April Online Workshops

APRIL ONLINE WORKSHOPS

All but two of the April Online Workshops have openings. Click the workshop button for description and sign-up.

Each workshop is six weeks long and takes about 3-4 hours per week to do.

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

All but two workshops have openings at the moment.

Class #31… April 6th … Making a Living
Class #32… April 6th … How to Write Series Novels
Class #33… April 6th … Discoverability
Class #34… April 6th … Ideas into Stories
Class #35… April 7th … Pitches and Blurbs
Class #36… April 7th … Depth in Writing
Class #37… April 7th … Productivity
Class #38… April 8th … Strength (Full)
Class #39… April 8th … Strength (Full)
Class #40… April 8th … How to Write Science Fiction

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ALL WORKSHOPS START ON MONDAY, TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY.

 

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Writing in Public: Year 2, Month 8, Day 27


Year 2, Month 8, Day 27 of this Writing in Public challenge.

Kris read Calling Dead: A Cold Poker Gang, could not tell where I cut it in the slightest, and said it worked. A couple minor fixes which I have done already and added about 700 words.

Today was almost back to normal. I went to the WMG offices, then to the post office, then out to do some walking with a friend. I actually had more energy walking than I thought, so that’s good.

Then to a bank and back to WMG offices to work on Smith’s Monthly and putting together a new lecture.

Home to pick up Kris at 5:30 p.m. and we headed down the coast to Newport to get some supplies, have a nice dinner, and then go grocery shopping.

Home to watch some television around 9 p.m. and then I got in here and started working on a short story around 10 p.m.

I finished one story that I had started a long time ago, then worked on a new story. That session added about 1,600 words to the day with a slight break in the middle.

By then Kris had finished Calling Dead and we talked about it for a minute, then headed to watch some television.

I got back in here around 1:30 a.m. and by 2:30 a.m. had the corrections in and the novel ready to be included in Smith’s Monthly.

Then I worked on yet another short story for a short session, getting around 600 words done. Then worked on putting the contents of the new Smith’s Monthly together. This will be the second one the Patreon supporters will get. The first is almost formatted now and is the one I’m working on at the office. You will be getting it next week in electronic and paper supporters a week after that.

So a fun day, fun dinner, and 3,100 words on all sorts of stuff. Fun day.

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Note: Pitches and Blurbs workshop for April only has two spots left open in it. And Productivity has four spots left. Also both Strengths workshops are full. This is the first month all winter that some workshops have been nearing being full. Not sure what it is about April. (grin)

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Topic of the Night: Just Start!

In the summer of 2013, I had one novel that could be put up indie. Just one. A thriller called Dead Money.

A bunch of short stories, but those were not selling well, since they were only branded to the author name and across all genres.

One novel. Out of the hundred plus I had written. That’s all I had. (It was why during that period I would get so annoyed at beginning writers telling me how I had this huge head start on them. One novel head start is all.)

And what I discovered was that all the media novels were selling better than my short fiction, so when you searched my name, all you got was Trek and gaming novels and so on. What original work I had was buried by my own work, work that I was earning nothing much from.

So I had to get to work and get writing.

Yesterday, I just finished my 18th novel since that summer (less than 20 months) and I also wrote five nonfiction books. Plus I have two books done during that time that were serialized in Smith’s Monthly that are not out yet. So 20 novels and five nonfiction books in 20 months. (All while spending 40 plus hours per week at WMG and workshops.)

I have out 16 issues of Smith’s Monthly. And a ton of my work is in audio and I’ve been in a bunch of bundles and so on. In fact, last year was my best writing income, maybe ever. And 2015 is going great so far.

Yeah, I know, if you look at my novel rankings on one site, you won’t see how that could be. That’s why I keep shouting over and over and over to not have your work only in one spot. I made a good living by most people’s standards last year on just bundles alone.

And I would have not had anything in those bundles if I hadn’t just started writing in the summer of 2013.

In 2014 I put out 26 major titles. (No short fiction, no collections.)

And now when you search my name on a site, some media still comes up, but mostly my original books are outselling most of my Trek novels.

