Over the last month plus, my focus has been all over the place. Thought I would talk a little bit about focus and writing tonight (See below).
Made it to WMG offices around 1:30 p.m. and took off shortly after that to go look at a vast X-Files collection with Billy, the WMG sales manager. Turns out the collection was huge, filling a lot of a garage. And the wonderful people who owned it had been collectors of other fine stuff over their lifetimes. And they had been major dealers at shows around the country and were now retiring completely.
When working with another dealer, you have to be flat honest with value and sales and such. Dealers can see right through another dealer’s tricks. So after getting a wonderful tour of some of their major collections, we got to work on trying to figure out what would be a fair price for the huge X-Files collection.
The collection fits perfectly in what we sell and will be selling at the new store. Pop Culture. So I was honest with them as to what we could make and pay and they agreed and we came to an agreement and I wrote them a check and tomorrow we will be moving the collection. I love working and dealing with other dealers.
And we all think that the pickers on that show called Pickers miss a ton of stuff every episode that the rest of us would grab instantly. (grin)
So back to the office, then the store, then home to cook dinner.
Then after a short nap, about 9:30 p.m. I went to work on the novel.
The thing had seemed to be going slowly and I couldn’t figure out what was happening because my focus was not on it. So I went back to the start of the novel and went through it, putting the book into my head once again and driving the focus back into place.
Changed almost nothing other than marking a few plot side trips that didn’t I had a hunch didn’t need to be in the book, but I’ll wait until I find the ending to deal with those. I have no idea, those plot side trips might be part of the coming ending. Still working into the dark, so don’t know. But now the book is back with me and I’m pretty happy with it so far.
And I’m focused on it again.
I’m not counting any words once again tonight, even though the book progressed seven or eight hundred words forward. I’ll just start writing forward tomorrow and count that.
MARCH WORKSHOP LIST
All of the March online workshops below have openings.
Also note that in April the AUTHOR VOICE workshop will be starting and I am taking sign-ups for that as well. It’s going to be a great workshop. If you want to learn how to understand and recognize your own author voice, how to alter your voice depending on stories, or even write invisible voice, and a ton more, that workshop will be for you.
Remember, each regular online workshop is six weeks long and takes about 3-4 hours per week to do at your own pace and your own time during the week.
All workshops have openings.
Class #21… Mar 7th … Pitches and Blurbs
Class #22… Mar 7th … How to Write Thrillers
Class #23… Mar 7th … Adding Suspense to Your Writing
Class #24… Mar 7th … Plotting With Depth
Class #25… Mar 8th … Character Development
Class #26… Mar 8th … Depth in Writing
Class #27… Mar 8th … Advanced Character and Dialog
Class #28… Mar 9th … Cliffhangers
Class #29… Mar 9th … Pacing Your Novel
Class #30… Mar 9th … Advanced Depth
Classic Workshops and Lectures are also available at any time.
Full descriptions of the workshops and how to sign up under the Online Workshop tab above.
TOPIC OF THE NIGHT: Focus
First off, a couple people wrote me privately and took offense, slightly, at my saying that I was surprised that with all the vast amount of press KU gets, that it was such a small percentage of overall books sales.
(Seems the Author Earnings report showed their silly sales king wasn’t wearing cloths.)
Let me get this straight…For a chance to get 13% or so of book sales, you cut out the other 87%? That just puzzles me.
And then on top of that, you limit your possible amount you can make and depend on Amazon to just give you money instead of you making it from sales. Yup, I am disdainful of that for any reason because it is just another one of those things in publishing that is flat silly when you look at it closely.
So yell at me if you want. I would rather sell books to 100% of the possible audience, including paper and audio. I have always said that, can’t imagine ever changing that.
As for the topic tonight, focus, I have noticed what we all know. When life takes your focus away from writing, the writing production suffers.
Sort of a well-duh.
And most of the time in my life, except it seems in December, January, and February, I have been able to mostly keep the focus on the writing. And honestly, I still am focused on the business, on learning craft, and on writing, but it tends to be that I give fewer hours to the writing part and more hours to the business and learning parts in the winter.
Not at all sure why that is.
Of course, major life issues that pull focus away sharply, such as sickness or death of a family member, just take time to recover from. The key with those is to recover. Some people I know had a major life event years ago and are still using it as an excuse to not write.
And some people just wait around, not writing, with their focus on waiting for the next major life event to hit them. That would drive me crazy.
So right now, it’s winter, I am doing a ton of stuff to try to get this web site shifted in the next step, and I am trying to help fire up a new physical store, which is my love and passion. So my focus is distracted.
And a huge part of the new store will be a bookstore, for those of you who think bookstores are fading away.
So tonight, I turned around and said enough of the distraction, time to get back to writing. Time to give the actual writing a focus.
We all have to do that at times. We all have to just say enough of the distraction and get back to writing.
So I did that today, even after buying a major collection for the stores. I came home and got back to focusing on the novel.
I gave the novel three hours plus tonight in focus.
Felt really good, honestly. So if you are distracted right about now, might want to give focus a try. (grin)
The Writing of Dead Hand: A Cold Poker Gang Mystery
(List shortened down because I have a hunch this is going to take some more days to finish. And I am fairly certain this book will not end up as long as the words I have put into it. Normal for writing a puzzle mystery into the dark.)
Day 17.. 1,100 words. Total words so far… 30,250 words.
Day 18.. 2,150 words. Total words so far… 32,400 words.
Day 19.. 1,700 words. Total words so far… 34,100 words.
Day 20.. 1,100 words. Total words so far… 35,200 words.
Day 21.. 1,050 words. Total words so far… 36,250 words.
Day 22.. 2,050 words. Total words so far… 38,300 words.
Day 23.. 1,850 words. Total words so far… 40,150 words.
Day 24.. 3,950 words. Total words so far… 44,100 words.
Day 25.. 2,000 words. Total words so far… 46,100 words.
Day 26.. 1,050 words. Total words so far… 47,150 words.
Day 27.. 1,150 words. Total words so far… 48,300 words.
Totals For Year 3, Month 7, Day 9
Writing in Public blog streak… Day 872
— Daily Fiction: 00 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 4,200 words
— Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 00 words
— Blog Posts: 1,000 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 7,400 words
— E-mail: 12 e-mails. Approx. 400 original words. E-mails month-to date: 190 e-mails. Approx. 9,700 words
— Covers Designed and Finished: 0. Covers finished month-to-date: 0 Covers
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