

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

— Blog Posts: 500 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 1,200 words

— E-mail: 38 e-mails. Approx. 1,550 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 66 e-mails. Approx. 2,600 words

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

For projects finished in the first year and links to the posts, click on the Writing in Public tab above.

For projects finished this month and where you can read them, click continue reading below.

You can support this ongoing blog at Patreon on a monthly basis. Not per post. Just click on the Patreon image. Extra stuff for different levels of support and I will be adding in more in March and getting it all caught up. And for those who have been along from the start, hold on, almost ready to get this all off the ground. Thanks for your support.

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Writing in Public: Year 2, Month 8, Day 1


Year 2, Month 8, Day 1 of this Writing in Public challenge.

Day off of writing the novel CALLING DEAD: A Cold Poker Gang Novel.

Great fun today on learning. I had a blast, even though I was up too early for me. Talking all day and listening to professionals talk about stories and business and so much more.

For me, this is just heaven. I’ll talk more about what I’ve learned later on, but for now, since I am starting the 8th month of the second year of this challenge without missing a day, I thought I would have a topic tonight that seems about right.

Topic of the Night: Productivity is not a straight line.

What I mean by that is that productivity with your writing can’t always be controlled. Sometimes other things just come to the surface. For example, in January, I spent most of a week in Las Vegas with two old friends playing poker.

(Sorry, that’s important life stuff for me. Yeah, I know, tough life.(grin))

Last month I spent most of a week in Colorado at the Superstars Writing Conference meeting all kinds of great writers and having a blast learning and teaching. So both of those events, plus a bunch of other stuff changing around here really cut into productivity for me. And honestly, that was worth it.

So let me show you how the last calendar year has gone and the total.

FICTION ORIGINAL WORDS

March 2014: 70,250 words
April: 56,025 words
May: 80,650 words
June: 52,800 words
July: 60,750 words
August: 60,450 words
September: 44,000 words
October: 64,300 words
November: 107,400 words
December: 80,850 words
January 2015: 52,100 words
February: 34,050 words

TOTAL FICTION WORDS for the last 12 months… 763,625 words.

That’s not Pulp Speed on fiction yet, but not a bad year. Notice the extreme ups and downs when the day job got in the way, or I took some trip or something. Productivity is not a straight line.

Let me look at my total writing for the last 12 months (not counting answering comments on blogs).

MARCH… 126,050 Words

APRIL… 99,575 Words

MAY… 132,150 Words

JUNE… 105,200 Words

JULY… 105,650 Words

AUGUST… 105,700 Words

SEPTEMBER… 98,300 Words

OCTOBER… 109,000 Words

NOVEMBER… 152,150 Words

DECEMBER… 129,900 Words

JANUARY… 96,400 Words

FEBRUARY… 76,050 Words

So the total words I wrote in the last twelve months, not counting blog responses, is:

1,336,125 words.

That’s between Pulp 2 and Pulp 3 speed.

But the point is look at the months. I had a consistent period from June through October, but then things fire all over the place. That’s why I don’t get stressed about not having great months, or that excited about really good months.

My goal is to just slowly build the word count. My goal this year, from January to December, is get my fiction writing total over Pulp Speed 1, which is 1 million words in a year.

In the first two months, not great months, I wrote about 86,000 words. So I have 914,000 words to make it in ten months. About 92,000 words of fiction per month. I only had one month last year I beat that, so I need to get firing and give the writing more time every day.

And I hope to do that starting this month. Stay tuned.

But again, the key with enjoying your writing is just roll with the ups and downs and keep track and do what you can with your life circumstances.

Make writing fun, not something to stress about, and the words just add right up.

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So what is happening this month? Free short story of the week will be starting up. (Patreon subscribers get that a week ahead.) Also, more Sacred Cows, (Patreon subscribers get that early as well.) And Patreon subscribers will start into getting Smith’s Monthly in a week or so.  And more New World of Publishing blogs. More topics of the night.