Those of you following along here have watched me do it. Right from August 2013.

And I’m still going onward. My hope this year is to have out over 50 new major titles. That will include issues of Smith’s Monthly, novels, nonfiction books, and finally some collections to get some of my short fiction finally earning again.

So what is the key? Just keep writing.

If you don’t have a lot of titles, if you find yourself in the position I was in that summer of 2013, just stop promoting your one book, put your head down and learn how to tell better stories and produce novels and other major titles.

In other words, stop complaining and get to work.

One last story.

A really annoying newer writer was pestering me about 20 years ago at a convention. This writer seemed to think, seemed to believe, that I had some secret to why I was selling so many books. And he decided he was going to make me tell him “the secret.” He had followed me around for most of the day.

So finally, on one panel, this guy asked a really annoying question from the audience and I just got fed up.

Now understand, I was on a panel with four book writers who thought they knew it all as well because they had sold a few books, and that was annoying me as well. Mostly in those instances, I just clam up and let the “experts” just yammer.

That year, I had written eleven major novels and had published thirteen through traditional publishers. And had book deadlines at that point for more novels than any writer on the panel had published in their entire career.

But this annoying young writer was determined to not let me clam up and let the “experts” talk. He asked me directly why I had sold so many books and lasted so long.

I looked at him and said simply, “I’m successful because I work harder than anyone in this room. In the last twelve months I wrote eleven novels. How many did you write?”

Shut him up.

And didn’t make me any friends on that panel. But all of the “experts” are now long gone into “whatever-happened-to” land.

So you want to make a great living at writing fiction in this new world? Do the following:

— Never stop learning craft and the business. Keep your focus on learning.

— Write a lot of books.

— Don’t stop or give up.

That really is the secret.

There, now I have given the keys to the mansion away.

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Totals For Year 2, Month 8, Day 27

— Daily Fiction: 3,100 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 32,900 words  

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

— Blog Posts: 1,200 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 16,050 words

— E-mail: 15 e-mails. Approx. 400 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 574 e-mails. Approx. 18,600 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 8, Day 26


Year 2, Month 8, Day 26 of this Writing in Public challenge.

Last day of writing the novel CALLING DEAD: A Cold Poker Gang Novel.

Yes, I finally finished the thing and it is waiting for Kris to read it now. No where near as long as the words I actually wrote on the thing, but that’s all right. Tight book, and I hope it moves fast.

We shall see. I am no judge.

I started this book back around January 23rd or so. Two months for a short mystery novel. Considering that I lost most of a month with workshop and sickness, I suppose that’s not bad. But now I can say truthfully that if someone asks me how long I take to write a novel, I’ll say about two months. (grin)

That answer astounds people lost in the myths because of the blazing speed it implies. It means I must have worked day and night the entire time.

Uhhh… no.

But today I did write for about four hours, with breaks, and got 5,100 words, and got the book done, so I’m happy with the day.

Also, I did a bunch of stuff up at WMG offices. So a good day.

Topic of the Night: Change

One thing about writing, change is critical in staying fresh. Often one book will require one approach, another a different approach.

And the business of publishing has been in vast change over the past five years, and that’s not stopping or slowing down in any way. Writers must stay on top of the change as best we can.

This web site, a poor excuse of a writer’s web site, will be changing slowly as well over the next few months. I didn’t much need a writer’s web site a year or so ago. I had no great desire to promote my Star Trek novels, or any of the other media novels I did over the decades.

But now I have a bunch of original novels, Smith’s Monthly, collections coming on board, and bundles I am taking part in. I want to change this site some so that I can promote my original work in a way that makes sense to readers.

Another major place writers need to embrace change as best they can is in learning.

Learning, by its very nature, causes chaos. And it causes change.

I watched a writer lately who was surrounded by writers who were farther down the road, who had vastly more experience, who had forgotten more than the writer had ever learned, and yet this writer decided to not learn, to not change, to not engage or welcome in any new knowledge.

Seemed so alien to me, at first I flat didn’t understand it. Not wanting to learn, to change into a better storyteller? Why not?

