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.”
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.
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.
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)
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
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
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