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Short Night

A busy day and a ramp-up on the writing.

THE DAY

Meetings from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m.  Then groceries, then back to the WMG Publishing offices to work on Smith’s Monthly until 7:30 p.m. Home to cook dinner and watch news and do some e-mail. Then with the idea of getting a lot done, I moved to the writing computers.

Managed 1,200 words in just over an hour, and it felt like the novel was going to pick up speed just fine.

11 a.m. took a break and planned to come back at once, but it didn’t turn out that way. Took an hour long nap, then ended up watching television. Didn’t get back to writing until 1:30 a.m.

I managed 1,000 words, then took another short nap. Again very tired from trying to move my schedule back into place.  Managed another 300 words before tossing in the towel at 4:30 a.m.

But honestly, tonight is better. Schedule should be back in place in the right times by tomorrow. And novel is picking up speed. Mystery novels always start slow for me normally.

So 2, 500 words tonight. Ramping up. Slowly.

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WORKSHOPS UPDATE

(Same as Last Night) I will be sending out the first letters for the September online workshops in a few days. The two new workshops that started in August, Character Development Workshop and Career Workshop have both gone well from this side. August workshops are on the fifth week and final assignments.

All ten of the September online workshops have room. A good time, going into September, to work on your writing in some fashion or another.

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TOPIC OF THE NIGHT: Nothing tonight

Way too tired. But if you want a stunningly good essay on writing, go read Kris’s blog. Any comments or questions on it, feel free to post them here.

http://kriswrites.com/2015/09/02/business-musings-obsession-delusion-and-writing/

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The Writing of Bad Beat: A Cold Poker Gang Novel

Day 1…. 1,050 words.  Total words so far… 1,050 words.
Day 2…. 1,100 words.  Total words so far… 2,150 words.
Day 2…. 2,500 words.  Total words so far… 4,650 words.

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Totals For Year 3, Month 2, Day 3

Writing in Public blog streak… Day 764

— Daily Fiction: 2,500 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 4,650 words  

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

— Blog Posts: 350 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 1,650 words

— E-mail: 11 e-mails. Approx. 700 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 69 e-mails. Approx. 3,600 words

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

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Pulp Speed Post Brought Back

Pulp Speed

(I wrote this post about a year ago but wanted to bring it forward because people ask me about it. Here it is again)

I’ve mentioned this concept a number of times on my nightly blog and in the Topic of the Night little sections. But since Pulp Speed was almost impossible in the new traditional world, it belongs as a post in this series.

Not at all sure why this idea sort of hits me right. I think because it flies in the face of all the myths. A writer has to have all myths under control to even attempt this. So this post might just make you angry because it hits at belief systems I’m afraid.

The second reason I can’t shake this idea is because for all of my life I have idolized pulp writers. I used to study them and their lives. (And yet, even with all that knowledge, I still spent seven years in the rewriting to death trap. Go figure.)

Many, many of the great writers of the past that we still read and enjoy were pulp writers. And there are many pulp writers working today. More than you might imagine, even through the rough times of the last twenty years in traditional publishing.

Now, right here, before I get started, I’m going to repeat what I always say. No writer is the same as any other writer.

And most writers could never do what I am about to talk about.

Pulp Speed writing is a mind-set for writers who have cleared out damn never every myth and belief taught to them about writing by English teachers. A Pulp Speed writer loves to just tell stories, one right after another. So remember, no writer is the same as another writer. And if this hits you wrong, it might not be for you to even think about in any fashion.

But for others, this might just be the ticket to a bright new future, just to learn this is possible and happening.

Some History.

There have been writers for as long as there have been stories that have had work ethics, meaning they spend a lot of time writing. In our modern world, we call writers who spend a lot of time producing new words “fast” writers.

But fast has nothing to do with it. Just a work ethic and a love of stories.

Dickens was one of the early great Pulp Writers. And there were many along the way before the turn of 1900. It was then that the “literary” group split from the “writing for the masses” group of writers.

To the literary group, their writing had to be important, something to struggle to read, and only be published in leather hardbound books.

The masses group of writers just wanted to tell stories that would entertain readers.

Around this split period of 1900, the pulp magazines were coming in, and with the pulp magazine expansion, stories were needed to fill the pages of the exploding pulp magazine field. And the writers who could write sellable stories quickly discovered they could become very rich writing for one cent per word.

