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Topic of the Night: A New Online Workshop: Teams in Fiction

Kris and I have decided, once again, to tackle a really, really important area of fiction, but one we believe most writers flat don’t understand or even realize exists.

Teams in Fiction

Basically, when Lester Dent (under a pen name) invented Doc Savage, he broke an old fiction tradition of one character and a sidekick. With Doc Savage, he created five team members that worked around Doc and by doing so set the template for all modern fiction.

Think about your favorite shows. NCIS, the number one show on television, has Gibbs in the middle and his team around him. Captain Kirk and his team. Luke and his team in Star Wars. Harry Potter and his team.  And on and on and on.

So Kris and I decided we would try to see how many people are interested in taking their fiction to another level by learning how teams in modern fiction work. This will be a difficult craft and awareness workshop.

It will be done a lot like the depth workshop, with lots of examples and lots of writing in assignments. We only barely touched on teams in the thriller workshop, barely. We didn’t even begin to talk about how each team member plays a part, a very specific part that readers are expecting to read.

And that villains have teams as well.

If you know how to create the team characters and the center character in your stories to give readers what they want and expect, you will make a lot more sales.

So here is the official blurb on the workshop. We are offering it June, July, and August. Limited to 12 in June and 5 each in July and August, so only 22 spots open on this workshop for the summer.

Information on how to sign up under the Online Workshop tab above.

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TEAMS IN FICTION

In the modern world of fiction, teams of characters around a central figure play a critical part of the success of any novel or series. From NCIS to Star Trek to Harry Potter and Star Wars, teams form the center of most western fiction and storytelling

This workshop gives all the techniques and methods of building a successful team in your fiction, a team that readers will want to rejoin again and again, story after story.

This workshop will take a comprehensive look at how teams have come into our fiction and storytelling. From Lester Dent with Doc Savage to modern binge-watching shows, they all have teams.

In fact, in our modern world, readers and viewers are often uncomfortable when a team is not built quickly in a story.

And each character in the team plays a set role that you must be aware of as a writer before you can control the team in your own story. Readers are aware of a team member’s role, so being able to use that reader awareness to your advantage in your stories give you a massive advantage in sales.

This is a craft workshop similar to the depth workshop, with many examples of how teams are put together and built to bring in thousands of readers. And an awareness workshop. Once you see the roles of teams in fiction, you will never not be able to see it or use it in your own work.

This workshop will change your writing, just as the depth workshop did. Don’t miss this one.

Thirty Fantastic Years

THIRTY FANTASTIC YEARS

Thirty years ago today I pulled into a driveway at an address in Albuquerque, New Mexico that Algis Budrys had sent me to. As I walked in the door, I met Kristine Kathryn Rusch and we have been together ever since.

We had a wonderful day today just having fun and talking about thirty years and about years to come.

I can’t even begin to imagine where I would have ended up if not for AJ sending me to that address. Certainly not here doing this. More than likely I would no longer be writing and would have just ended up working a golf course counter and playing poker. Or maybe I would have been an architect or a lawyer and used the education in those traditional ways. But no way of knowing.

So thanks, Kris, for a fantastic 30 years. They were a wonderful ride and I’m looking forward to thirty more.

The picture was taken about two months after we met thirty years ago right here in Lincoln City.

 

Dean and Kris

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Topic of the Night: New Workshop

On the way back from the valley this evening, we finally decided to try the Teams in Fiction online workshop. We have been sort of talking about the workshop and planning it for some time, but both of us figured it would be another of those areas that writers don’t even know exists, so don’t think they need to learn about.

But to end up as a stage four long-time professional writer, you need to understand all the rolls a team plays in fiction and how all the team members play certain parts in fiction.

So starting in June is Teams in Fiction Online workshop. As I said above, a lot like the Depth workshop in approach. Craft and awareness combined. It will change your writing and give it a richness you didn’t think was possible.

Kris and I are really deadly together with these sorts of things. (grin) Thanks, Kris, for a fun and entertaining and learning-filled thirty years.

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Totals For Year 3, Month 10, Day 4

Writing in Public blog streak… Day 959

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

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

— Blog Posts: 1,000 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 2,400 words

— E-mail: 9 e-mails. Approx. 300 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 92 e-mails. Approx. 5,700 words

— Covers Designed and Finished: 2. Covers finished month-to-date: 2 Covers

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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.

