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New Lecture Available: Short Stories into Novels

Lecture #28

Short Stories to Novels

The Basics of When to Turn a Short Story into a Novel.

9 Videos.  This lecture covers the various ways that you can turn a short story into a novel. And what you need to do so. And when you should even consider doing so. This workshop covers the basics of the idea of turning a short story into a novel.

Price $50.00.

Sometimes short stories can start great novels. Sometimes a short story should remain just a short story and should never be expanded. This lecture will help you understand what you need to learn to figure out when and how to convert one form into a larger form.

This is just a lecture so it does not cover how to write a short story or how to write a novel. It assumes you already know that. The focus is when to turn a short story into a novel. And when not to.

Information on how to sign up under the Lecture Tab above or at www.wmgpublishingworkshops.com

August Online Workshops Start in One Week

AUGUST WORKSHOPS START IN ONE WEEK

All of the August Online Workshops marked below have openings. Click the workshop button for description and sign-up.

Each regular workshop is six weeks long and takes about 3-4 hours per week to do.

More information and how to sign up for a workshop is under the green button or under Online Workshops tab above.

All regular workshops have openings at the moment.

Class #11… Aug 3rd … Advanced Depth
Class #12… Aug 3rd … Character Voice
Class #13… Aug 3rd … Pacing Your Novel
Class #14… Aug 3rd … Ideas into Stories
Class #15… Aug 4th … Character Development
Class #16… Aug 4th … Depth in Writing
Class #17… Aug 4th … Making a Career
Class #18… Aug 5th … Designing Covers
Class #19… Aug 5th … Writing and Selling Short Stories
Class #20… Aug 5th … How to Write Science Fiction

Two New Workshops Added in August… Making a Career with Your Fiction Writing and Character Development


CLASSIC WORKSHOPS

Classic means you can go through all six weeks quickly and no homework… same workshop as when it was given over six weeks. You can sign up and start at any point during the month. No waiting until the end of the month on Classic Workshops.

Assignments are still there each week for you to do on your own and responses from a previous workshop about the assignments are still there, but I do not read any assignments. And the price is half price. $150 for Classic. And you can return to it at any point into the future. Think of them as a very expanded lecture.

Each Classic Workshop has about 50 videos.

Offered as Classic Workshops are the following five:

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

Descriptions of the workshops under the workshop tab below or Online workshop tab.

GENERAL PRICING
Lectures… $50.00 to $75.00
Classic Workshops… $150.00
Regular Workshops with feedback… $300.00

 

Second New Workshop Starting in August: CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT

Character Development Online Workshop

After you set up a great character in your opening, then what? How do you develop the character into a living, breathing, memorable character?

This workshop fits with the Depth Workshop and Character Voice Workshop. All three work together and you can take them in any order. Or even all at the same time.

Instead of focusing on only the openings, this workshop will focus on the development of a character through a story. All kinds of characters in every genre.

Characters make a story memorable. We all describe books by the memorable character. A Travis McGee novel. Or a Jack Reacher novel. Or an Alex Cross novel. Or a Dirk Pitt novel. Or a Smokey Dalton novel. Or a Poker Boy story. And on and on and on.

Memorable characters, well-developed characters, are why publishers put the character names on the covers of books. Readers want to read more by those characters.

Among the many areas worked on in this workshop:
— Character background without information dumps that bore.
— Know how to do characters that become the emotional heart of a story.
— Know how to make a character memorable.
— How to make a character become larger-than-life.
— How to make a character come off the page and actually live in reader’s minds.
— Character Pacing
— How to develop memorable, living characters while writing into the dark.
— And so much more, including many, many professional writer tricks of the trade.

There are only seven basic plots. What makes a story unique is the character development. That development is what this workshop is all about.

Important for all genres.

In the Depth Workshop, writers learned how to get readers down into stories with character depth.

In Advanced Depth, the focus is how to open chapters and scenes in different ways, as well as alternate openings.

In the Character Voice Workshop, the study concerned on how to make characters different.

The new Character Development Workshop now takes the character work into the first third and middle of the books, to make characters round and alive and memorable to the readers when they finish your story or book.

Along with the Depth Workshop, this is a don’t miss workshop.

(Limited to 12 writers per workshop as normal. Information on how to sign up under the online workshop tab above or at www.wmgpublishingworkshops.com )

Note: I will hold this strictly to the limit of 12 writers because of the difficulty on my side of reading and working with each writer on this topic.  So don’t wait to sign up to the last minute on this one.

