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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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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)

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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New Bundle Just Went Live

I have my science fiction novel THE HIGH EDGE in a brand new bundle that just started a few hours ago at www.storybundle.com/disasters

The High Edge ebook cover rebrand 2015 web

This full novel is set in my Seeders Universe. And there is a reason it is in the “disasters” bundle because I tend to have a pretty high body count in this one. (grin) All disaster related, of course. No character kills anyone. (spoiler not)

So you can get my book to test out the Seeders Universe and you can get books by Bob Meyer, Brian Herbert and Bruce Taylor, David Sakmyster, Bill Ransom, Alan Rogers, Laura Ann Gilman, Brian Herbert and Jan Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson and Doug Beason, Chris Mandeville, and an anthology edited by John Joseph Adams and Hugh Howey with 22 stories in it.

That’s right, 11 books which include a bunch of short fiction. If you pay at least $15 or more, you get all eleven books. And you can donate a little to the Challenger Center in the process.

www.storybundle.com/disasters

And the women in science fiction bundle still has a few hours to go, but not many. You will be bummed you missed that one.

Not much to report other than the bundle tonight. Another very busy day with a lot of business talk.

And for some reason tonight I watched a couple episodes of The Shark Tank while eating some dinner. (Never watched it before.) I just kept laughing imagining writers standing up there in front of those people and trying to give a business plan. The thought just kept making me giggle. There are a few writers who could do it, but darned few.

I could just hear the question from one of the sharks…

Shark: Are you telling me that you are giving an untrained person you haven’t vetted 15% of all your money for a few hours work? And you are selling property for a few thousand dollars for the life of the property? What does this person do and how do you make a living or a profit?

Writer:  Uhh, I don’t make a living or a profit and the person takes care of me.

Shark: You are telling me that in your own business you have hired a person who you did not vet and are giving them 15% forever of all your property just to be a body man for you?

Writer: Uhh, they don’t do that kind of job.

Shark: What exactly does this person do then?

Writer: Make a few phone calls, read my manuscript, negotiate a contract for me.

Shark: So this person is an attorney?

Writer: Uh, no…

Sharks fall out of their chairs laughing.

TOPIC OF THE NIGHT: New World

One again I flat didn’t have time to get to finishing the first chapter on the new book. Might need to wait until the middle of next week now to get started.

You all might have noticed that Kris has two books in a Storybundle that is just ending and I have one in a bundle that is just starting up.

www.storybundle.com

When Kris put together the Women in Science Fiction Bundle and when Kevin J. Anderson put together the Disasters Bundle, they both had to ignore all writers who were only traditionally published. The traditional publishing contracts would not allow the writers to participate in this wonderful way to get books to readers.

Nope: Traditional publishers want their writers to be exclusive with the book or novel. Just like Amazon does in its Kindle Unlimited program.

If your book is in the Kindle Unlimited Program, it can’t be in the bundle either.

But bundles really help readers find writers they were not familiar with.

One of the top ten things I said in that business post last night was a poke at how writers think exclusivity is a good thing.

Now I meant that toward all the people who swear by the religion of Kindle Unlimited.

However, in this modern world, writers do exactly the same stupidity as only having books in one bookstore by only having books in traditional publishing.

The indie world is here to stay and it is golden. And in a ton of blogs all over the place, people have gone back and forth on the benefits of either traditional and indie, or being a hybrid writer, which means doing both.

(But no book under contract to a big five or in Kindle Unlimited can be in a bundle.)

 

These bundles are an amazing way for readers to get a lot of quality books cheaply and find new professional writers in the process. That’s why I push them all the time.

Bundles in this fashion, with multi-authors in the bundles for a short time, is a totally new world. It did not and could not exist seven years ago.

But writers continue to shoot themselves in the foot by being exclusive, one way or the other. Just makes no sense to me to cut out supply to readers purposefully.