And thanks.
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A Workshop Day

A Workshop Day

Except for working some on Smith’s Monthly covers and moving stuff in the store, I think everything I did today had to do with workshops in one way or another.

And I got the third week of the Originality Workshop loaded onto to Youtube.

ATTENTION!

Last Day to Sign Up on May Online workshops.

Workshops start Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Not behind, but don’t wait any longer.

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Originality Workshop

Here is the link to Week 1, Session 3 of the Originality Workshop. I managed to get the third week loaded up as well today. I am only going to put occasional videos up here on this site, but will load the entire workshop on YouTube. But I will continue posting sessions here through the first week of the workshop.  I will have all forty-plus videos of the Originality workshop uploaded on Youtube I hope by the end of the week.

If you get a chance, subscribe to the channel on Youtube that holds the workshops. That way you’ll get notice when I put up a topic of the night video or something else.

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Topic of the Night: Nothing tonight

Eyes are tired from working on covers and doing all the workshop online stuff, or I guess I should say my eye is tired, so going to rest tonight. Back at the novel on Thursday to finish it by my deadline.

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Totals For Year 3, Month 10, Day 3

Writing in Public blog streak… Day 958

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

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

— Blog Posts: 200 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 1,400 words

— E-mail: 24 e-mails. Approx. 1,300 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 83 e-mails. Approx. 5,400 words

— Covers Designed and Finished: 2. Covers finished month-to-date: 2 Covers

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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.

And thanks.
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If you would like to leave a tip just hit Paypal.me/deanwesleysmith (Goes to WMG Publishing account, but I’ll get it just fine.)

 

June Online Workshops

JUNE ONLINE WORKSHOPS

All of the June Online Workshops marked below have openings. Click the workshop tab above for description and sign-up or go to www.wmgpublishingworkshops.com.

Each regular workshop is six weeks long and takes about 3-4 hours per week to do at your own pace and your own time. All workshops except Teams in Fiction are limited to just five writers. Teams in Fiction is a brand new craft workshop.

All workshops have openings.

Class #51… June 6th … The Business of Writing
Class #52… June 6th … Character Voice/Setting
Class #53… June 6th … Author Voice
Class #54… June 6th … Ideas into Stories
Class #55… June 7th … Teams in Fiction
Class #56… June 7th … Depth in Writing
Class #57… June 7th … Plotting With Depth
Class #58… June 8th … Writing Fiction Sales Copy
Class #59… June 8th … Writing and Selling Short Stories
Class #60… June 8th … Advanced Depth

Classic Workshops and Lectures are also available at any time.

Some Fun Stuff Today

Some Fun Stuff Today

A day of errands, meetings, and working in the store and on the workshops.

Also, I got notice that the first half of a podcast I did a little bit ago is now live. It’s on Writerfiles.fm and the link to the first half of my podcast is:

http://rainmaker.fm/audio/writer/dean-wesley-smith-file-1/

Thanks, Kelton and Caroline for the great job on this. He asked me questions about my early days in writing and some of what I have done and Heinlein’s Rules and things like that.

Fun, if you want to listen to me talk for twenty minutes. (grin)

ATTENTION!

Last Call on May Online workshops.

For May, there are three workshops that either have no one signed up or only one person. The three workshops are #42…Thrillers, #45…Suspense, and #45… Character Development. If you want to jump into one of those workshops this month, you’ll be basically getting private lessons from me.

Workshops start Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, so still plenty of time to jump in.

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Originality Workshop

Here is the link to Week 1, Session 2 of the Originality Workshop. I managed to get the second week loaded up as well today. I am only going to put occasional videos up here on the workshop on YouTube, not the entire workshop. But I will continue through the first week of the workshop.  I will have all forty-plus videos of the Originality workshop uploaded I hope by the end of the week.

Then I will record some fun Topics of the Night, again not meaning to replace the topics here that I do, but just add to them. Different to hear me rant in text vs seeing me rant on a recording. (grin)

Plus, might be fun to do a video take on some of the Sacred Cows of Publishing.

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Topic of the Night: Cash Streams

Because we have a new brick and mortar store opening its doors on the 25th of this month, I’ve been even more focused on cash streams than I normally am. And normally, as my friends will tell you, cash streams are a major focus for me all the time.

