In the master class last month, we talked a lot about time and this new world of publishing. Thought I might bring it up here as well.
Made it out to the snail mail, then the store, then back to WMG offices by 4 p.m. Worked there on Smith’s Monthly, which will be my refrain for the next few weeks.
Then around 6 p.m. I headed out for a walk. Tomorrow is the day I will start hitting ten thousand steps, but wanted to work up to it a little. At the moment I have about 8,500 which will be about it for the day.
I met Kris for dinner at 7 p.m. and then around 8 we went out to where we are going to hold the anthology workshop in late February and talked about it. Going to work great.
Breakfast for everyone will be at the Anchor every morning, workshops in a really nice space at a local golf course clubhouse, late night talking back up at WMG Publishing. Going to be a blast.
Then home to watch some television, then I took a long nap, then got in here around 2 p.m. to do mail and get to writing.
Again I knew this was going to be short days and with luck, today is the last short day for writing. Maybe one more. It will depend. But in two short sessions got 2,100 words done.
Interior Book Design Online Workshop
A number of people have asked that we bring back Interior Book Design online class. It seems it is needed again. It is taught be me and Allyson Longueira.
I started to check it out this afternoon and I think it might be able to be brought back without a problem. For a short time I thought about making it a classic workshop, but realized that the feedback on the assignments is a major part of the workshop, helping everyone fine-tune the professional look of the interiors of their books.
So I’ll look at it closer and if I think it still works, I’ll announce it.
December Online Workshops Are Open for Sign-up
Note, because of the luck-of-the-draw and Christmas and New Years being late in the week this year, none of these workshops conflict with a holiday. January through March workshop list is also available to sign up for.
Class #51… Dec 7th … Advanced Depth
Class #52… Dec 7th … Character Voice/Setting
Class #53… Dec 7th … Adding Suspense to Your Writing
Class #54… Dec 7th … Ideas into Stories
Class #55… Dec 8th … Character Development
Class #56… Dec 8th … Depth in Writing
Class #57… Dec 8th … (to be announced)
Class #58… Dec 9th … Designing Covers
Class #59… Dec 9th … Writing and Selling Short Stories
Class #60… Dec 9th … How to Write Science Fiction
Sign up at www.wmgpublishingworkshops.com
TOPIC OF THE NIGHT: Time
Back in the days of traditional publishing, the time factor that Kris and I fought was the cash flow out ahead. Any freelancer does that. We would look at the money scheduled to come in, then the time it was scheduled for, then scheduled bills, and see if the two matched in any reality.
We made them match for about twenty-five years or more in traditional publishing.
Book deadlines for traditional publishers would also be a time issue, but always short-term and always easily fixed by just finishing the stupid book.
But in indie publishing, time-to-write is critical. But so is the time needed to do all the other stuff we all want and need to do with our publishing businesses.
Scott William Carter made up a wonderful way of expressing this as a test.
WIBBOW? Would I Be Better Off Writing?
That simple test often will help you find the right choice if you understand that your next book is your best promotion. If you don’t understand that simple fact, the test will often give you the wrong answer.
But you still have to do the publishing of your next book, the covers, the layout, the loading to sites. All takes time.
Trying to balance writing time and publishing time and marketing time and so on and so on is a killer for any indie writer/publisher.
It not only is a killer, it is the main point of conversation when professional writers get together these days.
What is worth my time?
Or… What kind of help can I get on that?
Or… more often…. I’ll get to that at some point.
So all of us make priorities with our time and our energy. I have been giving my writing a moderately set amount of time every day. Some days more, other days, such as today or all of October, not so much.
I do this blog every day to help writers understand time and how writing can happen with limited time.
But the topics of “time” and “time use” and “time management” need to be major areas of focus for all indie writers/publishers.
Time is everything.
And sadly, what I see are two critical and deadly areas that writers shuttle aside because they feel they don’t have the time.
Learning and Health.
There are hundreds of learning places around the world now that can help writers. Our online classes take three or four hours a week to do, yet that is often too much time for indie writers.
For me, I think learning time is just about the most important thing I can do to help my business and my craft of writing.
And health… Writers spend vast amounts of time at computers. Health gets forgotten, weight gets gained, and then ugly things happen eventually.
I am 65 years old and twenty-five pounds over my ideal weight. So I am spending time every day starting tomorrow, no small amount of time either, to get that under control.
Something about 65 and seeing a lot of my friends now gone or too sick to leave their homes can do that for a person.
So time is the issue for me. And for all of us.
Time is the great excuse maker. “I just don’t have enough time.”
Wow, have I said that a lot.
Time now is a major topic among professional writers. But we all need to add in as important and valid the time to learn and the time to stay healthy. That is seldom talked about. Sadly.
When does the WIBBOW test not apply? My opinion, when it comes to health and learning.
When it comes to health and learning, no, you would not be better off writing.
The Writing of GRAPEVINE SPRINGS: A Thunder Mountain Novel
Day 1…. 2,450 words. Total words so far… 2,450 words.
Day 2….5,300 words. Total words so far… 7,750 words.
Day 3….7,100 words. Total words so far… 14,850 words.
Day 4….2,250 words. Total words so far… 17,100 words.
Day 5….6,300 words. Total words so far… 23,400 words.
Day 6….2,450 words. Total words so far… 25,850 words.
Day 7….2,700 words. Total words so far… 28,550 words.
Day 8….2,100 words. Total words so far… 30,650 words.
Totals For Year 3, Month 4, Day 10
Writing in Public blog streak… Day 821
— Daily Fiction: 2,100 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 35,550 words
— Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 00 words
— Blog Posts: 1,000 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 7,000 words
— E-mail: 13 e-mails. Approx. 600 original words. E-mails month-to date: 235 e-mails. Approx. 14,400 words
— Covers Designed and Finished: 0. Covers finished month-to-date: 1 Covers
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