Word production equaled money.

The pulp magazines lasted for over half a century. Each issue of every title contained many short stories and often a novel or two and sometimes serialized novels. Novels in those days ranged from 30,000 words to 50,000 words. 20,000 to 30,000 words was called a short novel. Short stories were under 20,000 words.

Novels that were in the pulps almost never made it out of the pulps. They lasted on the stands for one week or maybe two weeks or a month and were gone. A few pulp writers started their own publishing companies. One example is Burroughs. His son got his novels into books. But most novels just stayed in the pulps until the late 1940s when the paperback form started to take off and novels were needed for that form.

Doc Savage was a pulp character created mostly by Lester Dent and his publisher under a magazine house name. He wrote 159 of the Doc Savage novels for the Doc Savage pulp magazine, among many other books under other names, including his own name. There was a novel from Dent in most issues of Doc Savage Magazine for a decade or more. You can still buy Doc Savage novels by Dent today.

Some pulp writers got so famous, they were some of the richest people in the country. One year in the 1940s, the pen name Max Brand had thirteen movies in production from his books. Some of you may even remember Max Brand’s Dr. Kildare from television. Either the first television series or the second.

But Dr. Kildare was also a movie series in the 1930s and 1940s and then a radio series before the two television series. (Bet you thought Max Brand was all westerns huh?)

By the way, the author behind Max Brand was Frederick Faust. Faust had a bunch of other prolific pen names besides Brand. For just one magazine group in the 1920s he wrote over a million words per year for the entire decade. Plus other stories and novels for other magazines. (He did this after having a major heart attack and having heart issues until killed in WWII as a war correspondent.) He supposedly wrote well over 500 novels and even more short stories, and it is said that a book of his is reprinted today every week in one place or another. (not documented, just belief)

I admire true storytellers such as Max Brand and Lester Dent who are still being read and enjoyed by millions well over a hundred years past when they started publishing.

When the pulps finally died in the late 1950s, Pulp Speed writers turned to paperbacks through the 1960s and 1970s and wrote everything a publisher wanted. There were lots and lots of Pulp Speed writers producing upwards of 30 novels a year if not more. And most books were under many pen names and across many genres. Novels in this time period were still in the 40,000 word range.

In the 1980s publishers started to artificially inflate the size of novels because of the publisher’s need to charge more for a paperback. Pulp Speed writers kept on.  Numbers worked the category romance field, many worked westerns which had kept their smaller size.

And as normal, Pulp Speed writers worked across all genres. Fewer titles produced, but more words per book, so same production. Many Pulp Speed writers worked series novels for publishers during this period. And a lot of media novels.

But by the 1990s and early this century, most of the Pulp Speed writers had retired and very few new writers understood that Pulp Speed world was out there. It was almost impossible to understand when publishers limited a writer to one book per year. But some Pulp Speed writers still existed and worked through the period.

But now, with the advent of the indie world, Pulp Speed writers are coming back. It is possible again. And fun.

The golden age of fiction for readers has returned.

The crap rules the traditional publishers forced on writers are gone for writers smart enough to escape them. Just as with the pulp era, writers are free to write stories again at whatever pace they want to write. And readers are free to read what they want without some snobby person telling them it is good or bad.

The second pulp era is upon us.

How to Pick Up Speed In Your Writing

Well, since we all type about the same speed when writing, the way to pick up speed is to spend more time in the writing chair. However, to do that in this modern world takes a vast amount of getting rid of all the crap we were taught by non-writers.

And it takes a real love of telling stories and an ability to write one draft fiction. Rewriting kills Pulp Speed completely. None of the great Pulp Writers you read today and many of the great literary writers never rewrote anything. They told people they did starting in the 1970s and afterward when the rewriting craze started to hit, but they never did in reality.

Remember, to them words were money. One cent per word made them rich. The more words in sellable fiction, the richer they got.

Also, Pulp Speed writing takes a love of learning about writing and a love of learning how to keep improving on telling stories.

We have set up a workshop on Productivity that deals with the demons of critical voice and fears we all fight. That might help. But otherwise, since every writer is different, every writer must fight their own battles between their own ears.

And once again, Pulp Speed thinking may not be right for you. In fact, chances are, it is not.