For those of you who might not understand the term, it is a business term that means a regular source of income for a business. A stream of income. One payment is not a stream, but if the payment has regular times it pays out, then it is a stream.

I have tended to laugh at (not to their faces) any writer who starts a publishing business and then goes only into Kindle Select, thus limiting themselves to one cash stream (and the whim of Amazon on how much money they are going to get.)

And I chuckle when someone looks at a few of my book’s sales rankings on Amazon and come to the conclusion I don’t make any money. I have way beyond 300 books on Amazon. Some of my books haven’t sold more than a copy all year, some have sold a lot.

Each book is a cash stream that feeds into the Amazon check, and the Amazon overseas checks, and the Kobo check, and the B&N check, and the iBooks check, and the D2D check, and the Smashwords check. Not even counting Gumroad and bundles and on and on and on.

WMG Publishing now has over 600 titles, folks. Each title is a tiny cash stream. And we will have two brick and mortar stores by the end of the month, both feeding the cash stream, and we have three ebay accounts feeding the cash stream, and audio accounts, and on and on and on.

Why I keep saying “on and on and on” is because there are more cash streams hitting the WMG Publishing accounts and Kris and my accounts, than I can remember at any give point. And I’m the CFO. Sure, I have them all written down in the accounting, but remembering that many is just impossible.

Some are large regularly, with commas in the number, some cash streams flow a small regular amount, but it adds up over the year. I like cash streams, big or small.

This focus on building and creating cash streams didn’t just come about overnight. I have always been focused on it, but when the indie world came around, and Kris and I saw what was possible in the indie world in this area, Kris and I jumped at it.

We knew it would take years and years to build some cash streams. But we understand playing the long game. That’s one of the many reasons Kris is doing the blogs on contracts and business she does.

We do understand that investing in our future is critical.

So that is why I do topics like this. I really want writers to start thinking like long-term professionals. Learn copyright and don’t sell all your rights to a traditional publisher.

And don’t only sell your book in one store.

And have more than one or two products to sell.

You will be stunned at how small, seemingly below-notice cash streams can add up into larger numbers over time.

So today was fun for me, as I said at the top, because two new cash streams started up just today. Two in one day.

In my world, that’s a fun day. (grin)

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Totals For Year 3, Month 10, Day 2

Writing in Public blog streak… Day 957

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

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

— Blog Posts: 800 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 1,200 words

— E-mail: 27 e-mails. Approx. 1,800 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 59 e-mails. Approx. 4,100 words

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

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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.

And thanks.
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If you would like to leave a tip just hit Paypal.me/deanwesleysmith (Goes to WMG Publishing account, but I’ll get it just fine.)

 

Some of My History

Some of My History

Today, while working on a new project for this web site (see the topic of the night below), I came across a video of what it was like when I was skiing.

Now, I was never as good as the guys they are showing here, but I skied with some of them regularly. And a number of others who were in the early days of the hotdogging, as we called it.

I was into snow skiing and the fun of the early days of hotdogging from 1969 to the spring of 1972. Crazy fun.

In person, I can tell you some wild stories.

But watching this video will tell you why I have such bad knees and a bad back, especially combined with thirty years of playing golf far more than I skied.

And yes, I miss it.

Do I ski anymore? Nope. I walked away in 1972 when the season ended and except for two one-day exceptions, managed to stay away. Skiing was a drug to me I had to kick to move forward with my life, I love it that much.

ATTENTION!

Anyone who is signed for a May online workshop should have gotten a letter from me. If you did not, write me.

For May, there are three workshops that either have no one signed up or only one person. The three workshops are #42…Thrillers, #45…Suspense, and #45… Character Development. If you want to jump into one of those workshops this month, you’ll be basically getting private lessons from me.

Workshops start Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday

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Topic of the Night: Starting Something New

At the writer lunch today, we got talking about YouTube and the value of it. And I mentioned that WMG Publishing has retired completely 12 online workshops since we started them.

That’s right. Twelve. Not taken back to classic, but completely retired. So a bunch of us figured it would be a good idea to get some of those retired workshops up on YouTube.

And I agreed.

I will be also recording a bunch of videos on Topic of the Nights, not to replace the writing here, but to just give another video take on it.

So this afternoon I managed to learn a bunch of things about YouTube and got the first week of the Originality Workshop up in a list, plus the first assignment.