Fear is the great enemy of change, just as it is the great enemy of writing in general. Fear of change is deadly to learning. You must embrace learning, embrace change.

My great fear is that I will not be able to keep learning and keep changing and keep working to be better. That scares me to death.

So in this modern world, there are many places to learn, to grow, to change. But as I learned from watching one poor writer lately, you must first want to learn and grown and change.

I suppose that’s why I love working with the writers who take the online classes. They are writers who are actively trying to get better, to change, and that helps me stay active and alive and changing as well.

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Totals For Year 2, Month 8, Day 26

— Daily Fiction: 5,100 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 29,800 words  

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

— Blog Posts: 700 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 14,850 words

— E-mail: 11 e-mails. Approx. 300 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 559 e-mails. Approx. 18,200 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 8, Day 25


Year 2, Month 8, Day 25 of this Writing in Public challenge.

Day twenty-four of writing the novel CALLING DEAD: A Cold Poker Gang Novel.

Really thought I would have the book done tonight, but alas, it’s got more to go than I figured. So tomorrow night now.

Spent the day doing some errands, then at WMG offices until around 6:30 p.m. Then home to do some e-mail, then some rest with the white cat, dinner, news, and dishes.

I did a little more on e-mail and got back to the novel around 9:30 p.m. I managed about 1,200 words before taking a break around 11:00, then going to watch some television and not getting back to the writing until 1 a.m.

I managed 1,100 words, a short five minute break, another 1,300 words, another short break, and then 1,600 words before deciding a little after 4 a.m. I wasn’t going to get this thing done tonight. Not coming out of being sick for a week or more. Just silly to try.

So called it a day with 5,200 new words.

Topic of the Night: Kris’s Blog.

Go read it. That simple.

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Total for novel CALLING DEAD: A Cold Poker Gang Novel

(Words written, not how long the novel is at the moment.)

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
Day 17…1,700 words… Total to date… 45,350 words
Day 18…3,300 words… Total to date… 48,650 words
Day 19…1,100 words… Total to date… 49,750 words
Day 20…2,100 words… Total to date… 51,850 words
Day 21…5,200 words… Total to date… 57,050 words
Day 22…2,400 words… Total to date… 59,450 words
Day 23…3,700 words… Total to date… 63,150 words
Day 24…5,200 words… Total to date… 68,350 words

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Totals For Year 2, Month 8, Day 25

— Daily Fiction: 5,200 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 24,700 words  

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

— Blog Posts: 400 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 14,150 words

— E-mail: 12 e-mails. Approx. 300 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 548 e-mails. Approx. 17,900 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.

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Writing in Public: Year 2, Month 8, Day 24


Year 2, Month 8, Day 24 of this Writing in Public challenge.

Day twenty-three of writing the novel CALLING DEAD: A Cold Poker Gang Novel.

Not a long post tonight because I’m headed for a good night’s sleep. Got good sleep last night, feel more tired. (grin)

But the day was a busy one. Off to meetings at WMG Publishing around 2 p.m. Those lasted until after 6 p.m.

Home for an attempted nap with the white cat, dinner, news, and dishes. Then in here to do the last of the week’s online workshop homework.

All done around 10:30 and Kris and I headed back up to WMG Publishing. I left her there and headed out to our store. Then back to WMG again and worked on various stuff until Kris was ready to go home around midnight.

Then we watched The Voice.

A choice that Adam made tonight was interesting. He had a really good, solid singer, who was good at what he did. And he had a woman who had a voice that could be world class, but she had a bad case of not believing in herself and it showed to the judges.

Fear is an ugly thing in writing, it is really ugly in singing. Unless you know how to use it. In both, actually.

So Adam had the choice to go with a safe, sure guy who most likely wouldn’t win, but would go a ways into the live rounds. Or a woman who, if Adam managed to kick her out of her fear and her shell, could win the thing. Or she might melt down in front of millions. No way of knowing.

