July Online Workshop Schedule

July Online Workshops Start In A Week!

Yes, July is coming up that quickly.

July workshops are now open to take sign-ups, and you can find information about the August, September, and October workshops on the page as well.

Click the workshop tab above for description and sign-up or go to www.wmgpublishingworkshops.com.

Each regular workshop is six weeks long and takes about 3-4 hours per week to do at your own pace and your own time. All workshops are limited to just five writers.

Questions, feel free to write me.

All workshops have openings.

Class #1… July 5th … Author Voice
Class #2… July 5th … How to Write Thrillers
Class #3… July 5th … Adding Suspense to Your Writing
Class #4… July 5th … Plotting With Depth
Class #5… July 5th … Character Development
Class #6… July 6th … Depth in Writing
Class #7… July 6th … Advanced Character and Dialog
Class #8… July 6th … Cliffhangers
Class #9… July 6th … Pacing Your Novel
Class #10… July 6th … Teams in Fiction

Classic Workshops and Lectures are also available at any time.

Two New Online Workshops Announced

Two New Online Workshops Announced!

Two of the workshops I asked about last week are going to start in August.

We are taking sign-ups for both right now since the July workshops are starting in one week.

Writing Mystery and Reader Expectations

The two new workshops have also been added to the September and one of them to the October schedule which are listed under the Online Workshops tab above.

I know it is hard to imagine, but July is almost here. All but one of the July workshops have only one or no one signed up, so if you want almost private lessons from me and Kris in July, this would be the time to sign up.

And the two new workshops are limited as well, so don’t delay on those.

More details on the two workshops below. Feel free to ask if you have any questions.

Class #1… July 5th … Author Voice
Class #2… July 5th … How to Write Thrillers
Class #3… July 5th … Adding Suspense to Your Writing
Class #4… July 5th … Plotting With Depth
Class #5… July 5th … Character Development
Class #6… July 6th … Depth in Writing
Class #7… July 6th … Advanced Character and Dialog
Class #8… July 6th … Cliffhangers
Class #9… July 6th … Pacing Your Novel
Class #10… July 6th … Teams in Fiction

Class #11… Aug 2nd … The Business of Writing
Class #12… Aug 2nd … Expectations (Writing on the Rails)
Class #13… Aug 2nd … Writing Mysteries
Class #14… Aug 2nd … Ideas into Stories
Class #15… Aug 2nd … Teams in Fiction
Class #16… Aug 3rd … Depth in Writing
Class #17… Aug 3rd … Plotting With Depth
Class #18… Aug 3rd … Writing Fiction Sales Copy
Class #19… Aug 3rd … Writing and Selling Short Stories
Class #20… Aug 3rd … Advanced Depth

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(Starts in August)

WRITING MYSTERIES

Kristine Kathryn Rusch (also Kris Nelscott) and I both love writing mystery short stories and novels. Nominated for every major award in mystery, including three times for the Edgar Award, Kris also won the Ellery Queen Award numbers of times. As always, Kris and I will be planning this workshop together.

Finally, we bring our love of mysteries to an online workshop. This workshop will not only give you really clear knowledge of exactly what makes a story or novel a mystery, but we will also talk about the sometimes fine lines between the subgenres.

The five assignments in this workshop will go straight to the heart of the different mystery elements.

Writing mysteries seems vast in nature, but in six weeks you will feel far more confident about the stories and books you write and call mystery. And also, you’ll know where to put your books on the electronic bookshelves to make sure the readers who would enjoy them get to them.

Mystery and mystery elements can also be part of any novel, from young adult to science fiction and beyond. Learning mystery craft skills will help all your novels and stories hold readers. Kris taught a mystery workshop here on the coast a while back, but we will make this one very, very different.

Online, we can be more focused on the craft, the techniques, and the varied subgenres. This workshop will improve your writing in a lot more ways than just writing mystery stories.

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(Starts in August)

EXPECTATIONS WORKSHOP

Reader Expectations or Writing on the Rails

There is often a fine line to writing to market, which can often hurt a writer, to writing so that a reader’s expectations can be filled. To have a reader be satisfied that the promises you  made to them in your cover, your blurb, your opening is critical to a reader buying the next book in your series or the next book you write.

So how do you know what a reader is expecting in all the different genres and subgenres?

That’s what this workshop is about. That’s what this workshop will teach you to understand so you can do it automatically.

“Writing on the Rails” is a term to describe when a writer starts a story off in a certain direction with promises of a certain ending and those promises are fulfilled. But there is a problem. If that sort of writing is obvious, characters cardboard, and readers are way ahead of your story, the readers will stop.

So “On the Rails” means reader expectations are met and you have done your job with the characters and pacing and such.

In every genre there are a bunch of reader expectations that if you follow, you sell more copies and get readers telling others about your book. Doesn’t mean the book isn’t original, not at all. It means that in your original story you gave readers what they wanted.

Reader expectations for me are so ingrained now, I don’t even much think about them and never as I write.

Readers need to care about your story and your characters while at the same time allowing the reader to feel secure that you will fill your promise you made to them for a certain type of book.

For example: You promise a cozy mystery, then have a gunfight in the middle of the book with blood and lots of dead bodies. Cozy readers will put the book down because you promised them a cozy and didn’t deliver.

Or you put a spaceship on the cover of your most recent sf book and there is no spaceship.

Readers hate having promises broken and won’t buy more of your books.

So this workshop is all about all those expectations a reader has coming into all the varied genres and subgenres. Once you know about the expectations, understand deeply that you are writing for someone else on the other side of the typing, you can then just go ahead and write for yourself.