I was surprised, actually, that we had retired the workshop. We recorded it two years ago and it still is a good one, at least the first week. Not sure why it got retired. Maybe just got missed on a new schedule and then forgotten.

So every night I will put a link to one of the YouTube videos here. Eventually, over the next two weeks or so, I’ll have the entire Originality workshop up.

It should be a way to see what the online workshops are like for those of you who have never taken one. And I hope to help your writing and publishing in some ways.

Watch the videos in order. They are labeled clearly.

And please, whatever you do, don’t send me the assignments. I only read assignments from those of you on the main workshops each month. (grin)

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Totals For Year 3, Month 10, Day 1 (Totals started over.)

Writing in Public blog streak… Day 956

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

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

— Blog Posts: 400 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 400 words

— E-mail: 32 e-mails. Approx. 2,300 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 32 e-mails. Approx. 2,300 words

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

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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.

And thanks.
Oo4th_patreon_name

If you would like to leave a tip just hit Paypal.me/deanwesleysmith (Goes to WMG Publishing account, but I’ll get it just fine.)

 

Had Fun Working in Our New Bookstore

Fun Working in Our New Bookstore

Yeah, that’s right, WMG Publishing will, in short order, be the owner of a brick and mortar bookstore. It’s a large area inside of the new Pop Culture Collectables store. Actually one third of the entire store is paperbacks, hardbacks, sf and mystery digests, and magazines.

Another third of the store is a comic book store. Wait until you see the wall of comics. I’ll do pictures.

And in the comic book room will be die cast cars as well. And larger cars.

And the main room is toys, non-sports cards, cookie jars, sports collectables, jewelry, and collectable boxes and clocks. We also have in the bookstore area a wall of dvd films and old serials and you name it.

Billy used to manage a bookstore before he took over the first Pop Culture store for WMG, so he is pricing book regularly when he can get away from the other store. Josh, the new store manager, is working on getting thousands of comics in order and priced, as well as making sure all the cases and fixtures and everything else is in place. I’m helping with toys, cars, and other misc things. And we have others coming in to help as we get close to the first day of opening.

But tonight for hours I worked in the bookstore, clearing spaces, going through some boxes of X-Files stuff left from a collection we bought, and just having a blast.

I had to run up and down the stairs at times to continue loading in workshop videos, but good exercise.

This will be the second bookstore I have owned and the third comic book store, since the original Pop Culture Collectables is about a third comics as well, but no books out there. I opened my first bookstore in 1977 and my first comic store in 1979.

I had forgotten how much fun it is to just go play in books.

And yes, it will have a large area for WMG books. Including Fiction Rivers.

And later on this summer or early fall, once things settle down, we will have a Lionel Train running through the walls and around in all three major rooms of the store above the customer’s heads. Now that will be cool.

ATTENTION!

Anyone who is signed for a May online workshop should have gotten a letter from me. If you did not, write me.

And there is still room in all the workshops. Remember they are limited to no more than five (except the two new ones), so these workshops now have become more focused on me trying to help each person.

Workshops start Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday

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Topic of the Night: Very Nice Comment

Earlier today I got a very nice letter from a writer who had happened to read my collection Stories from July. She liked the collection and the blogs with the stories, but she really loved one story called “To Remember a Single Minute.”

To Remember Cover epub

Now I remember when I wrote that story it sort of got to me as well. That happens at times. It’s a sf story about a man losing his mind and he is allowed to remember vividly one minute of his life, but he has to pick which minute.

The writer who enjoyed the story said I should do some promotion on it, some discoverability. So that’s what I am doing.

It just so happens all the stories in Stories from July are now out in stand-alone form in ebook. They will also be out in paper later on as well.

You can get the story at http://www.amazon.com/Remember-Single-Minute-Wesley-Smith-ebook/dp/B01DAZD9P4

Kind of fun having all 32 of the Stories from July out now stand-alone as well as in the big collection.

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Totals For Year 3, Month 9, Day 30

Writing in Public blog streak… Day 955

— Daily Fiction: 00 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 24,100 words  

— Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 1,800 words 

— Blog Posts: 400 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 18,500 words

— E-mail: 10 e-mails. Approx. 300 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 563 e-mails. Approx. 36,600 words

— Covers Designed and Finished: 0. Covers finished month-to-date: 1 Covers

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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.