He picked the woman. Risk and taking chances always pays out over safe in the arts. Not sure how many ways I can say that. (grin)

I got in here around 1 a.m. exhausted, but managed 1,100 words on the novel. Took a break and a short nap, but that didn’t help. Got back in here around 2:30 and managed 500 words before tossing in the towel.

UPDATE: Went to bed, couldn’t get the book out of my head, so got up and did, in two sessions, another 2,100 words.

So total is now 3,700 for the day, adjusted below. Now, at almost six a.m., I am going to bed.

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Total for novel CALLING DEAD: A Cold Poker Gang Novel

(Words written, not how long the novel is at the moment.)

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
Day 17…1,700 words… Total to date… 45,350 words
Day 18…3,300 words… Total to date… 48,650 words
Day 19…1,100 words… Total to date… 49,750 words
Day 20…2,100 words… Total to date… 51,850 words
Day 21…5,200 words… Total to date… 57,050 words
Day 22…2,400 words… Total to date… 59,450 words
Day 23…3,700 words… Total to date… 63,150 words

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Totals For Year 2, Month 8, Day 23

— Daily Fiction: 3,700 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 19,500 words  

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

— Blog Posts: 500 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 13,750 words

— E-mail: 26 e-mails. Approx. 1,100 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 536 e-mails. Approx. 17,600 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.

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 8, Day 23


Year 2, Month 8, Day 23 of this Writing in Public challenge.

Day twenty-two of writing the novel CALLING DEAD: A Cold Poker Gang Novel.

DAY 600 OF WRITING IN PUBLIC

That’s right, today is 600 straight days I have done this without missing. I know it is starting to wear thin, and I really need to get to more of the longer blogs, the Sacred Cows, the New Worlds of Publishing, and so on. And I will.

But I got past 600 of this daily thing.

Day 600 had less energy than day 599. I didn’t get a good night’s sleep last night from the coughing, so made the day feel like I was walking under water.

Kris and I headed up to WMG offices around five or so and I worked on Smith’s Monthly while there for a time.

Then home for an attempted nap with the white cat. Not possible, so dinner, news, and dishes.

Then in here to do the assignments from the online workshops. That took until around 11 p.m. and then Kris and I went and watched The Voice. Back in here to write around 1 a.m.

Managed 1,100 words before 2 a.m., a short break, then another 1,300 words before 3:15 a.m. and calling it a night. So 2,400 words.

Topic of the Night: Being Perfect

Nate Ruess, one of the coaches helping in this round of The Voice, said something that was repeated a number of times. He said, “I would rather be moved by something than impressed by something.”

Exactly!

He said this to a woman that all the way through the weeks the other coaches had been trying and trying to get her to get out of her training and just let go. She was classically trained and they couldn’t get her out of it. She’s now gone. Clearly the best technical voice on the show, but no passion.

She did everything perfect and they bounced her.

Exactly.

And as they talked about her performance, they all said it was perfect, but they said it with a look on their faces that indicated they had a bad taste in their mouth.

She had given a perfect performance and she lost and is gone.

Exactly!

Perfect is dull. Perfect is same. Pharrell said to the poor woman way back, “Same is lame.”

The woman had everything except the ability to let go of the need for perfection and let her emotions take over.

I can’t begin to tell you all, as I have said so often, how many writers vanish because of their own fear of not being perfect. Or some silly belief that there is a perfect story.

The training to rewrite, the training to have perfect sentences and perfect grammar is so strong for many, they can’t write to emotion inside a character. Characters are not perfect, don’t speak in perfect sentences, and don’t think in them either.

Work to improve your craft, but do so with the desire and focus to have more emotion in your writing.

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Total for novel CALLING DEAD: A Cold Poker Gang Novel

(Words written, not how long the novel is at the moment.)

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
Day 17…1,700 words… Total to date… 45,350 words
Day 18…3,300 words… Total to date… 48,650 words
Day 19…1,100 words… Total to date… 49,750 words
Day 20…2,100 words… Total to date… 51,850 words
Day 21…5,200 words… Total to date… 57,050 words
Day 22…2,400 words… Total to date… 59,450 words

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Totals For Year 2, Month 8, Day 23

— Daily Fiction: 2,400 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 15,800 words  

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

— Blog Posts: 700 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 13,250 words

— E-mail: 36 e-mails. Approx. 1,600 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 510 e-mails. Approx. 16,500 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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Writing in Public: Year 2, Month 8, Day 22


Year 2, Month 8, Day 22 of this Writing in Public challenge.