Or maybe you are the type of writer who just produces Pulp Speed amount of words, but never thinks about it. That’s fine as well. Don’t think about this.

So What Is Pulp Speed? 

After discussion with a half dozen writers about this, I’ve decided to just set the amounts like Warp Drive in Star Trek. (Remember, I wrote a lot of Star Trek novels in every series.)

Just as with Warp Drive in Star Trek, each level up gets factors more difficult.

Again, I am just setting these numbers from talking with other writers and studying history of what consisted good word counts in the pulp era for the successful writers.

PULP SPEED ONE

About 1,000,000 (1 million) original words per year. This averages to about 2,750 words a day for 365 days. (numbers rounded)

Or about 83,300 words per month.  So if you do 3,000 words a day and over 84,000 words per month ON AVERAGE for a year, you are writing at PULP SPEED ONE. (if you take days off, then your daily word count has to go up on your writing days. Do your own math for your schedule.)

PULP SPEED TWO

1,200,000 words in a year. 100,000 words per month. Last month I hit PULP SPEED TWO, for the month, but the key is holding it for the year. The yearly total is the key. Average is the key.

And remember, that is about 3,400 words per day. If you can write 1,000 words average an hour, that’s 3.5 hours per day.

PULP SPEED THREE

1,400,000 words in a year.  To hit this, you need to be about 120,000 words per month (rounded up) or about 4,000 words per day average. Again, at this level, the difficulty factor starts increasing. Maintaining gets more difficult on the engines to keep at this speed for an entire year. (Max Brand wrote at this pace for decades, not missing.)

PULP SPEED FOUR

1,600,000 words per year. That’s about 135,000 words per month or about 4,500 words per day without a day off.

PULP SPEED FIVE

1,800,000 words per year.  About 150,000 words per month. 5,000 words per day without missing a day.

PULP SPEED SIX

2 million words and more per year. 170,000 words or so per month. About 5,500 words per day average.

The engines are shaking and Scotty is looking panicked.

But I know a few writers who did this through the traditional publishing crunch on writers in the early part of this century. It can be done.

But if you think it can’t be done, ask yourself why? Why is your belief system telling you that?

Say you wanted to write for 8 hours per day for five days a week. (40 hours of writing. You know, like a work ethic.) This allows you to take the weekends off with your family. You write 1,000 words per hour. 8 hours is 8,000 words per writing day. 40,000 words per week.

So you do that, take two weeks off for a vacation. 50 weeks x 40,000 words per week = 2 million words.

Writers who write in these top speeds have a real work ethic with their writing and love to tell stories, one right after another.

As I said earlier, you need to have everything cleaned out of the myth side of the brain.

Pulp Speed Six is what a few full-time writers manage. Writers who work eight hours a day, five days per week, 50 weeks per year.

This is not for everyone. And you can’t just jump to these speeds, it takes time to work up to them. But it is possible once again for more than just a few in this new indie publishing reality.

Stay tuned to my blog and we’ll see how it goes for me.

Just remember, every writer has a different method, a different path. No one way is right for every writer. I am not saying anyone should attempt these speeds (hours writing). I just wanted to make sure the knowledge of these kinds of speeds were out there.

And I thought it would be fun to hang the Pulp Speed name on them. (grin)

 

All Kinds of Stuff Tonight

Pulp Speed blog brought back above this from a year ago. I figured I needed to read it again as I get going on this new challenge. (grin)

THE DAY

Up stunningly early once again for me and was talking with the accountant for the three corporations before 11 in the morning. All great. All three corporations solid and on track, which is what I thought, but always good to hear from a professional.

So home to take a nap around noon, then did some mail and some other minor stuff and went for a walk with another writer around 4 p.m.

Besides ramping up on this new challenge, I have changed my diet fairly completely and increasing exercise. The diet thing is taking some concentration, so once I get that under control, I’ll ease up the steps, but still managed about 9,000 steps for the day. Good start there as well.

I worked from around 5 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. on formatting Smith’s Monthly. I went home and cooked dinner, then watched news, then came in here and finished up the e-mail with the intent of writing next.

Nope, another nap. My sleep schedule is so screwed around after the trip and these appointments when I got back, that’s going to take a few days to reverse.

Watched some more television, then another short nap, finally getting back in here around 2 a.m. very groggy but determined to stay up and switch the schedule back so I can get back to writing.