And I have a nonfiction writing craft book to write I will post here as well (Patreon subscribers get the chapters early as well. Brand new project and a fun one.)

Wow, am I excited about March and the coming months. Stay tuned.

Also, last call for March Online workshops. Still room in all of them, and still time to sign up. Jump in, the water’s fine. (grin)

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Totals For Year 2, Month 8, Day 1 (as always, all the totals start over)

— Daily Fiction: 00 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 00 words  

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

— Blog Posts: 700 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 700 words

— E-mail: 28 e-mails. Approx. 1,050 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 28 e-mails. Approx. 1,050 words

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

For projects finished in the first year and links to the posts, click on the Writing in Public tab above.

For projects finished this month and where you can read them, click continue reading below.

You can support this ongoing blog at Patreon on a monthly basis. Not per post. Just click on the Patreon image. Extra stuff for different levels of support and I will be adding in more in March and getting it all caught up. And for those who have been along from the start, hold on, almost ready to get this all off the ground. Thanks for your support.

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Writing in Public: Year 2, Month 7, Day 28


Year 2, Month 7, Day 28 of this Writing in Public challenge.

Day off of writing the novel CALLING DEAD: A Cold Poker Gang Novel.

Another day of running around and working on workshops and doing some reading.

That was what I did up until around 4 p.m. when Kris and I went out to dinner with two wonderful professional writers and editors. Then enjoyed the company of about 40 other professional writers for the evening.

Home to watch a little television, then off to do some reading.

Now crashing out early.

At some point in a week I’ll do a summary post on the last couple of months and how things stand for the year. This February turned out to be about the same as last February. Now to make March a ton better than last year. (grin)

Nice I get to start counting over tomorrow. (grin)

A repeat of last night on the online workshop stuff:

WORKSHOP UPDATE:

Everyone signed up for the March online workshops should have gotten a first letter from me. If you are signed up and didn’t get a letter, please write me.

If you want to sign up, still lots of room in all the workshops. They don’t start until next week.

Any questions on the workshops, feel free to ask.

So then I went to do some reading around 3 a.m. and am now heading to get some sleep.

No topic of the night tonight.

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Totals For Year 2, Month 7, Day 28

— Daily Fiction: 00 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 34,050 words  

— Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 3,800 words

— Blog Posts: 300 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 17,400 words

— E-mail: 12 e-mails. Approx. 200 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 750 e-mails. Approx. 20,800 words

— Covers Designed and Finished: 0. Covers finished month-to-date: 1 Covers

For projects finished in the first year and links to the posts, click on the Writing in Public tab above.

For projects finished this month and where you can read them, click continue reading below.

You can support this ongoing blog at Patreon on a monthly basis. Not per post. Just click on the Patreon image. Extra stuff for different levels of support and I will be adding in more in March and getting it all caught up. And for those who have been along from the start, hold on, almost ready to get this all off the ground. Thanks for your support.

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Writing in Public: Year 2, Month 7, Day 27


Year 2, Month 7, Day 27 of this Writing in Public challenge.

Day off of writing the novel CALLING DEAD: A Cold Poker Gang Novel.

Another day of running around and working on workshops and doing some reading.

Up around noon, errands started around 1:30 with a stop at a hotel to check on things, then a stop at our second hotel for the workshop to check on things there, then to snail mail, then to bank, then some lunch and back to WMG Publishing.

I worked and talked with people around there until 6:30 p.m. and then headed home to do some e-mail, then take a nap with the white cat, dinner and news.

Then back to WMG Publishing to work on stuff there until 11:30 p.m. and then back home to watch some television.

About 12:30 a.m. I got in here to do workshops stuff.

WORKSHOP UPDATE:

Everyone signed up for the March online workshops should have gotten a first letter from me. If you are signed up and didn’t get a letter, please write me.