Day twenty-one of writing the novel CALLING DEAD: A Cold Poker Gang Novel.

So I think I’m back. I hope I’m back. Knock on wood, rub your lucky rabbit’s foot, or whatever other sexual innuendo you want to do.

Oh, hell, I’m back.

About at 50% energy, cough still a bother, but I am well enough to get my ass back in the chair. I got some good writing done today at least.

I slept in and stayed home and Kris finally got back from the writer’s lunch and working up at WMG publishing around 6 p.m. I had done nothing all day but watch some basketball and bad television.

Otherwise known as a slugfest. (We actually have those here in Oregon. Real slugs, not just old writers. Not kidding.)

She got me out of the house and to dinner. Then I came home and actually went to work on the online workshop assignments, getting those done around 10 p.m. or so.

The energy, she was a flowing. Oh, oh…

I took a break to watch some television and made it back in here around 12:30 p.m.

And that’s when the fun began.

I went over to my writing computer and brought the novel back up again. It was gone from the brain, of course. My memory flushes every hour or so even if I don’t want it to, so being the good writer, taught well, I started back at the front of the book for the second f**king time.

Now understand, I never reread anything I have written. Never.  Why would I bother to do that? I know how it ends. Duh.  I write to entertain myself, and to me, reading something for the third time just felt like a dog humping a fire hydrant for the third time because the first two times didn’t work. The first time was fun, the second time annoying, the third time just damn painful.

How other writers rewrite a dozen times is beyond me. I find it tedious and silly.

But I scanned some until the book was back in my head, then I went to the chapter ahead of where I had stopped, about my normal cycle place, read to where I had stopped and then just kept on typing.

By 1:30 a.m. I had added in 1,200 new words and I was excited about the book again. By climbing back into the character’s heads, the book came back to me. Go figure.

A short break in which I came up with a stupid start to a short story I need to write this week. Then by 2:30 a.m. I had added another 1,350 words to the book.

Another short break, 3:30 a.m. another 1,200 words.

Another very, very short break and then another 1,450 words by 4:30 a.m.

5,200 words total.

We’ll see how things go tomorrow.

Topic of the Night: Rewriting

I was going to talk about this some here especially after having to look at the opening of this book for the third time to get back to it. It just makes me shudder to think how many new words are NOT getting written because of the myth of rewriting.

And how deadly dull rewriting is. I know, I did the nasty and wasted 7 long years of my writing life because of it.

But instead of just covering old ground once again, here’s a link with my opinion of rewriting. It’s the third Sacred Cow of Publishing.

Might want to look at it again, even if you did a while back. Might save you some time and energy in your own writing.

http://www.deanwesleysmith.com/killing-the-top-ten-sacred-covers-of-publishing-3-rewriting/

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Posted this last night, but posting it again here for you Monday readers because I’m proud to be in this bundle. This is a way to read one of my novels, one of Kris’s novels, and a Fiction River volume I edited.  (Plus I have a very strange time travel short story in the Time Streams anthology as well.)

Trust me, you want to grab this one if you love time travel or just want to study how to write it. This bundle is not going to be available that long.

Get it at Story Bundle at  http://storybundle.com/scifi

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Total for novel CALLING DEAD: A Cold Poker Gang Novel

(Words written, not how long the novel is at the moment.)

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
Day 17…1,700 words… Total to date… 45,350 words
Day 18…3,300 words… Total to date… 48,650 words
Day 19…1,100 words… Total to date… 49,750 words
Day 20…2,100 words… Total to date… 51,850 words
Day 21…5,200 words… Total to date… 57,050 words

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Totals For Year 2, Month 8, Day 22

— Daily Fiction: 5,200 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 13,400 words  

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

— Blog Posts: 900 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 12,550 words

— E-mail: 31 e-mails. Approx. 1,400 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 474 e-mails. Approx. 14,900 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.