In other words, a lot of this workshop will be awareness. A massive amount of awareness that has never been covered in any way in any other workshop we have done. We did one workshop that is now a classic called Genre Structure, but that workshop didn’t cover any of this. In fact, it would be a nice fit with this one.

After you get through this workshop, you will have faith that you are fulfilling reader expectations. And that faith will help your sales and your writing.

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New Challenge Starting

New Challenge Starting

I talked about a new challenge back at the first of the year, but realized after I had started it that my timing was off. So now the timing is right and I am starting up The Year of Short Fiction. See below for details.

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The Day

Writers meeting up behind the new store, then worked on workshop stuff and writing stuff in my office at WMG until 7 p.m., then off to the grocery store, then home to cook dinner.

Did the workshop assignments, then went out and kept reading the book I have been reading lately. It’s got me hooked. (grin) Only reason I mention it is that I read longer than normal.

Got in here around 1 a.m. and worked on the writing side setting up my writing stuff for this new challenge, then came back here and did the announcement for the two new workshops starting in August.

No plan to write tonight, but it’s still early so I may do a nonfiction piece I have to do.

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New Workshops Announced

In August, Writing Mystery and Reader Expectations workshops will start. Post above this with details if you missed it.

Taking sign-ups now. Got a hunch both of them might fill.

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July Workshop Schedule

All July workshops have room. All are limited to five writers max. And they all start up a week from Tuesday and Wednesday. Just over a week away.

All details at www.wmgpublishingworkshops.com

Class #1… July 5th … Author Voice
Class #2… July 5th … How to Write Thrillers
Class #3… July 5th … Adding Suspense to Your Writing
Class #4… July 5th … Plotting With Depth
Class #5… July 5th … Character Development
Class #6… July 6th … Depth in Writing
Class #7… July 6th … Advanced Character and Dialog
Class #8… July 6th … Cliffhangers
Class #9… July 6th … Pacing Your Novel
Class #10… July 6th … Teams in Fiction

Classic Workshops and Lectures are also available at any time.

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Topic of the Night: New Challenge

I’m going to put here an altered version of the post from last January. A bunch of stuff very different. But the challenge I started and then postponed to now is not forgotten. Here it is in new form.

THE YEAR OF SHORT FICTION

I had so much fun writing those 32 stories in July (Stories from July now out in electronic and paper), I started instantly looking around for a way to do it again. Drove my friends nuts as I tried to work out a way to not make the idea of writing a lot of short stories every month something that made sense.

So finally, working with Allyson at WMG Publishing, and talking with Kris, I came up with the idea of THE YEAR OF SHORT FICTION: A Twelve Volume Series.

Here is the challenge in overall summary, then I will break it down to how it will work.

I want to write about 200 new and original short stories starting from July 1st and going to the last day of June 2017. Not flash fiction, but regular short stories of varied lengths. And I hope to write them in all my various series as well and come up with new series as well.

I will do what I did last July. I will start from a title and on the blog I’ll explain where the title came from and how the writing went.

The short term goal is to do at least 32 short stories in July to match what I did last year. That will get me off to a great start.

If you do math, you know I need to write about 17 stories per month to hit 200 stories in a year. Some months I will do more, others not so many. Nature of life and writing.

But 200 original short stories is more stories than most writers write in entire careers. So this should be interesting to watch over the year, to say the least.

I will also hope to write a dozen novels over the year while doing this and a few more nonfiction books.

Yes, I have done the math. If I manage to write 200 stories at an average of 4,000 words each, that’s 800,000 words. And twelve novels will add in another 600,000 words of original fiction. Not counting non-fiction and blogs and all that.

So that’s an elephant. How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.

So here are my bites.

I will continue to get out Smith’s Monthly every month to subscribers and Patreon supporters. That will be my major focus.

I will write on a short story every night that I can. I will just focus on the night and the story and not look much at the overall picture as I go. I will just enjoy the process of writing a short story.

And I will report here about every short story, as well as the writing of the novels.

As the fall goes, I will start putting the stories into 15 story collections, one labeled per month, starting in the month of January, 2017.

The January pub date will allow me to be ahead on the challenge and for WMG to offer subscriptions and other things on the twelve volume series. By then it will be clear I can make it through the twelve volumes as well. (grin)

Also, the reason I will write extra stories is that I hope to send some of them off to major magazines along the way and put some in Fiction River. And, of course, I will need stories for Smith’s Monthly at some point.  I will report on those as well.

So that’s my new year coming up, starting from July 1st as I renew the challenge of writing 32 short stories in July.

If nothing else, it should be entertaining to watch me struggle with some of this.

Thanks for all the support. Onward.

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Totals For Year 3, Month 11, Day 26

Writing in Public blog streak… Day 1,012

— Daily Fiction: 00 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 66,600 words  

— Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 900 words 

— Blog Posts: 1,900 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 17,300 words

— E-mail: 21 e-mails. Approx. 900 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 410 e-mails. Approx. 26,400 words

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

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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 as time goes on. 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.

And thanks.
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If you would like to leave a tip just hit Paypal.me/deanwesleysmith (Goes to WMG Publishing account, but I’ll get it just fine.)

New Smith’s Monthly Issues

New Smith’s Monthly Issues

Turned in Issues #31 and #32 and will turn in Issue #33, the June issue of Smith’s Monthly, when Kris finishes reading the novel I just wrote.

So almost caught up to the dates on the magazine.

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The Day

Roamed out to our original store, now called the south store and helped out there for a time with a rush of customers. Kind of fun.