If you want to sign up, still lots of room in all the workshops. They don’t start until next week.

Any questions on the workshops, feel free to ask.

So then I went to do some reading around 3 a.m. and am now heading to get some sleep.

No topic of the night tonight.

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Totals For Year 2, Month 7, Day 27

— Daily Fiction: 00 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 34,050 words  

— Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 3,800 words

— Blog Posts: 300 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 17,100 words

— E-mail: 27 e-mails. Approx. 700 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 738 e-mails. Approx. 20,600 words

— Covers Designed and Finished: 0. Covers finished month-to-date: 1 Covers

For projects finished in the first year and links to the posts, click on the Writing in Public tab above.

For projects finished this month and where you can read them, click continue reading below.

You can support this ongoing blog at Patreon on a monthly basis. Not per post. Just click on the Patreon image. Extra stuff for different levels of support and I will be adding in more in March and getting it all caught up. And for those who have been along from the start, hold on, almost ready to get this all off the ground. Thanks for your support.

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Writing in Public: Year 2, Month 7, Day 26


Year 2, Month 7, Day 26 of this Writing in Public challenge.

Day off of writing the novel CALLING DEAD: A Cold Poker Gang Novel.

Now another day of running around and then reading.

Up around noon, errands started around 1:30 with snail mail, carpet for new stage in office, pay a bill, bank, deli for a snack for lunch, to WMG to work there for a short time, then on to another bank, a hardware store, and then home by 4 to pick up Kris.

Then down the coast to Newport (35 miles along the ocean) for more running around, three more businesses, dinner, shopping, home by 8 p.m.

Then up to WMG offices again to work there, home by 9:30 exhausted.

Nap with the white cat, a snack, finish up the e-mail and then to my reading chair to read.

Read for two hours, watched some television, read for more hours.

A silly damn day of more errands than I want to think about. But I read some wonderful stories tonight. Wow.

Topic of the Night: Rolling with Life

One of the things I learned early on, and then had to relearn a few dozen more times, was that I just flat can’t control life and the people around me. And events.

So sometimes there are periods when I feel something else is more important than creating new words. And sometimes life just says I’m not going to create new words.

(With indie publishing, this battle between writing and publishing things is a constant battle.)

But life getting in the way is never an excuse for me. I love writing, so coming up with reasons to not write just seems alien to me. Why would I ever do that?

Yet I hear that all the time, as if sitting down and making something up is painful to people. Silly, damn silly, and clearly an attitude problem of many writers.

My attitude is fine on wanting to write. I would love to just get up in the morning and write all day. Not going to happen, but I still will get a million or so words done this year, so what the hell.

And notice that even though I have gotten little done this month in the way of new words (for me, yes I know some of you would love that many words in a month), I’m not upset about it.

I suppose that if I had the body of a thirty-year-old, I could stay up and get some writing done. I don’t and I accept that as well.

So sometimes, when life says “Nope…not writing today” the best bet is to just roll with it, plan on when you will get back to it, and enjoy what you are doing. Getting angry at life, your family, the people around you, is just pointless.

However, if you start letting life things be an excuse to not write, then you have other issues with your writing. Fear and too much critical voice come clearly to mind. (Lots of room in the productivity workshop that focuses directly on those two things.)

So yes, I’m writing a blog called “Writing in Public” and I’m not getting a lot of writing done at the moment.

And I honestly don’t mind. I’ll be back at Pulp Speed in short order next month. And wow will that be fun.

But so is what I am doing now.

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Totals For Year 2, Month 7, Day 26

— Daily Fiction: 00 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 34,050 words  

— Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 3,800 words

— Blog Posts: 600 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 16,800 words

— E-mail: 14 e-mails. Approx. 400 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 711 e-mails. Approx. 19,900 words

— Covers Designed and Finished: 0. Covers finished month-to-date: 1 Covers

For projects finished in the first year and links to the posts, click on the Writing in Public tab above.