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Writing in Public: Year 2, Month 8, Day 21


Year 2, Month 8, Day 21 of this Writing in Public challenge.

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

So a week ago, I thought this last week would be me ramping back up to full speed in writing and showing how a professional writer went from being busy with something else to ramping back up in word count.

Instead…

A week of a writer just surviving a nasty, nasty case of bronchitis and cold. No writing, no worry. In fact, until I come to write this blog each evening, I don’t give writing a second thought all day long.

And I’m not upset I’m not getting any done. Being upset would be a silly waste of time.

Recovery is happening. Nice and slow as expected. Today Kris and I ventured out for some Chinese food for dinner (I had soup) and I actually made it out to the auction for thirty minutes before tossing in the towel and heading home.

So this next week you all will get to watch a writer try to fire slowly back up. Might be entertaining, might be dull. We shall see how fast things come back up. (grin)

Patreon supporters, things are happening, but slower than hoped. Thanks for the understanding once again.

If anyone sent me an e-mail over the last week or so and didn’t get a response from me, please send it again. I will work back through my e-mail given time, and also dig through my spam filter given even more time. But if you wanted me to see something or ask me a question, try me again to be safe.

Topic of the Night: Beginners

This week in her Business Musings blog, Kris wrote about a topic that very few ever write about: Beginning writers and the problems with inflated egos.

She mentioned a writer I ran into with this problem way back in the early 1990s. I found him funny back then and sad and I still find him funny and sad. A good writer who through his own actions, becomes the brunt of a funny story. Sadly, I am the only one who remembers his name and not for his writing.

Then earlier tonight, I answered a guest question for a blog about what I would tell a beginning writer about promotion and marketing if I only had a few sentences.

Another one of those trap questions, because the right answer that any long-term professional knows is “Don’t do any, just write the next book.” Well, since I am still under the weather and have lost the ability to care, I basically said that in so many words.

That’s going to be interesting, because the only reason the question is being asked of professionals is so beginning writers with one novel can learn the secret to selling thousands of copies. Or so they hope.

My answer will not be popular, if they use it at all.

I am starting to understand why Hemingway gave such bad advice to beginning writers. He bored easily and trust me, a one-book writer with a sense of inflated ego looking to be patted on the head (or some secret to sales) is boring.

The secret? Write a lot of books. As fast as you can. Publish them, and let readers decide if they are good or not. And then, if you end up with a lot of readers early on, don’t stop or let it go to your head. That’s the new deadly aspect of this that Kris talked about.

But… but… but… Deeeaaaaannnn, how do readers find our books if we don’t promote them? (Assuming you even know what the word “promote” means in book publishing. If you think promote means Facebook and Twitter pounding like a horny dog against a lamp post, just stop now and spare your poor friends.)

So bluntly, the answer is that with one book or five books or ten books, readers don’t much find you without a lot of luck. So write the next book. And repeat over and over. And focus on telling better stories. Eventually, you’ll have enough titles to be found and your writing will be good enough to hold readers in stories.

And while writing the next book, slowly start learning promotion and trade channels and study how books have always been found by readers. And how they are being found by modern readers.

There is no secret. Beginners have, at times, gotten lucky. And most (not all) of them vanish in a few years. I’ve watched that so many times, I don’t even notice it much anymore. Now in indie publishing, as Kris said, that luck comes with sales early and a belief that their way is the only way. Many of those writers are sadly already dropping away.

Very few of the hot writers of the gold rush are going to be the hot writers of the sustained business model that is now publishing.

So do as I am planning on doing here shortly, I hope. Just sit down and write more.

And keep learning and having fun. That really is the secret.

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Okay, a way to read one of my novels, one of Kris’s novels, and a Fiction River volume I edited.  (Plus I have a very strange time travel short story in the Time Streams anthology as well.)

Trust me, you want to grab this one if you love time travel or just want to study how to write it. This bundle is not going to be available that long.