Then headed to WMG offices to work on workshop stuff for a time. Then home to take a short nap and cook dinner.

Then, after a little e-mail, I sat and read for a while. (Some of you wondered if I read, of course I do. I’ll mention it when it takes up more than a few hours, all right? (grin) Otherwise, just assume I read regularly all sorts of stuff.)

Then I got in here and started working on putting the issues of Smith’s Monthly together. Got both of them sent off to WMG by 3 a.m. Then went and read some more before coming back in here to do this.

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July Workshop Schedule

All July workshops have room. All are limited to five writers max. And they all start up a week from Tuesday and Wednesday. Just over a week away.

All details at www.wmgpublishingworkshops.com

Class #1… July 5th … Author Voice
Class #2… July 5th … How to Write Thrillers
Class #3… July 5th … Adding Suspense to Your Writing
Class #4… July 5th … Plotting With Depth
Class #5… July 5th … Character Development
Class #6… July 6th … Depth in Writing
Class #7… July 6th … Advanced Character and Dialog
Class #8… July 6th … Cliffhangers
Class #9… July 6th … Pacing Your Novel
Class #10… July 6th … Teams in Fiction

Classic Workshops and Lectures are also available at any time.

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Nifty New Bundle (Just leaving this here one more day)

My Seeders Universe novel, Morning Song is in a new science fiction adventure bundle. Morning Song is about a massive ghost space ship inward bound to cause destruction in a galaxy. Massive science fiction adventure on a very large scale. If you haven’t read any of my Seeders Universe novels, this would be a good one to start with.

Adventure SF ad 2016

You can get the bundle at www.storybundle.com/scifi

And oh, yeah, you also get science fiction novels in this bundle by Kevin J. Anderson, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Alan Dean Foster, Brian Herbert, Todd McCaffrey, Jean Rabe and Gene DeWeese and others.  Plus two major sf anthologies and also Tales of Dune edited by Kevin J. Anderson and Brian Herbert.

14 books total plus a sneak peak of a new Dune book and a new major bestselling book by Kevin.

So buy it for my book and when you get a chance, read all the rest of them as well. (grin)

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Topic of the Night: I Have Raised Expectations

I found it kind of funny that I am so expected to write things quickly that writing a 40,000 word novel in ten days didn’t even get a mention by anyone. And I honestly wasn’t expecting it.

Of course, it took me three months this winter to write one as well. No one said I was doing it right then either. (grin)

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Totals For Year 3, Month 11, Day 25

Writing in Public blog streak… Day 1,011

— Daily Fiction: 00 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 66,600 words  

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

— Blog Posts: 300 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 15,400 words

— E-mail: 14 e-mails. Approx. 400 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 389 e-mails. Approx. 25,500 words

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

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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 as time goes on. 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.

And thanks.
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If you would like to leave a tip just hit Paypal.me/deanwesleysmith (Goes to WMG Publishing account, but I’ll get it just fine.)

Novel Finished

Novel Finished

Yup, finished the second novel of the month. Of course, the last one I started last month, but got this one done in ten days.

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The Day

I paid no attention to the day today, honestly. Got home from being out doing errands around 5:30 p.m. and I worked, off and on, until 4:30 a.m. on finishing the novel. Mostly on.

I wrote about 7,100 total words and cut out about fifteen hundred total, which isn’t bad for me. Book came in just under 40,000 words.

The Taft Ranch: A Thunder Mountain Novel will be in Smith’s Monthly #33. I will be turning in the issue to WMG, along with the two issues before it on Monday or so. Patreon and subscription folks will get the volumes in a month or so.

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July Workshop Schedule

All July workshops have room. All are limited to five writers max.

All details at www.wmgpublishingworkshops.com

Class #1… July 5th … Author Voice
Class #2… July 5th … How to Write Thrillers
Class #3… July 5th … Adding Suspense to Your Writing
Class #4… July 5th … Plotting With Depth
Class #5… July 5th … Character Development
Class #6… July 6th … Depth in Writing
Class #7… July 6th … Advanced Character and Dialog
Class #8… July 6th … Cliffhangers
Class #9… July 6th … Pacing Your Novel
Class #10… July 6th … Teams in Fiction

Classic Workshops and Lectures are also available at any time.

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Nifty New Bundle 

My Seeders Universe novel, Morning Song is in a new science fiction adventure bundle. Morning Song is about a massive ghost space ship inward bound to cause destruction in a galaxy. Massive science fiction adventure on a very large scale. If you haven’t read any of my Seeders Universe novels, this would be a good one to start with.

Adventure SF ad 2016

You can get the bundle at www.storybundle.com/scifi

And oh, yeah, you also get science fiction novels in this bundle by Kevin J. Anderson, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Alan Dean Foster, Brian Herbert, Todd McCaffrey, Jean Rabe and Gene DeWeese and others.  Plus two major sf anthologies and also Tales of Dune edited by Kevin J. Anderson and Brian Herbert.

14 books total plus a sneak peak of a new Dune book and a new major bestselling book by Kevin.

So buy it for my book and when you get a chance, read all the rest of them as well. (grin)

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Topic of the Night: Novel in Ten Writing Days

Yeah, didn’t set out to do it, but finished this book in ten writing days. I think it took me about 14 days to actually do it since I took a few off along the way, but ten writing days.

Felt like a very comfortable pace, actually.