I managed 1,100 words on Bad Beat: A Cold Poker Gang Novel before the brain said I had better give this up.

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WORKSHOPS UPDATE

I will be sending out the first letters for the September online workshops in a few days. The two new workshops that started in August, Character Development Workshop and Career Workshop have both gone well from this side. August workshops are on the fifth week and final assignments.

All ten of the September online workshops have room. A good time, going into September, to work on your writing in some fashion or another.

TOPIC OF THE NIGHT: Starting Slow on the Novel Challenge

It’s typical for me to start off slow on a new challenge. So nothing new yesterday and today. And I am not worried.

The hardest thing most of us have with challenges is getting off the imaginary schedule to hit the challenge. That causes most people to just toss in the towel. For me, it does the opposite. I get even more challenged.

When I was writing in traditional publishing, Kris used to say I would figure out when I had to start a book to finish to deadline, then wait four or five more days to start. She was right, I always did that, and it always made the deadline stressful, but it also pushed me.

The point of a challenge is to be pushed, to get more practice at writing, to have some fun.

So by doing my typical slow start, I’ll be a little more pushed than I would have been. We shall see what happens.

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Kris’s blog this week is one you want to read as a writer. Trust me.

http://kriswrites.com/2015/09/02/business-musings-obsession-delusion-and-writing/

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By the way…

If you want to read one of the novels I wrote in public right here, you can find it with ten other great novels at www.storybundle.com/disasters. Pay over $15.00 to get them all.

The book The End is Nigh is edited by John Joseph Adams and Hugh Howey if you can’t read the small print on the cover image. I have read Kevin J. Anderson and Doug Beason’s novel in this, Ill Wind. A stunning idea. Next up for me to read is Bob Mayer’s Atlantis, just from that fantastic cover and the fact that I love Bob’s writing.

Disaster covers

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The Writing of Bad Beat: A Cold Poker Gang Novel

Day 1…. 1,050 words.  Total words so far… 1,050 words.
Day 2…. 1,100 words.  Total words so far… 2,150 words.

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Totals For Year 3, Month 2, Day 2

Writing in Public blog streak… Day 763

— Daily Fiction: 1,100 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 2,150 words  

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

— Blog Posts: 700 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 1,300 words

— E-mail: 12 e-mails. Approx. 700 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 58 e-mails. Approx. 2,900 words

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

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New Month: New Challenge

THE DAY

A first-of-the-month running around day. And some car problems, which got fixed quickly, thankfully.

So pretty much the day from the time I got up to around 7 p.m. was running errands and such.

Then from 7 p.m. until around 11 p.m. I did the assignments I was behind on for the workshops. Lots of more work this week on workshops, but also on Smith’s Monthly and laying out the paper for the Stories from July coming out in a couple of weeks.

Note: September online workshops all still have spots open.

Finally got to writing on the new book, Bad Beat: A Cold Poker Gang Novel around 12:30 after watching a little television. Starting slow tonight since I need to be up to meet with the accountant for the taxes in the morning. After that I can return to my normal sleep hours finally.

I got the title for the new novel from one of my poker books. A “Bad Beat” is when inferior cards beat a superior hand by getting lucky on the last card.

Anyhow, got just over 1,050 words done on the novel.  See the challenges laid out below to see the plan for the month.

TOPIC OF THE NIGHT: New Challenge and Why

I am firing up a new challenge to get ready for an even larger challenge in 2016. I’ll announce that 2016 challenge as soon as a few details are ironed out.

But in the meantime, I have set a challenge for myself for the last four months of this year.

The goal of a challenge is to push myself and do two things:

  1. Do something I haven’t accomplished before.
  2. Increase my word count solidly into pulp speed levels for the four months.

I also want to make sure I can keep Smith’s Monthly going in the same form through 2016 with a new novel and new short stories every month. And to do that with the challenge I have set for 2016, I would be better served to have a few novels done ahead.

So my new end-of-the-year challenge is this:

September… 3 new novels
October… 2 new novels
November… 3 new novels
December… 2 new novels

10 new novels between now and the first of the year.

A novel every ten days in September and November, and every fifteen or so days in October and December. (I have a major coast workshop here in October that will take one full week out of the picture.)

