Month 2, Day 23 of this Writing in Public challenge.
Day Four of the new novel called Against Time.
Rolled out a little after 2 p.m. today. I managed to get to the post office after doing e-mail by 3:45 p.m. and then to the WMG Publishing offices. I spent two hours there working on the layout of Smith’s Monthly #1. It will be 178 pages long. 7 x 10 trim size. Four column format all the way through.
I left there about 6:30 pm and home for more e-mail, a nap with the white cat, dinner, dishes, and some news.
Then back up to this office before 8 p.m. to do homework e-mails for the workshop today. That took about an hour plus, so then I headed back up to WMG Publishing to record the video for the assignment and to do more layout on the magazine. I managed to stay there until 11:30 pm, then headed home.
Kris and I went downstairs to watch my favorite show about art and writing. It’s called “The Voice” and I have watched every season and learned a ton every year. (For those of you who turn your nose up at reality shows like I do, this is different. It has four superstar singers who are there to help professional singers make it up to the next step. They pick the singers on their team only from their voice alone. Once the team is set from the blind auditions, it just gets brutal.
And I do mean brutal. I often thank my lucky stars I am a writer instead of a singer. Those singers are coached and put through amazing tests, all the while getting weeded out as the season goes on. If the singer doesn’t take a chance, doesn’t step it up, they are gone.
And listening to the superstar coaches talk about what it takes to be a commercial singer is amazing. Last season Usher had one woman an amazing amount of stuff. And there are always great comments from guest superstars like Cher this year.
Tonight they showed a couple of singers that no one picked. Their songs were good. As Kris said, as an editor, if their song had been a story, it might have been a filler in a magazine. A story that was good enough, but that no one would remember. But these judges are looking for the singers who can be superstars. Good enough, good quality only doesn’t do it.
It works that way with writing as well, folks.
And the music is great as well.
Writers can learn a ton from the show, if not a realization of how hard you have to work for years to get good at an art. Again, folks, you learn about writing from everywhere. In tiny bits here and tiny bits there. If you want to be an internationally selling fiction writer, but don’t like the idea of practice and hard work to get that dream, then don’t watch this show. Stay with your belief that you can write one novel and be rich. And that it should happen overnight, of course.
But for the rest of you who know this takes work and time and practice and a ton of learning, “The Voice” is worth every moment of your time to watch.
So almost two hours later I was back upstairs ready to write by 1:30 a.m.
From there I managed two sessions by 3 a.m. of about a thousand words each and then got completely stuck.
Me and the white cat went into the living room to try to figure out why I was stuck.
Ten minutes later I was back and typing. I did another thirty minutes and 800 words and decided to write this on a break to this spot. It’s now 3:40 a.m. as I type this. Now back for one more session at least….
… 5:00 a.m. and two more sessions down. One was 1,150 words in 40 minutes, another was 1,000 words in 35 minutes. Total for the day 4,950 words.
Considering how I felt at 1:30 a.m., without a word done yet, that’s flat amazing.
So today I did 1.5 hours on workshops, 3 hours plus on layout of a magazine, finished some laundry and did dishes, had a half hour nap, watched 2.5 hours of television, did about an hour on e-mail and business, and still got just under 5,000 words of fiction written plus this blog.
Totals for the novel Against Time:
Day One…. 4,050 words. Running total… 4,050 words
Day Two…. 6,150 words. Running total… 10,200 words
Day Three…. 5,100 words. Running total… 15,300 words
Day Four…. 4,950 words. Running total… 20,200 words
Totals For Month 2, Day 22
– Daily Fiction: 4,950 words. Fiction month-to-date: 58,850 words
– Nonfiction: 00 words. Nonfiction (non-blog) month-to-date total: 2,900 words
– Blog Posts: 850 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 11,350 words
– E-mail: 28 e-mails. Approx. 950 new words. E-mails month-to date: 699 e-mails. Approx. 19,750 words
– Covers Designed and Finished: 0. Covers finished month-to-date: 6 Covers
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Stories and Projects Finished This Month So Far
In order of production with the most recent at the top.
And Where and When You Will Be Able to Find Them
—- 2nd section of the nonfiction golf book The First Tee Panic… It will be serialized in Smith’s Monthly starting with the first issue and then brought out as a short stand-alone humor book in the late Spring of 2014. (Approx. 20,000 words… About 4,000 of them will be new.) 300 new words in this second section.
—- Short Story titled “Long Shadows” It will be published in Smith’s Monthly #2 in November, then two months later put out as a stand-alone book. Approximately 3,000 words long.
—- Short Story titled “A Night With a Forgotten God: A Poker Boy story.” It will be published in Smith’s Monthly #2 in November, then two months later put out as a stand-alone book. Approximately 4,000 words long.
— Short Story titled “A Pity About the Delusion.” It will be published in Smith’s Monthly #2 in November, then two months later put out as a stand-alone book. Approximately 2,600 words long.
— Short Story titled “Dreams of a Moon” finished and turned in to WMG Publishing. It will be published in Fiction River: Moonscapes to be published in February 2014. Approximately 4,700 words long.
— Full manuscript for Smith’s Monthly #1 turned in to WMG Publishing for proofing. It will be published in October 2013. Approximately 90,000 words long.
— Full manuscript for Fiction River: Moonscapes turned in to WMG Publishing. It will be published in February 2014. Approximately 70,000 words long.
— Novel titled Thunder Mountain. It will appear in Smith’s Monthly #2 published in November 2013. Approximately 60,000 words long.
—Introduction for Smith’s Monthly #1. It will appear in Smith’s Monthly #1 published in October, 2013. Approximately 1,100 words long.
— Introduction for Fiction River: Moonscapes. It will appear in Fiction River: Moonscapes published in February 2014. Approximately 600 words long.
— Forward for Fiction River Special Edition: Crime. It will appear in Fiction River Special Edition: Crime published in March 2014. Approximately 500 words long.