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The Writing of The Taft Ranch: A Thunder Mountain Novel

Day 1… 1,050 words.   Total words so far… 1,050 words.
Day 2… 3,300 words.   Total words so far… 4,350 words.
Day 3… 5,250 words.   Total words so far… 9,600 words.
Day 4… 5,350 words.   Total words so far… 14,950 words.
Day 5… 4,350 words.   Total words so far… 19,300 words.
Day 6… 4,250 words.   Total words so far… 23,550 words.
Day 7… 4,800 words.   Total words so far… 28,350 words.
Day 8… 2,450 words.   Total words so far… 30,800 words.
Day 9… 3,450 words.   Total words so far… 34,250 words.
Last Day…7,100 words.   Total words written… 41,350 words.

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Totals For Year 3, Month 11, Day 24

Writing in Public blog streak… Day 1,010

— Daily Fiction: 7,100 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 66,600 words  

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

— Blog Posts: 400 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 15,100 words

— E-mail: 11 e-mails. Approx. 400 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 375 e-mails. Approx. 25,100 words

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

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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 as time goes on. 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.

And thanks.
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If you would like to leave a tip just hit Paypal.me/deanwesleysmith (Goes to WMG Publishing account, but I’ll get it just fine.)

Fun Workshop Poll Results

Fun Workshop Poll Results

Thank you, everyone, for chiming in on what might interest you on the three workshops Kris and I were talking about.

Very clear that the Expectations (writing on the rails) workshop and the Mystery workshop were the two big winners.

More on that below..

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The Day

Got out of bed late and missed one meeting and from that point on the afternoon seemed to be behind. So I did some work in our new bookstore and then headed home to take a nap.

Kris cooked dinner, I did dishes and did e-mail and then went to reading a book I’ve been looking forward to reading.

So didn’t get to the writing until around 11 p.m.

I did 1,050 words before heading to watch television.

Spent too long watching television and didn’t get back to the writing until around 2:30 a.m.

Wrote 1,100 words before 3:30 a.m.

Took a short break, then wrote 1,300 words before 4:20 a.m. when I stopped to come over here and write this.

So 3,450 words.

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July Workshop Schedule

All July workshops have room. All are limited to five writers max.

All details at www.wmgpublishingworkshops.com

Class #1… July 5th … Author Voice
Class #2… July 5th … How to Write Thrillers
Class #3… July 5th … Adding Suspense to Your Writing
Class #4… July 5th … Plotting With Depth
Class #5… July 5th … Character Development
Class #6… July 6th … Depth in Writing
Class #7… July 6th … Advanced Character and Dialog
Class #8… July 6th … Cliffhangers
Class #9… July 6th … Pacing Your Novel
Class #10… July 6th … Teams in Fiction

Classic Workshops and Lectures are also available at any time.

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Nifty New Bundle 

My Seeders Universe novel, Morning Song is in a new science fiction adventure bundle. Morning Song is about a massive ghost space ship inward bound to cause destruction in a galaxy. Massive science fiction adventure on a very large scale. If you haven’t read any of my Seeders Universe novels, this would be a good one to start with.

Adventure SF ad 2016

You can get the bundle at www.storybundle.com/scifi

And oh, yeah, you also get science fiction novels in this bundle by Kevin J. Anderson, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Alan Dean Foster, Brian Herbert, Todd McCaffrey, Jean Rabe and Gene DeWeese and others.  Plus two major sf anthologies and also Tales of Dune edited by Kevin J. Anderson and Brian Herbert.

14 books total plus a sneak peak of a new Dune book and a new major bestselling book by Kevin.

So buy it for my book and when you get a chance, read all the rest of them as well. (grin)

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Topic of the Night: The Workshop Poll 

Again, thank you everyone who either wrote in the comments or directly by letter what workshops you liked better and had more possible interest in. Kris and I both thank you.

It’s clear that the Expectations (writing on the rails) workshop had the most interest, followed closely by Writing Mystery. And a number of people asked for more business focused workshops, which we will do later this fall or winter.

One writer asked if what I mean by writing on the rails was similar to making sure you fulfill promises to the readers that you have given them.

That’s exactly it. That’s why the workshop is going to be called Expectations. Meaning reader expectations, but it could be called Fulfilling Promises just as easily.

What do I mean by “Fulfilling promises to your readers?” This takes all sorts of forms, and why learning about this is going to take a six week workshop.

The most basic forms of this: If you put a spaceship on the cover of your book, you better give your readers science fiction. Very simple, huh?

But yet, so difficult. All of us have read books, or attempted to read books that we put down and said, “That wasn’t what I expected.”

Somewhere along the way, the author promised you, the reader, a certain type of book and then didn’t deliver on that promise. And more often than not, the promise is subtle, from how a book opens to a form of blurb.

And 100% of the time, the author didn’t know the promise they were making or even how to fulfill the promise. (A reason why the Sales Copy workshop is so critical to so many.)

And from there expectations of readers gets really complex,

Let’s say you are writing a mystery. Fine. But you don’t understand what readers expect in a mystery. And when they expect it and what to do with that expectation.

Chances are when you miss, you are forcing your story down a road because of some outline or something instead of letting your creative voice play. The creative voice, when given the awareness, knows the rails, knows the structures.

Again, that is why this is a six week workshop to even get the awareness going in many of the genres on this issue so your creative voice can then run with it and make your readers happy.

This workshop will also be about how to balance paying attention to the readers too much and allowing them into your writing process (thus critical voice in) vs writing with only creative voice and staying on the rails of a book enough to make it satisfying and not dull and predictable at the same time.

So again, thanks everyone. Kris and I will announce the new workshops at some point here. Both expectations and mystery workshops. They should both be fun.