The pace is something I have done numbers of times. But I have not done four months of that kind of pace. That will be the challenge.

So stay tuned. I will write about the ups and downs on the challenge regularly and will track each book as I usually do. And I will also be doing a couple of nonfiction books, including Heinlein’s Rules starting in the next few days as I get back on my regular schedule.

This is going to be fun for me. I hope you all find it entertaining as well.

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By the way…

If you want to read one of the novels I wrote in public right here, you can find it with ten other great novels at www.storybundle.com/disasters. Pay over $15.00 to get them all. Some fantastic reading in this bunch, folks.

Disaster covers

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The Writing of Bad Beat: A Cold Poker Gang Novel

Day 1…. 1,050 words.  Total words so far… 1,050 words.

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Totals For Year 3, Month 2, Day 1

Writing in Public blog streak… Day 762

— Daily Fiction: 1,050 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 1,050 words  

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

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

— E-mail: 46 e-mails. Approx. 2,200 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 46 e-mails. Approx. 2,200 words

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

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Last Day of a Transition Month

I didn’t even manage to get to all the assignments from the workshops tonight. So I’ll get that finished tomorrow. 15 hours of driving can really take the energy out of a guy.

And then tomorrow will be the start of a pretty good challenge. I’ll explain it all tomorrow.

But for this last day of August, which was full of running around and errands and other stuff, I think I’ll just call the month done.

Stay tuned. It will be fun and crazy and maybe educational for all of us. (grin)

September Online Workshops

ONE WEEK NOTICE FOR SEPTEMBER ONLINE WORKSHOPS

All of the September Online Workshops marked below have openings. Click the workshop button for description and sign-up.

Each regular 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 regular workshops have openings at the moment.

Class #21… Sept 7th … Pitches and Blurbs
Class #22… Sept 7th … How to Write Thrillers
Class #23… Sept 7th … How to Write Science Fiction
Class #24… Sept 7th … Character Voice/Setting
Class #25… Sept 8th … Character Development
Class #26… Sept 8th … Depth in Writing
Class #27… Sept 8th … Making a Career
Class #28… Sept 9th … Cliffhangers
Class #29… Sept 9th … Pacing Your Novel
Class #30… Sept 9th … Advanced Depth


CLASSIC WORKSHOPS

Classic means you can go through all six weeks quickly and no homework… same workshop as when it was given over six weeks. You can sign up and start at any point during the month. No waiting until the end of the month on Classic Workshops.

Assignments are still there each week for you to do on your own and responses from a previous workshop about the assignments are still there, but I do not read any assignments. And the price is half price. $150 for Classic. And you can return to it at any point into the future. Think of them as a very expanded lecture.

Each Classic Workshop has about 50 videos. Offered as Classic Workshops are the following five:

Making a Living… Classic
Productivity… Classic
Discoverability… Classic
Writing in Series… Classic
Genre Structure… Classic

Descriptions of the workshops under the workshop tab below or Online workshop tab.

GENERAL PRICING
Lectures… $50.00 to $75.00
Classic Workshops… $150.00
Regular Workshops with feedback… $300.00

 

Travel Day

15 hours of driving. Silly. I combined two days of travel to get home in one. So I’ll be back tomorrow with normal stuff. And then the first of September I’m starting another writing challenge and Heinlein’s Rules chapters.

later…

Writer’s Conference: Final Day

I’m still in beautiful Logan, Utah, at least for a few more hours before heading home.

Wonderful conversations today and tonight and I managed to actually do a keynote speech without falling off the stage (always a victory).

So tomorrow night I will be home and back with the cats, barring unforeseen issues. It’s been a wonderful trip, with the great discussions with my friends in Boise and then fantastic learning discussions with innovative and very smart professional writers here.

I love this new world of writing.

TOPIC OF THE NIGHT: Getting Out of the House

I know it is tempting to stay at home and just get all your information over a screen, but there is still no replacing getting out and listening and talking with other writers. The League of Utah Writers (who have been my wonderful hosts here) is just an example of the fantastic networking and community you can find all over the nation with writers.

But you have to go out of your house and hit a conference at times. And then only take in what sounds right for you because there is a lot of information at these things that might not be what you are looking for.

So thank you, Amanda and the rest of the League of Utah Writers on taking a chance on inviting me and my outspoken nature. I had a blast.

