Tuesday… Year 2, Month 12, Day 28 of this Writing in Public challenge.
Day 28 of the STORIES FROM JULY challenge.
The challenge is to write a short story every day for the month of July and put them all in one massive book, along with these blogs about the writing of the stories.
Such a crazy busy day, I almost didn’t leave time to do a short story tonight. I managed to get out of the house around 2:30 p.m. after talking collectables with the wonderful woman who cleans our house every week.
Off to snail mail, back to WMG Publishing offices for a very short time, then off to meet Kris for lunch, then back to WMG offices again, then out to the WMG store.
I made it back to the WMG offices around 5 p.m. for the third time. I got the cover done for last night’s story, then headed off to the grocery store and then home.
I managed to watch the news and have dinner before heading back to WMG offices for the fourth time in the day. There I worked on workshop stuff and also worked in one warehouse to dig out some things for the WMG store
Around 11 p.m. I ran that stuff out to the store, then went home.
At 11:30 p.m. I started into the assignments, worked for an hour, went to watch a little bit of television, then back in here to finish the workshop assignments. The third assignment for the Advanced Depth workshop tonight and that’s always a fun one for me, but takes time.
So got done around 2:30 a.m., then went to sit in my chair and rest my one eye for a short time. Kris and I talked about some travel plans for a time and by 3:30 a.m. I sat down to start a story.
Half-title pages from Ellery Queen Magazine in the 1970s got me the phrase “A Study of” and then I noticed the phrase “An Accident.”
Jammed those two together for “A Study of an Accident: A Bryant Street Story.” I didn’t add the Bryant Street part until I got to the end and realized it was a Bryant Street story.
I wrote 1,100 words by 4:30 a.m.
I took a very short break and went back at it and finished the story by 5:20 a.m.
Update on yesterday’s story: Kris said the story worked and was fun. Thanks, Kris!
TOPIC OF THE NIGHT: More on Learning
As Kris and I put these two new online workshops together, Careers and Character Development, and I record them, I am learning a ton.
Trying to figure out ways to explain something in a clear way can really make a person see new stuff, and I am no exception to that. I am seeing all sorts of new things.
And also, the assignments help me keep learning. Part of one assignment on the Advanced Depth workshop is to find stories that have a certain type of opening.
Now, understand, there are a bunch of ways at coming at openings, and often the ways combine when in the hands of masters. (Stage Four Writers.) So the discussion I get to have with other writers about openings in that workshop is just fantastic for me. I get to study other Stage Four Writers and learn as well.
This is the second time doing that workshop and I am learning as much stuff this second time as I did the first time through.
So back to the Careers workshop that I am working on today and tomorrow. This new world of writing is really changing careers that writers have. I have said numbers of times that I think the successful career writer in twenty years will not resemble the successful career writer of twenty years ago.
And we are flat in the center of this transition from one form of career fiction writer to another.
Since I started over twenty years ago, part of my learning process is unlearning old and now worthless information and ways of doing things.
What’s worthless? Agents? And traditional book publishers, to name two of the large worthless things in this new world of career writers. Both no longer serve a purpose for the career writer of twenty years from now.
Some forms of traditional publishers will still be around in the short fiction world and specialty book world. But the idea of selling a novel forever to a traditional publisher will be stunningly silly to a successful career writer twenty years from now.
As some of you might remember, we started this careers workshop as a workshop with the fifty pitfalls and advice every writer who wants a career should know. That is still the structure.
Some of those pitfalls will be trying to help writers to not fall for silliness like signing an all rights contract for the life of a copyright. Or not fall for the scams of developmental editors and how to even spot one, as we have talked a little about here.
But much of this will also be survival methods to help career writers make it through the ups and downs of a career.
Remember, this workshop is not about making a living. This is about making a career.
And even though I have had a career now for over three decades, by putting this together to teach, I am learning all sorts of new stuff. And a lot of it will help me move toward being that new form of successful career writer in twenty years.
Yes, all these blogs and writing articles and all these covers and all the stories will be in the big book Stories from July put together when this is all done. It will be for sale in all forms except audio and will be given free to the Patreon supporters. (Audio will take much more time if the fine folks at WMG Publishing think it is worth it.)
STORIES FROM JULY
(Story #0… June 30th… The Library of Atlantis…. 4,000 words.)
Story #1… July 1… The Case of the Dead Lady Blues… 3,700 words
Story #2… July 2… A Bad Patch of Humanity… 4,050 words
Story #3… July 3… They Were Divided by Cold Debt…3,450 words
Story #4… July 4… The Problem of Grapevine Springs…4,550 words
Story #5… July 5… Best Eaten on a Slow Tuesday…3,000 words
Story #6… July 6… A Matter for a Future Year…3,000 words
Story #7… July 7… Roses Around the Moment…4,550 words
Story #8… July 8… For the Delusion that Waited…1,250 words
Story #9… July 8… Here to Stay on the Edge…2,950 words
Story #10… July 9… The Great Alien Vibration…2,400 words
Story #11… July 10… A Great First Day …4,350 words
Story #12… July 11… The Face in the Fullness of Time …1,900 words
Story #13… July 12… Why Delay? Just Rub …2,400 words
Story #14… July 13… The Stone Slept Here …1,650 words
Story #15… July 14… An Obscene Crime Against Passion …3,150 words
Story #16… July 15… Make Myself Just One More …3,350 words
Story #17… July 16… Gods Have History …3,600 words
Story #18… July 17… Idanha Hotel …3,950 words
Story #19… July 18… Something Wasted On …1,850 words
Story #20… July 19… Nobody Slept Here …3,200 words
Story #21… July 20… Leaking Away a Life …5,400 words
Story #22… July 21… Coffee Shop Comedy …2,600 words
Story #23… July 22… The Cavern …4,400 words
Story #24… July 23… A Bad Day for the Dream …2,800 words
Story #25… July 24… The Remodeling of a Life …2,400 words
Story #26… July 25… Dreaming Large …3,150 words
Story #27… July 26… To Remember a Single Minute …1,250 words
Story #28… July 27… The Case of the Lost Treasure …3,200 words
Story #29… July 28… A Study of an Accident …2,300 words
Totals For Year 2, Month 12, Day 28
— Daily Fiction: 2,300 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 91,500 words
— Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 2,400 words
— Blog Posts: 1,100 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 27,500 words
— E-mail: 37 e-mails. Approx. 1,800 original words. E-mails month-to date: 531 e-mails. Approx. 22,000 words
— Covers Designed and Finished: 1. Covers finished month-to-date: 28 Covers
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