Get it at Story Bundle at  http://storybundle.com/scifi

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Total for novel CALLING DEAD: A Cold Poker Gang Novel

(Words written, not how long the novel is at the moment.)

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
Day 17…1,700 words… Total to date… 45,350 words
Day 18…3,300 words… Total to date… 48,650 words
Day 19…1,100 words… Total to date… 49,750 words
Day 20…2,100 words… Total to date… 51,850 words

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Totals For Year 2, Month 8, Day 21

— Daily Fiction: 00 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 8,200 words  

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

— Blog Posts: 1100 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 11,650 words

— E-mail: 13 e-mails. Approx. 200 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 443 e-mails. Approx. 13,500 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.

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 8, Day 20


Year 2, Month 8, Day 20 of this Writing in Public challenge.

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

So many great plans for the middle and end of this month. Some will still get done, but not all of them now. (grin) Ahh, well, nature of the beast.

Glad some of you liked the podcast that I posted last night. It was fun having Mark ask me about my early years. I seldom talk about them except as funny stories in late-night parties and I haven’t done that in years even.

When I actually get back to doing some writing, I’ll post here about my day.

Topic of the Night: Star Trek Writers.

Keith DeCandido posted a picture on Facebook with a bunch of us Star Trek writers at a signing and question session in a Portland, Oregon mall back in 2002. Great fun, but what was also fun for me and what I really remember was that a good friend, Robert Sheckley, came by the conference to say hi and hang around with the writers.

Sheck started publishing work in the 1950s and was scary prolific and also wrote some of the most amazing stories ever written. Maybe one of my all-time favorite stories was one he wrote with Harlan with the title “I saw a Man Sitting in a Chair and the Chair was Biting his Leg.” Only Bob and Harlan could have written that story.

At Pulphouse, we wanted to do the “Collected Robert Sheckley” short stories, but as time went along, it because clear that Bob was badly organized. We had no hope of finding all of his stories, so we decided to hold it at just five large volumes when he called me one day and wondered if we could find the fifty or a hundred or so stories he wrote for a radio program. He did one every couple days for a half year and sent them in and he couldn’t seem to find copies.

Bummer that Bob isn’t in the picture. When I find one in my old photos, I’ll put it up. He would have loved this new world. (He died in 2005.) His stuff was always different and unique and he was always fighting traditional publishers in one way or another.

Keith, thanks for the fun picture and the memory.

2002SDPerry,Andy Mangels, Michael Martin, KeithDecandido, Heather JarmanThe year is 2002.  I am on the left in case you couldn’t guess. (grin) Very long hair. S.D. Perry is sitting beside me, then it goes Andy Mangels, Michael Martin, Keith DeCandido, and Heather Jarman.

Wow, a lot of Star Trek fiction sitting at that table. (grin)

At this point I am editing Star Trek: Strange New Worlds and Keith is in charge of editing Star Trek: Star Fleet: Core of Engineers.

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Total for novel CALLING DEAD: A Cold Poker Gang Novel

(Words written, not how long the novel is at the moment.)

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
Day 17…1,700 words… Total to date… 45,350 words
Day 18…3,300 words… Total to date… 48,650 words
Day 19…1,100 words… Total to date… 49,750 words
Day 20…2,100 words… Total to date… 51,850 words

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Totals For Year 2, Month 8, Day 18

— Daily Fiction: 00 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 8,200 words  

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

— Blog Posts: 700 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 10,550 words

— E-mail: 16 e-mails. Approx. 400 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 430 e-mails. Approx. 13,300 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.

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 8, Day 19


Year 2, Month 8, Day 19 of this Writing in Public challenge.

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

As I said last night and the night before, for writing in public, I’m not doing a lot of writing at the moment. I am still mostly down because of some nasty cold bronchitis thing.

I just never get sick. Alas, that record does not stand. (grin)

Today I managed to drive Kris to the WMG office so she could run home from there. That’s the extent of my existing the house. She and Allyson would not let me come in the buidling. They chained me in the car and reminded me of my own rule that everyone else is allowed to break but me.