For projects finished this month and where you can read them, click continue reading below.

You can support this ongoing blog at Patreon on a monthly basis. Not per post. Just click on the Patreon image. Extra stuff for different levels of support and I will be adding in more in March and getting it all caught up. And for those who have been along from the start, hold on, almost ready to get this all off the ground. Thanks for your support.

Or you can just toss a tip into the tip jar with a single donation at PayPal. Either way, your support keeps me going at these crazy posts.

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Writing in Public: Year 2, Month 7, Day 25


Year 2, Month 7, Day 25 of this Writing in Public challenge.

Day off of writing the novel CALLING DEAD: A Cold Poker Gang Novel.

Now I remember why my totals for February last year were so low. Same reason this year. It will be great to back at the writing at full speed in March.

But until then, you can just follow along as I work full time in publishing, just not at creating new words. (grin)

So today was kind of fun and slightly different. At 1 p.m. I was at WMG Publishing to meet a shipment of lumber coming in. Then I headed off to buy nails and other things needed for the construction of a large stage.

Professional writer M.L. (Matt) Buchman showed up at 2 to help me, thank heavens. Matt had built some homes on his own, so he knew what he was doing and with me almost keeping up, we had the 8 x 16 foot stage built in just over two hours.

Yes, in my mid-sixties, I can still carry sheets of plywood and be on my hands and knees hammering nails and so on. I have a hunch I’ll hurt in the morning. (grin)

Thanks, Matt, for all the help. Now, folks, go buy his books. He writes amazing military romance and also some wonderful food thrillers. http://www.mlbuchman.com/

I went after that to work on workshop stuff in my office and headed to the grocery store around 6 p.m. and got home to do some e-mail before the standard nap with the white cat. Then dinner, news, and dishes.

Then, instead of coming back in here around 10 p.m. to write, I decided to read. I’ve been reading in fits and starts now for a coming workshop for a while, but alas, I have gotten behind. Reading manuscripts with one eye is never easy on the eye, but my reading chair is comfortable, so I read for two hours, then watched some television, then read for another two hours.

I would have rather been writing, but the reading was, for the most part, wonderful and enjoyable. So no issue.

Topic of the Night: Reviews.

Honestly, not much to talk about in this topic tonight, other than I just put up a lecture on reviews. The good, the bad, and the ugly. The lecture will be given to anyone taking the Discoverability Online workshop, but it’s also offered here for those of you who don’t understand reviews.

For example, last week I helped ship out about thirty ARCs of one of the new Retrieval Artist Anniversary Day Saga novels. And I know that a lot more than the number I helped ship also go out electronically now.

If you don’t understand why WMG Publishing does that, or even what an ARC is, might want to take the lecture.

If you don’t understand that Amazon Reviews will not help you (much) in discoverability, might want to take the lecture.

Reviews for writers are dangerous at best, deadly at worst. But they have value. It just depends on how the writer uses the reviews and where the reviews are published. It is a very fine art to work reviews for sales, both reader and the trade channel side, without hurting your writing. It takes help.

So anyhow, Lecture #25 is up. I am sort of stunned we have done that many lectures, to be honest. Shows what just dinging along with something will add up.

Some ideas for future lectures that I can think of off the top of my head are:

— Hiring Help. When and how to do it for your writing.

— Genre Basics Lecture.

— Writing Life Cycle.

— Covers for both Romance and Fantasy

— Organization: How to be organized as a writer and publisher

— How to Negotiate

— Value and difficulty of short story collections

— Bundles. All sides.

And others that haven’t popped into my mind at the moment, but are written down up at my office in WMG. And I’m sure we’ll have a discussion here as time goes along that will bring up new topics for lectures as well.

So if you can, listen to the reviews lecture. It might save you more grief than you can imagine. And help you sell more books as well.