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The Writing of The Taft Ranch: A Thunder Mountain Novel

Day 1… 1,050 words.   Total words so far… 1,050 words.
Day 2… 3,300 words.   Total words so far… 4,350 words.
Day 3… 5,250 words.   Total words so far… 9,600 words.
Day 4… 5,350 words.   Total words so far… 14,950 words.
Day 5… 4,350 words.   Total words so far… 19,300 words.
Day 6… 4,250 words.   Total words so far… 23,550 words.
Day 7… 4,800 words.   Total words so far… 28,350 words.
Day 8… 2,450 words.   Total words so far… 30,800 words.
Day 9… 3,450 words.   Total words so far… 34,250 words.

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Totals For Year 3, Month 11, Day 23

Writing in Public blog streak… Day 1,009

— Daily Fiction: 3,450 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 59,500 words  

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

— Blog Posts: 800 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 14,700 words

— E-mail: 12 e-mails. Approx. 800 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 364 e-mails. Approx. 24,700 words

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

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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 as time goes on. 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.

And thanks.
Oo4th_patreon_name

If you would like to leave a tip just hit Paypal.me/deanwesleysmith (Goes to WMG Publishing account, but I’ll get it just fine.)

Some New Workshop Ideas

New Workshop Ideas

After meetings this afternoon, Kris and I headed over to the valley to do some shopping, have dinner and see a movie. On the way back we got talking about ideas for new workshops. See topic of the night below on a few of them.

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The Day

WMG Publishing meeting at 2 p.m. and then around 4 p.m. Kris and I headed for the valley. We live on the Oregon Coast, so at times we go into the Wallamette Valley to just get away.

So we did some shopping, had diner and saw a movie.

Got home around 12 p.m. and I did a little e-mail, watched some news, had a snack, and got to my writing computer around 1:30 a.m.

I did 1,250 words by 2:30 a.m., took a break.

Did another 1,200 words by 3:30 a.m. when I decided I was too tired to keep going.

So 2,450 words today and a fun afternoon and evening in the valley.

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July Workshop Schedule

All July workshops have room. All are limited to five writers max.

All details at www.wmgpublishingworkshops.com

Class #1… July 5th … Author Voice
Class #2… July 5th … How to Write Thrillers
Class #3… July 5th … Adding Suspense to Your Writing
Class #4… July 5th … Plotting With Depth
Class #5… July 5th … Character Development
Class #6… July 6th … Depth in Writing
Class #7… July 6th … Advanced Character and Dialog
Class #8… July 6th … Cliffhangers
Class #9… July 6th … Pacing Your Novel
Class #10… July 6th … Teams in Fiction

Classic Workshops and Lectures are also available at any time.

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Topic of the Night: Some New Workshop Ideas 

We saw a movie tonight called Money Monster. Now it was a damn fine movie, and we both liked it. On the hour-long drive home, Kris asked me what I thought of the movie and I said “It was right on the rails, just perfect.”

She agreed. Great characters and a plot on the rails makes for a very, very satisfying movie.

And then Kris said, “That would make a good workshop. Teach people how to write on the rails and make the story work.”

So that was workshop idea one. Let me explain.

Every genre has reader or viewer expectations. If you, the writer, understand those expectations, you can really, really please your readers or viewers by telling an original story yet keeping it inside of viewer expectation. That’s what Kris and I call “On the rails.”

On the rails means reader expectations are met. And in every genre there are a bunch of reader expectations that if you follow, you sell more copies and get readers telling others about your book. Doesn’t mean the book isn’t original, not at all. It means that in your original story you gave readers what they wanted.

Reader expectations for me are so ingrained now, I don’t even much think about them and never as I write.

With Money Monster, that movie delivered exactly what I wanted when I went to see it. Great characters, a light message, a plot that wasn’t deep but still kept you on the edge of your seat at times because you cared about the characters.

The second workshop idea came when Kris and I were discussing that I sometimes can’t get off the Analog couch. The Analog couch term came about in one workshop when all the scientists who wrote science fiction in the workshop sat on the same couch every day and wouldn’t let a science detail go by without question.

With time travel, I am firmly on the Analog couch. I love time travel, have written so many forms of time travel, it scares me. And even though time travel is not yet science, I try to keep the ramifications of traveling in time in place in my stories.

You know the loop in Groundhog’s Day Movie? Well, I am serializing my first novel that came out a decade before that movie and that novel has a time loop in it like that. I have yet to find a place in science fiction where a time loop was used as a prison before I wrote that book in 1987, but I am sure it was done somewhere. So since my first novel, I’ve been writing time travel and studying it.

And yet, I know there is a place in stories for someone to go up and touch a stone and some magic takes the person back into time. Or have a character duck into that special closet as Stephen King did with a recent book to get the character back in time.

Kris is going to teach a coast workshop this fall (which is full) on Alternate Worlds, Time Travel, and Historical Fiction. So we thought it would be fun if I did a workshop on how to write time travel stories and novels, from ducking through a closet to multiple timeline problems of physics. A time travel workshop I teach will be nothing at all like what Kris is going to teach. Nothing.

There are a lot of tricks and ways to look at time travel that will keep your readers happy as you build great characters in the process.

The third workshop we talked about me teaching is mystery. We have a classic SF workshop and a thriller workshop. So we both thought it might be time to help some people understand how mystery can be part of any kind of novel, from young adult to science fiction or in one of the many sub genres of the mystery genre.

I have written a lot of mystery stories and novels over the years and I would have a blast teaching a mystery workshop.

And me having fine is honestly the reason I am mentioning these possible new workshops. I’ve been keeping myself focused and interested in workshops by starting new workshops this year. And retiring or putting into classic structure some of the older ones.