And thank you “Over the Water Gang” for letting me hang around with you. Great fun.

Now home with a bunch new knowledge and information.

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Totals For Year 3, Month 1, Day 29

Writing in Public blog streak Day 759

— Daily Fiction: 00 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 20,500 words  

— Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 15,750 words 

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

— E-mail: 10 e-mails. Approx. 200 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 658 e-mails. Approx. 23,400 words

— Covers Designed and Finished: 0. Covers finished month-to-date: 3 Covers

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Writer’s Conference Day Two

I’m in Logan, Utah. And actually, today was only the first day of the conference, but it was my second day here in town.

Got checked in just fine and met everyone and then got directions to a local antique mall since I had a few hours open. Found a couple of nifty things and some great marbles.

Then did a two hour class on productivity and then had a wonderful couple hour conversation with some professional writers who were here. Then another panel.

Then out to dinner with four really nice professional writers for a great four hour dinner and conversation.

Now back in the room, stuffed with great food and tired, which is good since I have to be up tomorrow pretty close to the time I normally go to bed.

I think I have made the switch smartly by arriving early and so on, but tomorrow will be the test. (grin)

TOPIC OF THE NIGHT: New World

Nothing tonight because I’ve talked enough today.

So a cat picture Kris sent me of one of the two new cats. This guy I am calling, for the moment Duece.

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Totals For Year 3, Month 1, Day 28

Writing in Public blog streak Day 758

— Daily Fiction: 00 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 20,500 words  

— Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 15,750 words 

— Blog Posts: 200 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 15,000 words

— E-mail: 8 e-mails. Approx. 100 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 648 e-mails. Approx. 23,200 words

— Covers Designed and Finished: 0. Covers finished month-to-date: 3 Covers

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Writer’s Conference

I’m in Logan, Utah.

Yeah, I said that. (grin)  Logan, Utah, for a writer’s conference.

The League of Utah Writers 2015 Conference. Nice hotel, looks like a nice conference center, and so far things have been great. Easy trip, great conversation with friends in Boise.

So far, so good.

Now many of you might be asking why I would do this. Actually, I asked at first why anyone at a writer’s conference would invite me to give a keynote speech. (I actually asked them if they knew who I was. Not kidding.)

So tomorrow I give a two hour talk on productivity and quality. (Yeah, that will be fun.) And I am on a panel on publishing contracts. (Even more fun.)

Then on Saturday I do a two hour talk on Making a Living with Fiction (double the fun) and then another panel and then the keynote speech that night, if they haven’t chased me out of the building yet. (I promised them I will keep the speech short.)

E-mail and everything on workshops just goes on as normal since I have both a computer and my iPad here. And I will be home before the new week starts, so no issue on anything on assignments.

So anyone who can make it to this beautiful city of Logan, Utah, do come by the conference. I am sure it will be a few days many will not forget. (grin)

TOPIC OF THE NIGHT: New World

Here I am at a mainstream writer’s conference and I am known for being critical about a lot of different publishing things. Heck, just a couple nights ago I did a ten stupid things about the publishing business post.

But honestly, I am not critical or do I blame traditional publishers for having horrid contracts or not promoting or agents for taking advantage of writers. I don’t blame them in the slightest. This is a business, after all.

Who I blame, and always blame and try to educate, are the writers who sign the bad contracts, writers who go with agents without knowing them, writers who give away all rights for the life of a copyright, and so on and so on.

Without poorly educated writers, traditional publishers would fail or change. Without poorly educated writers, agents would mostly no longer exist and the few that remained would be working with only old-timers for different reasons. Without poorly educated writers, scam vanity publishers would vanish overnight.

So I am here to try to help educate a few writers who are willing to listen. There will be many I will just make angry. (Yup, I know… Shock!)

But a few writers here will listen to a few things and maybe, just maybe, go on to have a writing career.

And for those few, I have made the drive.