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Totals For Year 2, Month 7, Day 25

— Daily Fiction: 00 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 34,050 words  

— Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 3,800 words

— Blog Posts: 800 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 16,200 words

— E-mail: 14 e-mails. Approx. 300 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 697 e-mails. Approx. 19,500 words

— Covers Designed and Finished: 0. Covers finished month-to-date: 1 Covers

For projects finished in the first year and links to the posts, click on the Writing in Public tab above.

For projects finished this month and where you can read them, click continue reading below.

You can support this ongoing blog at Patreon on a monthly basis. Not per post. Just click on the Patreon image. Extra stuff for different levels of support and I will be adding in more in March and getting it all caught up. And for those who have been along from the start, hold on, almost ready to get this all off the ground. Thanks for your support.

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New Lecture on Reviews Now Available

Lecture #25

Reviews: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

How to understand the value of reviews, how to go after them, when to go after them, and when to ignore them. Plus how they can really hurt your writing if you don’t understand reviews.

10 Videos.  Dean Wesley Smith talks about all the various reviews, from trade reviews to reader reviews and their value to a fiction writer’s career.

Price $50.00.

Reviews are a massive topic in publishing. A writer can write for an entire career, make a fortune, and never have favorable reviews. Or a writer can have wonderful reviews and sell very few books. But yet, in many places, reviews are very important.

Understanding reviews and how to get them and where and when to go after them is critical for writers in this modern world.

In this lecture, Dean Wesley Smith will help you try to understand the massive topic of reviews in fiction publishing.

Note: If you are taking the Discoverability Online Workshop, do not sign up for this. You will get this lecture for free as part of the workshop in the 6th week. If you do sign up for this and then take the Discoverability Online Workshop down the road, I will credit you with another lecture.

For information, just click on the Lecture Series tab above or go to www.wmgpublishingworkshops.com

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Writing in Public: Year 2, Month 7, Day 24


Year 2, Month 7, Day 24 of this Writing in Public challenge.

Day sixteen of writing the novel CALLING DEAD: A Cold Poker Gang Novel.

Not much of a writing day, but considering everything, I’m happy to get any words done. Tomorrow should be better, we shall see.

Anyhow, up at 1 p.m. and made it to a meeting at WMG by 2 p.m.  Then snail mail and I took Kris home and headed out to find some carpet for some stages I am building for the coming workshop.

Found some and made it back to my office at WMG Publishing around 5 p.m. I worked there on workshop stuff until 7 p.m., then headed home to finish up some e-mail, then off to a nap with the white cat, dinner, a bit of The Voice, and dishes.

Into my office around 9 p.m. to do workshop assignments and a touch more e-mail. Got all that done around 11:30 p.m.

I know February has sped right past, but a head’s-up if you are thinking of jumping into an online workshop in March. They start next week. Lots of room in all of them, so no issue there. Not even the Discoverability, Production, or Depth workshops will come close to filling. And those are the three most popular ones.

Around 11:30 I headed off to watch The Voice, got back to reading in my chair around 1 a.m. I read for an hour, then headed for my writing computer because I decided I was going to do it all today one way or another. (grin) So I wrote for just over an hour and got 1,200 words done. Progress.

Topic of the Night: Existing Outside the Box

First off, before I get to that topic, I wanted to note that one of the artists tonight on The Voice had spent eight years making his living singing on the streets, cold, hot, rain, he sang. Now that’s what I call paying the price, and when he got up there, he was a polished entertainer with an amazing voice and all four judges turned almost instantly and were fighting to get him on their team.

Then later on Adam said to one really amazing singer, “You exist outside the box, that’s why I want you.”

Boy did that strike home for what Kris and I have been saying for years and trying to teach. Write what you are passionate about, be yourself, don’t copy or chase trends. It might be hard for a short time, but in the long run you will find the readers.

Yet over and over we watch writers spend hours and money and heartache chasing some book doctor to help their book be just like every other book, and we watch writer after writer polish away any true art, any true voice a story might have by rewriting it to death over and over.