I want to keep learning. I learn when I teach and create these workshops. They cause Kris and I to have wonderful discussions about craft and business when we put them together.

So I need some feedback. I do not have any of these on a schedule, so no worry about signing up for any of them. In fact, some or all of them might not happen. Just let me know if any of them interest you.

#1… Workshop 1… Reader Expectations (Writing on the Rails)

#2… Workshop 2… Time Travel workshop. (How to write it.)

#3… Workshop 3… Mystery. (How to write it and use it in all genres.)

#4… All of the above interests me.

#5… None of the above interests me.

Or if you have another idea for a workshop that interests you, write me.

Feel free to leave your comments in the comments section, or write me privately. Both ways are fine.

Thanks for the help and remember, just because you say you are interested does not commit you to taking the workshop. This is just an interest poll. Some or all of these workshops might never happen.

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The Writing of The Taft Ranch: A Thunder Mountain Novel

Day 1… 1,050 words.   Total words so far… 1,050 words.
Day 2… 3,300 words.   Total words so far… 4,350 words.
Day 3… 5,250 words.   Total words so far… 9,600 words.
Day 4… 5,350 words.   Total words so far… 14,950 words.
Day 5… 4,350 words.   Total words so far… 19,300 words.
Day 6… 4,250 words.   Total words so far… 23,550 words.
Day 7… 4,800 words.   Total words so far… 28,350 words.
Day 8… 2,450 words.   Total words so far… 30,800 words.

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Totals For Year 3, Month 11, Day 22

Writing in Public blog streak… Day 1,008

— Daily Fiction: 2,450 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 56,050 words  

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

— Blog Posts: 1,100 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 13,9800 words

— E-mail: 7 e-mails. Approx. 300 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 352 e-mails. Approx. 23,900 words

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

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Wrote Too Much

Wrote Too Much

Lost track of time while working on the novel and didn’t leave myself time to do a topic of the night. Ahh, well… maybe tomorrow.

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The Day

Tuesday, some errands, almost finished the template on my short story collections.

Store at 6:30 and home by 7 to take a nap, then cook dinner.

Then I worked until 11 p.m. doing online workshop assignments.

Then I moved over to the writing compute and managed 1,300 words before heading to watch television around 12:30 a.m. I had a break in the middle of that somewhere to play with a cat.

Then after watching too much television, I made it back to my writing computer around 2 a.m. I did 1,100 words by 3 a.m.

Took a short break, did 1,300 words again by 4 a.m. As I said this novel is just humming along. And I still have no idea how it will end or where it is even going.

Short break, did 1,100 words by 4:45 a.m. when I realized what time it was and that I need to get up for meetings tomorrow.

So 4,800 words on a night I did workshop assignments. That I will take.

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July Workshop Schedule

All July workshops have room. All are limited to five writers max.

All details at www.wmgpublishingworkshops.com

Class #1… July 5th … Author Voice
Class #2… July 5th … How to Write Thrillers
Class #3… July 5th … Adding Suspense to Your Writing
Class #4… July 5th … Plotting With Depth
Class #5… July 5th … Character Development
Class #6… July 6th … Depth in Writing
Class #7… July 6th … Advanced Character and Dialog
Class #8… July 6th … Cliffhangers
Class #9… July 6th … Pacing Your Novel
Class #10… July 6th … Teams in Fiction

Classic Workshops and Lectures are also available at any time.

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Topic of the Night: Another Night, alas…. 

Got lost in the novel writing.

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The Writing of The Taft Ranch: A Thunder Mountain Novel

Day 1… 1,050 words.   Total words so far… 1,050 words.
Day 2… 3,300 words.   Total words so far… 4,350 words.
Day 3… 5,250 words.   Total words so far… 9,600 words.
Day 4… 5,350 words.   Total words so far… 14,950 words.
Day 5… 4,350 words.   Total words so far… 19,300 words.
Day 6… 4,250 words.   Total words so far… 23,550 words.
Day 7… 4,800 words.   Total words so far… 28,350 words.

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Totals For Year 3, Month 11, Day 21

Writing in Public blog streak… Day 1,007

— Daily Fiction: 4,800 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 53,600 words  

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

— Blog Posts: 300 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 12,800 words

— E-mail: 29 e-mails. Approx. 2,100 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 345 e-mails. Approx. 23,600 words

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

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Cost and Benefit of a Cash Stream

Cost and Benefit of a Cash Stream

Around here and with other writers and at WMG Publishing, decisions are constantly being made about the costs and the benefits of chasing a new cash stream. Thought I would just do a bit on the basics and then maybe come back some night with a full topic. So see below.

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The Day

Standard Monday with errands to do, then got to WMG office and worked on a cover for a collection I am going to be doing. Actually lots of collections, but worked on the cover template. Almost done.

Then home to take a nap and cook dinner. Then in here to do the workshop assignments.

All done around 11 p.m. and managed to get in 900 words of writing before heading to watch some television.

Back in here around 1:30 a.m. I got 1,050 words done before 2:15.

Then a short break and 1,200 words by 3:15.

Another short break, then 1,100 words by 4 a.m.

Still humming along on the book, no idea where it’s going, but after tonight it is 4,250 words closer.

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July Workshop Schedule

All July workshops have room. All are limited to five writers max. But at the moment there are very few in any of the workshops. No surprise in this time of great forgetting. This way every year.