And thanks.
Oo4th_patreon_name

If you would like to leave a tip just hit Paypal.me/deanwesleysmith (Goes to WMG Publishing account, but I’ll get it just fine.)

Workshops and Store

Workshops and Store

A focused day, since this is the end of the month and the May workshops are starting up on Monday, so lots of things to do. Also, we are aiming at having the new store open by the 25th, so I’m going to be spending some time there.

ATTENTION!

Anyone who is signed for a May online workshop should have gotten a letter from me. If you did not, write me.

And there is still room in all the workshops. Remember they are limited to no more than five (except the two new ones), so these workshops now have become more focused on me trying to help each person.

Workshops start Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday

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Topic of the Night: Nothing tonight

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Totals For Year 3, Month 9, Day 29

Writing in Public blog streak… Day 954

— Daily Fiction: 00 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 24,100 words  

— Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 1,800 words 

— Blog Posts: 200 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 18,100 words

— E-mail: 12 e-mails (Not counting all the letters to workshop people). Approx. 300 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 553 e-mails. Approx. 36,500 words

— Covers Designed and Finished: 0. Covers finished month-to-date: 1 Covers

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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.

And thanks.
Oo4th_patreon_name

If you would like to leave a tip just hit Paypal.me/deanwesleysmith (Goes to WMG Publishing account, but I’ll get it just fine.)

Setting Up New Writing Schedule

Setting Up New Writing Schedule

Still pretty tired from the sleep schedule getting screwed up, so spent the day doing workshop stuff and getting ready to really fire back up the writing. See Topic of the Night below.

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The Day

Once again nothing really much to talk about. Made it through some errands and then went for a walk with another professional writer to get some steps in. Then back to WMG offices to work on workshop stuff.

Then I headed home around 8 p.m. to cook dinner, then back working on workshop stuff and my writing stuff for the rest of the night.

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Workshops

May Online workshops are starting next Monday.

That’s right, May 1st is Sunday. Workshops start on Tuesday. And still room in both new workshops that are starting in May, plus the Author Voice workshop that started last month and the Dialog workshop that started the month before.

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Topic of the Night: New Writing Focus. 

I’ve been working on trying to get focused back on my writing. I have three issues of Smith’s Monthly ready to be put together, but WMG Publishing is slow on that at the moment, so I slowed down as well. Now I have a hunch WMG will ramp into the work I have given them, so I need to stay ahead if I plan to get Smith’s Monthly back on schedule.

So here is the plan. I know this is sort of tempting the world to toss things in the way, but here is how my thinking is going. Might want to detail out this same sort of thing for yourself when trying to ramp up your writing for a time. (Warning: There is math involved.)

The Real World Tasks

First, I looked at the outside stuff I want to do. Our new store will be opening in late May and I want to do a lot of work there because it’s great fun.

I also have two workshops to record through May. They are all detailed out, but just not recorded yet and that takes time.

So that’s the two major tasks plus my normal work as WMG Publishing CFO.

I looked hard at all that and I think I can still carve out my normal writing time from midnight onward. Maybe earlier when I get into June.

Writing Goals

I want to first off get Smith’s Monthly back on schedule. My writing isn’t far off on that, but I need a month or two of two novels per month to get ahead again.

I also want to try once again the craziness of Stories from July in July, so no novels that month because I will be firing at 31 short stories again.

So with looking at all that, here is how I figured the real world could combine with a reasonable writing schedule to get me through the rest of the year.

DEAN’S WRITING SCHEDULE FOR THE REST OF 2016

— Finish Death Takes a Partner by May 15th

— Finish a new novel by June 1st

— Finish a new novel by June 15th

— Finish a new novel by June 30th.

— 31 short stories in July.

— Finish a new novel by August 15th

— Finish a new novel by September 1st

— Finish a new novel by September 15th

— Finish a new novel by October 1st.

— October has both some travel, since I will be a keynote speaker at a conference plus teaching for a week at the Master Class here, so one new novel in October.

— One new novel in November.

— One new novel in December.

Summary of Schedule

Eleven novels between now and January 1st, plus the short stories in July. Actually a pretty reasonable schedule for me.

If this seems excessive, just do the math.

Most of my novels are around 50,000 words, maybe less. So in 15 days I need to average over 3,000 words a day. (In July I will average more than that with the short stories.)

It takes me about three hours of writing to do 3,000 words on average, more in the opening of a novel, less later in the book.