And even worse, we watch great writers who are in a hurry, chase a trend.

All those roads just spiral down into the box that everyone attempts to fit in.

Adam said to the one amazing singer. “You exist outside the box, that’s why I want you.”

Exactly!

The artist who had spent 8 years working on craft on the streets was outside any box. He knew how to entertain, he knew control, yet he sang the song his way.

Paying the price, having the courage to write what you love, not to some stupid trend. That takes real courage. If you get nothing else from The Voice, understand the courage and the sacrifices some of those artists have made for their art who appear on that show.

Think of the courage it takes for those singers to walk up on that stage in front of four superstars and in 90 seconds either hit it or fail in front of millions of people.

Writing is no different, even if the crop of newbie writers think otherwise because they can put a book up on Amazon. Writing fiction is a craft, an art, that takes a commitment of years and years to learn.

And you learn one step at a time, one story at a time, one bit of information at a time, one reader at a time, just as that artist learned on the streets. You put it out there and keep working to get better, to keep learning.

And realize it takes time.

Especially if you are going to be outside the box and be unique.

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AUTHOR NOTE: Allyson Longueira, the publisher of WMG Publishing did a really nice blog about my new book out. Cold Call: A Cold Poker Gang Novel. It’s a mystery and she talks about the set up of it and the first novel in the series, Kill Game.

Note: the novel I am working on now is the third novel in the series. Take a read of the blog if you want to get a better feeling for the novel I am writing now.

Thanks, Allyson.

http://www.wmgpublishinginc.com/2015/02/23/a-series-a-serial-killer-and-a-serious-mystery/

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One more note: The Patreon supporters who will get Smith’s Monthly starting with #16 January issue will be getting those this next week. It’s part of my thanks in supporting this blog. #16 has a Thunder Mountain novel in it and five short stories. So stay tuned. We almost have the system set up. (grin)

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Total for novel CALLING DEAD: A Cold Poker Gang Novel

Day 1… 4,700 words… Total to date… 4,700 words
Day 2… 4,200 words… Total to date… 8,900 words
Day 3… 1,600 words… Total to date… 10,500 words
Day 4… 1,850 words… Total to date… 12,350 words
Day 5… 1,000 words… Total to date… 13,350 words
Day 6… 3,500 words… Total to date… 16,850 words
Day 7… 1,100 words… Total to date… 17,950 words
Day 8… 4,600 words… Total to date… 22,550 words
Day 9… 3,200 words… Total to date… 25,750 words
Day 10…3,100 words… Total to date… 28,850 words
Day 11…1,900 words… Total to date… 30,750 words
Day 12…4,200 words… Total to date… 34,950 words
Day 13…3,400 words… Total to date… 38,350 words
Day 14…2,300 words… Total to date… 40,650 words
Day 15…1,800 words… Total to date… 42,450 words
Day 16…1,200 words… Total to date… 43,650 words

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Totals For Year 2, Month 7, Day 24

— Daily Fiction: 1,200 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 34,050 words  

— Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 3,800 words

— Blog Posts: 900 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 15,400 words

— E-mail: 29 e-mails. Approx. 900 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 683 e-mails. Approx. 19,200 words

— Covers Designed and Finished: 0. Covers finished month-to-date: 1 Covers

For projects finished in the first year and links to the posts, click on the Writing in Public tab above.

For projects finished this month and where you can read them, click continue reading below.

You can support this ongoing blog at Patreon on a monthly basis. Not per post. Just click on the Patreon image. Extra stuff for different levels of support and I will be adding in more in March and getting it all caught up. And for those who have been along from the start, hold on, almost ready to get this all off the ground. Thanks for your support.

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Writing in Public: Year 2, Month 7, Day 23


Year 2, Month 7, Day 23 of this Writing in Public challenge.