All details at www.wmgpublishingworkshops.com

Class #1… July 5th … Author Voice
Class #2… July 5th … How to Write Thrillers
Class #3… July 5th … Adding Suspense to Your Writing
Class #4… July 5th … Plotting With Depth
Class #5… July 5th … Character Development
Class #6… July 6th … Depth in Writing
Class #7… July 6th … Advanced Character and Dialog
Class #8… July 6th … Cliffhangers
Class #9… July 6th … Pacing Your Novel
Class #10… July 6th … Teams in Fiction

Classic Workshops and Lectures are also available at any time.

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Topic of the Night: Some Basics on Cost and Benefits

of Getting New Cash Streams 

This post is about the decision to try to add in a new cash stream. And this post is only basics, nothing more. I hope to do a much longer post in the near future on this.

Anyway, a cash stream in publishing is exactly what it sounds in the name. It is something that flows money to you regularly.

Amazon US is a cash stream. Or if you wanted to break it down even more, every title you have licensed for readers through Amazon US is a cash stream.

Every title through Kobo, Amazon international stores, B&N, iBooks, Smashwords, D2D, Overdrive, and so on and so on.

WMG Publishing has over 650 titles now. Each is a cash stream in all the places we have them licensed for sale. See why WMG can afford nine employees?

Each license of copyright generates a stream of income, you hope. And those streams are put together and sent to you monthly (for the most part) from each store.

Paper books are cash streams for each of your titles, especially since paper books are not finite anymore with print runs, but are like electronic books, licensed one-at-a-time for production.

At WMG Publishing some of our products also have subscriptions, which is a cash stream. And we sell to brick and motor stores and sell WMG books through our own store as well. All cash streams.

Our stores are cash streams. Our three ebay shops are cash streams. And on and on and on. You get the idea.

More cash streams flowing, the bigger the river of money.

But it seems that every day almost, there is something new to try to decide about. Some possible new cash stream. And that’s where the cost/benefit analysis comes in.

Let me give an example:

A month or so back I put up on YouTube an entire online workshop that had been retired for a year or more. I had no information about how it would do and I put it up basically to gather more information.

The information I got was this: In the two plus months it has been out there available, a number of people have watched it all the way through, all six weeks. That worked out to be about $28 through AdSense for the ads. (A lot more than I expected, actually.)

It took me about six hours of my time, one hour per week of videos, to get them to YouTube.

Now, if that was where it all ended, I can tell you this, six hours of my time is worth a ton more than $28.00. (grin)

But those videos, it turned out, brought some people into the online workshops. Now I have cut the online workshops back to only five per workshop maximum and they were still not filling by a long ways. In many workshops these days I give private lessons to people.

I don’t mind, but honestly at some point we will get back to my time and income analysis there. At some point. So the YouTube videos introduced a few more people to the online workshops. So the value of my six hours turned out to be worth it.

So the basics of looking at any cash stream are these:

  1. Look to see where the work might bring in cash. Realistic.
  2. Count the amount of time it will take and value that time.
  3. Count the actual money it will take to start the stream.
  4. Compare your costs to the possible income and make the decision from the numbers only.

I did an experiment with that old workshop on YouTube. If I had to spend the weeks of time to record a brand new workshop for YouTube, I would never do it. No return on the time and money spent.

But using an already recorded retired workshop cut my time down to about six hours and thus, with the new people finding the workshops from the YouTube videos, it made it worth the time.

I might even put up another of the retired workshops later this summer or this fall. It might be worth doing after the time of great forgetting.

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The Writing of The Taft Ranch: A Thunder Mountain Novel

Day 1… 1,050 words.   Total words so far… 1,050 words.
Day 2… 3,300 words.   Total words so far… 4,350 words.
Day 3… 5,250 words.   Total words so far… 9,600 words.
Day 4… 5,350 words.   Total words so far… 14,950 words.
Day 5… 4,350 words.   Total words so far… 19,300 words.
Day 6… 4,250 words.   Total words so far… 23,550 words.

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Totals For Year 3, Month 11, Day 20

Writing in Public blog streak… Day 1,006

— Daily Fiction: 4,250 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 48,800 words  

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

— Blog Posts: 900 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 12,500 words

— E-mail: 26 e-mails. Approx. 1,800 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 316 e-mails. Approx. 21,500 words

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

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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 as time goes on. 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.

And thanks.
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Goodbye Miss Thang

Miss Thang

The very sick elderly cat we have been trying to get back to health for the last two months didn’t make it. More on all that below.

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The Day

Started the day off with a visit to the vet.

Then back to WMG store for the writer’s meeting and lunch in the back area.

It feels sort of strange, actually, to have a writer’s meeting in a store I own. In my first bookstore, both the science fiction club and the writer’s workshop met in my store every week. One on Tuesday, one on Thursday.

That was in 1982-1984. Things go around and come around again in 2016.

Then I went home early to take a long nap.

Kris cooked and I did dishes, then worked on workshop assignments.

Then another nap, then I finally got to the writing around 11 p.m.

I managed 1,200 words, powering along before midnight.

Took a break to read a blog from Kris, then went downstairs to watch some television.

Back in here around 1:30 a.m. and got another 1,050 words done by 2:15 a.m.

Short break, another 1,000 words even by 3 a.m.

Short break, another 1,100 words by 4 a.m.

So 4,350 words.

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July Workshop Schedule

All July workshops have room. All are limited to five writers max. But at the moment there are very few in any of the workshops. No surprise in this time of great forgetting. This way every year.