So if I make myself get to my writing computer by 12:30 to 1 a.m. or so every night, I’ll be fine.  Anything written earlier will be a bonus.

Also, I have had many, many months in the last few years of doing this well beyond 100,000 words of fiction, so this isn’t breaking any new ground anywhere with that either.

Issues With This Plan

There are always the unforeseen issues that arise, but I can’t worry about them, just deal with them as they arise.

But issues I can see are schedule disruption. That is a killer for me these days. Things like jury duty and getting up in the middle of my night just knock me for a loop for a few days afterwards. So I need to focus on controlling my schedule as much as life will allow me to do so.

Travel and workshops. I have worked both of those into the schedule. Both are in October. Both will knock me off my schedule, so I planned for that.

Those, at the moment are the only two things I can see that will derail this, but again, the unforeseen reality of events of the world will hit at times I am sure.

And I want to take days to go play and see movies and things like that. But I think this schedule builds that in just fine as well.

So we shall see.

Plan Your Year Now

There is a real reason to plan your writing year like I just did right now. The time of great forgetting is coming up fast. Plan the writing, plan the activities like a workshop or reading that will get you from here to August with a focus on writing and words done.

A main reason I just did this tonight is because of the new store. I love playing with collectables and if I let myself, that’s all I would do for the next three months and then regret it in August.

So I’m set with real deadlines.

Join the fun. Set your deadlines to get through this coming three months and to the end of the year.

You’ll be happy you did.

Now, here I go. Right out here in public. If nothing else, this might be interesting to watch. (grin)

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The Writing of Death Takes a Partner: A Mary Jo Assassin Novel

Day 1.. 2,100 words.   Total words so far… 2,100 words.
Day 2.. 4,400 words.  Total words so far… 6,500 words.
Day 3.. 4,200 words.  Total words so far… 10,700 words.
Day 4.. 2,150 words.  Total words so far… 12,850 words.
Day 5.. 2,200 words.  Total words so far… 15,500 words.
Day 6.. 2,050 words.  Total words so far… 17,550 words.

 

Totals For Year 3, Month 9, Day 28

Writing in Public blog streak… Day 953

— Daily Fiction: 00 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 24,100 words  

— Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 1,800 words 

— Blog Posts: 900 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 17,900 words

— E-mail: 12 e-mails. Approx. 400 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 541 e-mails. Approx. 36,200 words

— Covers Designed and Finished: 0. Covers finished month-to-date: 1 Covers

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Workshop Day

Workshop Day

Still pretty tired from the schedule getting screwed up yesterday with jury duty, so spent the day doing workshop stuff.

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The Day

Nothing really much to talk about. Introduced our cleaning person to the new cat, then headed to the WMG offices to work on workshop stuff. Had lunch with Kris, then more workshop stuff.

Home for dinner around 7 p.m. and then I watched the Blazer game with the new cat on my lap. Then I took a nap, watched more television, worked on more workshop stuff, and am now going to call it a night.

Got stuff accomplished, just nothing exciting. (grin)

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Workshops

May Online workshops are starting next Monday.

That’s right, May 1st is Sunday. Workshops start on Tuesday. And still room in both new workshops that are starting in May, plus the Author Voice workshop that started last month and the Dialog workshop that started the month before.

I am sort of surprised at times how good a list of workshops we have right now.

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Topic of the Night: Did three this week. 

Enough for now.

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The Writing of Death Takes a Partner: A Mary Jo Assassin Novel

Day 1.. 2,100 words.   Total words so far… 2,100 words.
Day 2.. 4,400 words.  Total words so far… 6,500 words.
Day 3.. 4,200 words.  Total words so far… 10,700 words.
Day 4.. 2,150 words.  Total words so far… 12,850 words.
Day 5.. 2,200 words.  Total words so far… 15,500 words.
Day 6.. 2,050 words.  Total words so far… 17,550 words.

(I have a hunch this won’t be the final image on the book or magazine cover, but works for now.)

Totals For Year 3, Month 9, Day 27

Writing in Public blog streak… Day 952

— Daily Fiction: 00 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 24,100 words  

— Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 1,800 words 

— Blog Posts: 200 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 17,000 words

— E-mail: 14 e-mails. Approx. 500 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 529 e-mails. Approx. 35,800 words

— Covers Designed and Finished: 0. Covers finished month-to-date: 1 Covers

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