But Kindle Unlimited authors have their reasons and so do traditional-only authors. And they preach the reasons to anyone who will listen.

Neither make a lick of sense to me in this new world.

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Totals For Year 3, Month 1, Day 26

Writing in Public blog streak Day 756

— 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: 800 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 14,300 words

— E-mail: 11 e-mails. Approx. 400 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 626 e-mails. Approx. 22,500 words

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

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Cats but no chapter yet.

Kris got a number of great pictures of the two new cats. The one sitting up is the girl, the one behind her is the guy.

I think considering that they have only been in the house for a week, we might be making some progress.

We shall see over the next few months, but one of them stayed out of hiding and watched Kris work on her computer, so that’s pretty good.

And yes, they are red point Bermans just as my old buddy Walter was.

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TOPIC OF THE NIGHT: Business Conversation

I ended up getting busy today with some fantastic conversations on business, so ended up not getting as much done as I thought I might on Heinlein’s Rules book. But I did get the introduction and first chapter mostly done and part of the second chapter. Once I get two or three chapters ahead in the writing, I’ll start posting them.

One of the nice things about being an indie writer is that I am writing to my own deadline. I want to get projects done, but things are not critical and can change at a moment’s notice if needed.

So I’m not going to count the pages I did write today until I post them in the next day or so.

Note that this month doesn’t have a lot of words attached so far. About 66 thousand words counting everything, way under my normal total. Not bothered at all because next month will be large again. And July was large.

I’m looking at doing two novels in September. Stay tuned to see how that goes. (grin)

I want to mention the fantastic conversation I had today with a great friend. He’s been a major business attorney for forty years, and it was wonderful to talk with him in a sane manner, not at all like talking to writers who think giving away property for almost nothing is the thing to do.

We talked corporation structures, cash streams (and flows) in business, how growing businesses make the transition from early stages to successful and stable businesses. And so much more that is critical.

I am around writers so much, I love the sanity of regular business people. It’s like I have been drinking thick, muddy water and suddenly get a glass of clear, fresh water. Writers, for some reason beyond me, think that real world business practices do not apply to writing.

So just for fun, and because I had the sanity of real business conversations today, I have listed ten things off the top of my head that are really, really stupid business practices in publishing that would never be done in real world business.

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Totals For Year 3, Month 1, Day 25

Writing in Public blog streak Day 755

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

— E-mail: 18 e-mails. Approx. 900 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 615 e-mails. Approx. 22,100 words

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

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Class #21… Sept 7th … Pitches and Blurbs
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Class #23… Sept 7th … How to Write Science Fiction
Class #24… Sept 7th … Character Voice/Setting
Class #25… Sept 8th … Character Development
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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

You can sign up for these and start at any point. They are the regular workshops, only you don't send in the homework and you can take them as fast or as slow as you would like.

They are half the price of a regular six week workshop.

Classic Workshops offered.

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

Lecture Series

More information on these lectures under the Lecture Series Tab above.

#1... Heinlein's Rules... Dean Wesley Smith 15 videos... $75.00

#2... Read Like a Writer... Kristine Kathryn Rusch... 8 videos... $50.00

#3... How to Write a Short Story: The Basics... Kristine Kathryn Rusch.... 7 videos... $50.00

#4... Writer's Block and Procrastination... Dean Wesley Smith... 8 videos... $50.00

#5... Carving Time Out for Your Writing... Dean Wesley Smith.... 8 videos... $50.00

#6... How to Research for Fiction Writers... Kristine Kathryn Rusch.... 14 videos... $75.00

#7... Pen Names: Help With the Decision... Dean Wesley Smith.... 10 videos... $50.00

#8... Motivation: Starting Easier and Writing More... Dean Wesley Smith.... 9 videos... $50.00

#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

#12... The Stages of a Fiction Writer: How to Know Where You Are In Learning and How To Move Upward... Dean Wesley Smith.... 11 videos... $50.00

#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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