August Workshops Start in One Week
Yup, amazing that July is almost done and I hope many of you are starting to come back to your writing. Openings in all the August workshops except the Short Story Workshop. That is full.
Today it was a fun writer’s lunch, Kris and I went for a walk and then I kept going to get to my 10,000 steps once again.
And I got 3,400 words on the novel.
I have no idea where this book is going and that’s starting to worry me. I have set this up to be a very, very nasty puzzle. Started as a locked room mystery and went from there. I got no idea what is happening, so I am chugging along at 3,000 plus words a night.
A puzzle mystery. I’ve got to trust that around 30,000 plus words into this the solution will start to come into the light.
But for those of you who are afraid of the thrill and uncertainty of writing into the dark, especially with complicated mystery novels, take heart. It scares me still as well. (grin)
August Online Workshops
Still lots of room in these except the Short Story workshop. It is now sold out, but the two new ones still have room. All details at www.wmgpublishingworkshops.com
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 (Full)
Class #20… Aug 3rd … Advanced Depth
Classic Workshops and Lectures are also available at any time.
Topic of the Night: Change of Mind
As I sometimes do, I am going to change my mind on the attitude book I was going to write. I started to look at it and decided it would be too boring for me to write. I might do some chapters in it around Christmas for those of you who need help getting started into the new year.
But like with everything, I have to keep myself entertained first. That goes with anything to do with writing, with the publishing company, with the workshops, and with the stores. If I get bored, I’m gone quickly.
My writing is certainly keeping me focused and challenged. The publishing world and WMG is really keeping me going as well. Not a dull moment in this new world. And I am loving our two stores.
So far even the workshops are keeping me interested. But going to be retiring more and more of them as the fall goes on. More than likely a bunch will either be retired or into classic format by Christmas. Haven’t decided which ones yet.
Keeping me entertained is the main reason Kris and I start new workshops. I need to stay challenged. The two new workshops in August, Mystery and Expectations don’t have much interest, sadly. I think they will be good workshops and I’m going to make them the best I can, even though I may only be recording them for a half dozen people.
Anyhow, they start in a week.
For some reason, this summer has been deadly for the Time of Great Forgetting. There were some writer lunches this summer that only had five people in them, unlike today when the room was almost full.
I think the reason is that people feel good about the economy, that they are traveling more, and thus the writing takes a back seat. Well, actually, not a back seat, it’s left at home on the desk.
And speaking of workshops, I have the second week of the Essentials workshop up on YouTube. You can watch them all here on my site under the YouTube videos tab.
WARNING!!! I talk some about traditional book publishing. For heaven’s sake, remember I recorded this in 2012. Do not go to traditional publishing with novels.
Let me be clear here. I think in this modern world no writer should go to traditional book publishers, especially the big five. Period. You think you can beat that system, you are foolish at best. Don’t say I didn’t warn you, but by the time you realize you have made a mistake, your career will be dead, they will own your books forever, and you won’t remember any of this.
If that makes you angry, let me wave goodbye right now. This is 2016. Catch a clue quickly. Very, very quickly.
So ignore anything I say about traditional book publishing and realize how fast things have changed.
The Writing of Freezeout: A Cold Poker Gang Novel
Day 1… 1,050 words. Total words so far… 1,050 words.
Day 2… 2,850 words. Total words so far… 3,900 words.
Day 3… 800 words. Total words so far… 4,700 words.
Day 4… 4,700 words. Total words so far… 9,400 words.
Day 5… 3,200 words. Total words so far… 12,600 words.
Day 6… 3,100 words. Total words so far… 15,700 words.
Day 7… 3,400 words. Total words so far… 19,100 words.
Totals For Year 3, Month 12, Day 24
Writing in Public blog streak… Day 1,039
10,000 steps streak… Day 24
— Daily Fiction: 3,400 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 49,100 words
— Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 00 words
— Blog Posts: 600 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 11,500 words
— E-mail: 15 e-mails. Approx. 500 original words. E-mails month-to date: 420 e-mails. Approx. 27,200 words
— Covers Designed and Finished: 0. Covers finished month-to-date: 7 Covers
— Year of Short Fiction Goal: 120 stories. Stories finished to date: 8 stories.
— Yearly Novel Goal: 12 Novels. Novels finished to date: 0 novels.
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.