Day off of writing the novel CALLING DEAD: A Cold Poker Gang Novel.

Again today, I had no desire to take a day away from the writing, but alas, I spent my day working on other things that seemed to just take longer to do.

But I actually did go sit down there with the novel open, then got called away and that was that.

As far the day, a standard Monday. Off to run errands, order some lumber for a project up at WMG publishing, then to the WMG store (Pop Culture Collectables), then to the mail, then back to WMG.

Worked there for a time, talked with some friends, then headed home around 7 p.m. to do e-mail. (No lunch… no time, so I had a handful of chips instead.)

Nap with the white cat, dinner, a start into the Voice, and then dishes and in here to do the assignments in the online workshops around 9 p.m.

Got that done around 11 p.m. and went to reading. (I’ve been doing a ton of that lately, just not talking about it here.)

Downstairs around midnight to watch the rest of The Voice, then back up here to do more reading and then write this.

Topic of the Night: Explore your craft.

Pharrell, on The Voice tonight, said something to one artist who had not gotten through. No one turned. Pharrell basically told the kid to not just stay in an area he felt comfortable with (which is what the kid had done and it had not served him well), but Pharrell said to explore, open up his range, try areas in his art that he’s not comfortable with.

Spot on the money for writing in more ways than one.

I hear from so many writers say they just “can’t” write that without ever trying. And I hear from so many writers in the short story workshop where I force them to write out of their comfort zone and suddenly they like it and find it interesting.

As humans, as writers, we have this desire to stay safe. It’s as if writing a bad story will make animals come out of the night and eat us. Silly, of course, but for many writers that fear is very real.

And that fear cripples writers as artists. They write the same story over and over, even though they think it is different. But they never take any chances. And to be really “safe” the story is always rewritten to death out of fear. Thus the story sounds like just about everything else. And I meant “sounds” because I can spot a story a mile away that has been “polished” to death.

So trying new things with your writing is critical to growing as an artist. The poor kid went out there with a narrow range song that had been polished and the four superstars saw right through it. And didn’t turn.

And even though Pharrell tried to tell the kid what he did wrong, just as I am trying to tell some of you here, the fear will control. I doubt seriously if that kid heard Pharrell.

And not one of the stars asked him to come back. They could see it as well.

I just have never figured out what the hell writers are afraid of. We don’t have to stand in front of millions of people and fail. We just put a story out and if it fails, no one reads it. Shrug.

Watch The Voice if you want to see real courage for art.

And the wonderful moment on the show tonight was when Pharrell, at Christina’s urging, got up and sang with a young girl who hadn’t made it through, and clearly gave her not only a real moment to remember, but some motivation to come back. Wonderful moment of stars giving to young artists because they really care.

And wow, I thought the talent last year was stunning, but this year is even higher, more than likely from real music professionals with careers seeing how Boyd last year jumped the success on the show into a major career after being so broke, he was about to lose his house. Tonight there was one woman who had had a top five Billboard charted song with a partner and had toured with Blake. She was up there. Blake didn’t turn. The rest did.

Tomorrow promises to be even more fun. For two hours, it’s an amazingly good and free education.

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Totals For Year 2, Month 7, Day 23

— Daily Fiction: 00 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 32,850 words  

— Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 3,800 words

— Blog Posts: 900 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 14,500 words

— E-mail: 34 e-mails. Approx. 1,100 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 654 e-mails. Approx. 18,300 words

— Covers Designed and Finished: 0. Covers finished month-to-date: 1 Covers

For projects finished in the first year and links to the posts, click on the Writing in Public tab above.

For projects finished this month and where you can read them, click continue reading below.

You can support this ongoing blog at Patreon on a monthly basis. Not per post. Just click on the Patreon image. Extra stuff for different levels of support and I will be adding in more in March and getting it all caught up. And for those who have been along from the start, hold on, almost ready to get this all off the ground. Thanks for your support.

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