“Don’t go into work sick.” Simple rule.

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Topic of the Night: More discoverability and also more learning on your part if you are willing to sit and listen.

http://kobowritinglife.com/2015/03/17/kobo-writing-life-podcast-episode-030-dean-wesley-smith/

The professional editor and writer, Mark Leslie, who is also Mark Lefebvre, one of the main people in charge of Kobo Writing Life interviewed me for the Kobo podcast. Mark’s a great writer and a great guy and also a great editor. And he does more to help new writers than just about anyone.

After Mark is finished with me, he then he goes on to talk about Heinlein’s Rules without me, which was way cool.

You will learn stuff about me you might not have known. And how I got into writing, and so on and so on. Mark and I had fun.

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Also, you’ll learn a lot about the Anthology workshop we just finished here two weeks ago. Mark and I talked about his first year here, but this year, he was one of the seven editors sitting on the stage talking and arguing about every story. The picture is of me and Mark in the WMG offices.

Thanks, Mark, for the great interview.

Trust me folks, worth the listen.

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Total for novel CALLING DEAD: A Cold Poker Gang Novel

(Words written, not how long the novel is at the moment.)

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
Day 17…1,700 words… Total to date… 45,350 words
Day 18…3,300 words… Total to date… 48,650 words
Day 19…1,100 words… Total to date… 49,750 words
Day 20…2,100 words… Total to date… 51,850 words

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Totals For Year 2, Month 8, Day 18

— Daily Fiction: 00 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 8,200 words  

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

— Blog Posts: 600 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 9,850 words

— E-mail: 13 e-mails. Approx. 300 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 414 e-mails. Approx. 12,900 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 8, Day 18


Year 2, Month 8, Day 18 of this Writing in Public challenge.

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

As I said last night, for writing in public, I’m not doing a lot of writing at the moment. Felled by a nasty cold that has been hanging around since the workshop. Me and a doctor had a discussion today, first time I’ve been to one of those in a time. Some meds.

I just never get sick. Alas, that record is not doing well. (grin)

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Only two spots open in the second Strengths workshop as I write this. Trust me, we are not starting a third and will not do this again in any near future. But lots of room in the other online workshops.

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Topic of the Night: Discoverability.

Now, Kris and I have put together an online class on discoverability, but I have a nifty example right now of how one form of discoverability gets done. Reader discoverability.

Get it at Story Bundle at  http://storybundle.com/scifi

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Now in that bundle above, notice Fiction River: Time Streams that I edited.

Then look at all the other big names in this bundle. And realize if you had sold me a story for Time Streams, all those major writers would now be promoting you.

Here is how it works: Say a Lisa Mason fan gets the bundle. At some point, they open Time Streams that you have a story in.

They read and like your story. So the Lisa Mason fan goes to a computer and looks up your name and finds your other work.

That’s discoverability in this new world. Not only would you have been paid for being in Fiction River: Time Streams, but now a year later your story is going out to some pretty major fan bases and finding you even more readers.

(Assuming, of course, you have been publishing regular and have more work out there for readers to find.)

And the readers won’t find it suddenly or in any way you can track. It will happen over months, one reader here, another there, as they work their way through the fourteen titles in the bundle.

Discoverability happens in many, many ways in this modern world. This is just one example I thought I would point out.

And if the writers in the Fiction River volume are smart, which I know they are, they will be pushing this bundle as well. because they have a story in it.

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Total for novel CALLING DEAD: A Cold Poker Gang Novel

(Words written, not how long the novel is at the moment.)

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
Day 17…1,700 words… Total to date… 45,350 words
Day 18…3,300 words… Total to date… 48,650 words
Day 19…1,100 words… Total to date… 49,750 words
Day 20…2,100 words… Total to date… 51,850 words

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Totals For Year 2, Month 8, Day 18

— Daily Fiction: 00 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 8,200 words  

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

— Blog Posts: 700 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 9,250 words

— E-mail: 14 e-mails. Approx. 300 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 401 e-mails. Approx. 12,600 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.

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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