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Totals For Year 3, Month 1, Day 27

Writing in Public blog streak Day 757

— Daily Fiction: 00 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 20,500 words  

— Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 15,750 words 

— Blog Posts: 500 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 14,800 words

— E-mail: 14 e-mails. Approx. 600 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 640 e-mails. Approx. 23,100 words

— Covers Designed and Finished: 0. Covers finished month-to-date: 3 Covers

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Class #21… Sept 7th … Pitches and Blurbs
Class #22… Sept 7th … How to Write Thrillers
Class #23… Sept 7th … How to Write Science Fiction
Class #24… Sept 7th … Character Voice/Setting
Class #25… Sept 8th … Character Development
Class #26… Sept 8th … Depth in Writing
Class #27… Sept 8th … Making a Career
Class #28… Sept 9th … Cliffhangers
Class #29… Sept 9th … Pacing Your Novel
Class #30… Sept 9th … Advanced Depth

Class #31… Oct 5th … Advanced Depth
Class #32… Oct 5th … Character Voice/Setting
Class #33… Oct 5th … Pacing Your Novel
Class #34… Oct 5th … Ideas into Stories
Class #35… Oct 6th … Character Development
Class #36… Oct 6th … Depth in Writing
Class #37… Oct 6th … Making a Career
Class #38… Oct 7th … Designing Covers
Class #39… Oct 7th … Writing and Selling Short Stories
Class #40… Oct 7th … How to Write Science Fiction

Class #41… Nov 2nd … Pitches and Blurbs
Class #42… Nov 2nd … How to Write Thrillers
Class #43… Nov 2nd … How to Write Science Fiction
Class #44… Nov 2nd … Character Voice/Setting
Class #45… Nov 3rd … Character Development
Class #46… Nov 3rd … Depth in Writing
Class #47… Nov 3rd … Making a Career
Class #48… Nov 4th … Cliffhangers
Class #49… Nov 4th … Pacing Your Novel
Class #50… Nov 4th … Advanced Depth

Class #51… Dec 7th … Advanced Depth
Class #52… Dec 7th … Character Voice/Setting
Class #53… Dec 7th … Pacing Your Novel
Class #54… Dec 7th … Ideas into Stories
Class #55… Dec 8th … Character Development
Class #56… Dec 8th … Depth in Writing
Class #57… Dec 8th … Making a Career
Class #58… Dec 9th … Designing Covers
Class #59… Dec 9th … Writing and Selling Short Stories
Class #60… Dec 9th … How to Write Science Fiction
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Classic Workshops offered.

Making a Living... Classic
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Writing in Series... Classic
Genre Structure... Classic

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#9... Practice: The Attitude and Methods of Practice in Fiction... Dean Wesley Smith.... 10 videos... $50.00

#10... Master Plot Formula: How and Why It Works Today... Dean Wesley Smith.... 9 videos... $50.00

#11... Prolific Lecture: How to Become a Prolific Fiction Writer... Dean Wesley Smith.... 10 videos... $50.00

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#13... Starting Writing. Or Restarting Your Writing... Dean Wesley Smith.... 9 videos... $50.00

#14... Endings: How to Write Them and Understand What Makes a Good Ending... Dean Wesley Smith.... 9 videos... $50.00

#15... Audio Narration Lecture... Jane Kennedy.... 9 audio lectures... $50.00

#16... Your Writing as an Investment Lecture... Dean Wesley Smith.... 9 videos... $50.00

#17... How to Get Your Books into Bookstores Lecture... Dean Wesley Smith.... 10 videos... $50.00

#18... How to Think Like a Science Fiction Writer Lecture... Kristine Kathryn Rusch....11 videos... $50.00

#19... Why Some Books Sell More Than Other Books... Dean Wesley Smith.... 9 videos... $50.00

#20... How to Write a Page Turning Novel or Story: Basics and Tricks ... Dean Wesley Smith.... 8 videos... $50.00

#21... The Basics of Designing Science Fiction Covers ... Allyson Longueira .... 8 videos... $50.00

#22... The Basics of Designing Mystery, Cozy, or Thriller Covers ... Allyson Longueira .... 8 videos... $50.00

#23... Paying the Price: A Working Writer's Mindset ... Dean Wesley Smith.... 10 videos... $50.00

#24... Writing into the Dark: The Tricks and Methods of Writing Without an Outline... Dean Wesley Smith... 12 videos... $50.00

#25... Reviews: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly... Dean Wesley Smith... 10 videos... $50.00

#26... Organization... Allyson Longueira... 8 videos... $50.00

#27... Confidence... Dean Wesley Smith... 10 videos... $50.00

#28... Stories to Novels... Dean Wesley Smith... 9 videos... $50.00

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