All details at www.wmgpublishingworkshops.com

Class #1… July 5th … Author Voice
Class #2… July 5th … How to Write Thrillers
Class #3… July 5th … Adding Suspense to Your Writing
Class #4… July 5th … Plotting With Depth
Class #5… July 5th … Character Development
Class #6… July 6th … Depth in Writing
Class #7… July 6th … Advanced Character and Dialog
Class #8… July 6th … Cliffhangers
Class #9… July 6th … Pacing Your Novel
Class #10… July 6th … Teams in Fiction

Classic Workshops and Lectures are also available at any time.

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Topic of the Night: Sending Miss Thang Onward

Two months ago Kris shouted to me to come help her with a cat that had appeared on our doorstep. Actually, we had both seen the cat a few times the previous few days, but now it decided it didn’t care about our powerful outdoor tomcat by the name of Toughie. The little cat needed food.

Turns out she really, really needed food. She was on the verge of dying from hunger. She wouldn’t have made it through the night.

(Picture is me holding her right after her last bath.)

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We took her to the vet who told us the cat was old and likely wouldn’t make it, but we should try getting it back fed and hydrated and see what happened. She weighed four pounds and was mostly all bones.

One of the writers at the romance workshop that was going on thought about taking her home, but then, luckily, couldn’t. (The little cat would not have survived the drive.) At first we had put the cat up at WMG and the wonderful writer gave the cat a bath. The cat smelled so bad and was so dirty, it was scary.

Kris and I took the cat home a few days later, putting her in two rooms we could close off from the other cats. And we fed her constantly, all kinds of food and treats, four times a day. Kris went above and beyond the call of duty making sure Miss Thang had food.

A week later we took her back to the vet, who said she was doing better, was now hydrated, and they did tests to make sure things like kidneys were working. Again we all agreed that this little girl was very old. And she needed her teeth fixed to be really comfortable eating and have a chance at longer term survival.

As time went by, it was turning out she was a love. She purred all the time and loved to be held. And she had a voice on her that made her sound like she had smoked far too many cigarettes in her day.

Every night when I watched television, she would sit beside me in my chair and purr.

She clearly had been someone’s cat and we figure, more than likely, her person died and some jerk relative tossed her outside where she starved. Happens more than I want to think about around here.

So we bathed her again because she still smelled awful. Then we kept feeding her and two weeks later we took her back to get her teeth fixed. The doctors gave her a 50% chance of making it through the surgery. We all figured it was her best shot at a few more years of life, so we gave permission for the surgery and she made it through it with flying colors.

She was one tough little cat.

And she rallied after that, eating more and looking better and smelling better after yet another bath. (She complained about baths, but clearly loved them when done.)

But after three weeks, just after we stopped the antibiotics, she started a quick decline.

And she started smelling really bad again.

We gave her another bath and it didn’t help. Something was really going wrong with her. And she wasn’t eating much suddenly, even though she seemed to want to.

So last night she fell asleep in my arms and later, when trying to walk, she just fell over.

It was finally her time.

So this morning, after a great two-month fight, she moved on.

She was a real personality. A real love. We only had her for two months, but we will remember her always.

And I hope that the person who tossed her out or dumped her after she lost her person ends up dying of hunger and some horrid disease.

And if any of you reading this think cats should be treated that way, please go away. You aren’t worth my time.

You aren’t worth anyone’s time, actually.

Goodbye Miss Thang. It was a pleasure to get to know you for a few months.

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The Writing of The Taft Ranch: A Thunder Mountain Novel

Day 1… 1,050 words.   Total words so far… 1,050 words.
Day 2… 3,300 words.   Total words so far… 4,350 words.
Day 3… 5,250 words.   Total words so far… 9,600 words.
Day 4… 5,350 words.   Total words so far… 14,950 words.
Day 5… 4,350 words.   Total words so far… 19,300 words.

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Totals For Year 3, Month 11, Day 19

Writing in Public blog streak… Day 1,005

— Daily Fiction: 4,350 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 44,550 words  

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

— Blog Posts: 900 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 11,600 words

— E-mail: 21 e-mails. Approx. 1,400 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 291 e-mails. Approx. 19,700 words

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

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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 as time goes on. Thanks for your support.

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Class #2… July 5th … How to Write Thrillers
Class #3… July 5th … Adding Suspense to Your Writing
Class #4… July 5th … Plotting With Depth
Class #5… July 5th … Character Development
Class #6… July 6th … Depth in Writing
Class #7… July 6th … Advanced Character and Dialog
Class #8… July 6th … Cliffhangers
Class #9… July 6th … Pacing Your Novel
Class #10... July 6th … Teams in Fiction

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Class #12… Aug 2nd … Expectations (Writing on the Rails)
Class #13… Aug 2nd … Writing Mysteries
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Class #15… Aug 2nd … Teams in Fiction
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Class #20… Aug 3rd … Advanced Depth

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Class #22… Sept 6th … How to Write Thrillers
Class #23… Sept 6th … Adding Suspense to Your Writing
Class #24… Sept 6th … Writing Mysteries
Class #25… Sept 6th … Character Development
Class #26… Sept 7th … Depth in Writing
Class #27… Sept 7th … Advanced Character and Dialog
Class #28… Sept 7th … Cliffhangers
Class #29… Sept 7th … Pacing Your Novel
Class #30... Sept 7th …Expectations (Writing on the Rails)

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Class #32… Oct 4th … Character Voice/Setting
Class #33… Oct 4th … Writing Mysteries
Class #34… Oct 4th … Ideas into Stories
Class #35… Oct 4th … Teams in Fiction
Class #36… Oct 5th … Depth in Writing
Class #37… Oct 5th … Plotting With Depth
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Class #40… Oct 5th … Advanced Depth

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