 

New Online Workshop Starting In August: Making a Career With Your Fiction Writing

Making a Career with Your Fiction Writing

Fiction writers are plagued with so many rules that is seems at times almost impossible to make sense of them all, let alone know which way to go to build a career with fiction writing.

Long term professional fiction writers have weaved their way through the rules over years and years, adapting some, ignoring others, and getting sidetracked for years by others to get to making a career.

Making a Career is a six week workshop designed to save you years of wrong roads, wasted time, and wasted emotional energy. This workshop will give you the clear information to make your own choices about the rules you hear and the path it takes to get to a career.

This may very well be the most important workshop we have ever done.

In six weeks, this workshop will cover both craft  and business in fiction writing. Over fifty different rules and suggestions to help you make smart choices and build a career.

That’s right, over fifty. And there are many more. You may be just accepting as fact some of the rules and choices while hurting your work and your business.

The goal of this workshop is to save you years of heartache and headache and missed opportunities with your fiction writing.

The structure will be this for every rule talked about:

— What is the craft or business publishing rule?
— How and why did the rule originate.
— The value of the rule, when to use it, when to ignore it in building a career.
— How to get around the rule if you need to in building your own career.
— How to find more information about what to do in certain areas.
— And lots of suggestions to help you make decisions in your career building.

Among other things, the five assignments will be focused to help you understand how to see a rule you may be following, how to analyze a rule to see if it is something you feel is needed to help build a career, and how to fight the critical voice that forces us all to make bad rule choices in building our careers.

Writers of all levels need this workshop.

Kris and I are constantly working to create workshops that we wish we would have had at different points along the way. This workshop may fit that goal better than any we have done.

This workshop will save you years in wrong turns, and help you advance faster toward your writing and publishing goals. That we can promise.

(Limited to 12 writers per workshop as normal. Information on how to sign up under the online workshop tab above or at www.wmgpublishingworkshops.com )

 

New Lecture and New Classic Workshops

Brand new lecture now available.

Lecture #27… CONFIDENCE.

Yup, ten videos about the value of confidence in your writing, in production, and in your publishing choices. And ways to gain confidence and kill the things that are stopping your confidence.

You can find out information and how to sign up under the Lecture tab above. It might be an important lecture for a lot of writers.

CLASSIC WORKSHOPS

Five workshops that we have been offering every few months have now switched status to Classic Workshop.

Classic workshops are the exact same online workshops that were offered over six weeks. The assignments are still there and the last response video is still there the following week. But you do not turn in assignments. And you can go through them as fast and as many times as you would like.

Think of these now as extended lectures, with over 50 videos.

The cost is $150.00

If you took these workshops as a standard workshop and would like to go through it again, just e-mail me with the month and year you took it and I’ll fire you the password.

Offered as Classic Workshops are the following five:

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

So here is the details of these in straight points.

— Same as the original six week workshops, only you get all the passwords at the same time so you can go through it all as fast or as slow or as many times as you want. No limit.

— Cost is $150.00. If you already took the workshop as a Regular workshop, no charge to come back and go through these.

— Assignments are still in the workshops for you to do on your own, but you do not turn in any assignments.

— These will never again be offered as Regular workshops. And most of the Regular workshops will not be offered down the road as Classic because the assignments are too important to the workshop learning. This is the list.

Any questions at all, feel free to ask.

At WMG Publishing, we now have three levels of workshops. Regular Workshops, Classic Workshops, and Lectures. And we’re going to be adding more to regular workshops and lectures almost every month or so.

Writing in Public: Year 2, Month 11, Day 13

Year 2, Month 11, Day 13 of this Writing in Public challenge.

Spent the afternoon and the entire evening working on the Confidence Lecture and the start of the Classic Workshops. See post above.

WORKSHOPS

Worked on them all day and night.

THE DAY

Not much to it.

Up to the office, home for dinner, back to the office, home to watch some television with the new cat, then in here to keep working on the lecture and workshops.

I wanted to get it all done and going so I could go back to writing tomorrow.

THE WRITING

Nothing.

Patreon supporters, you should have gotten the newest issue of Smith’s Monthly today. It’s there on the Patreon site. Problems, let me know.

TOPIC OF THE NIGHT: The post above about Classic Workshops and the new lecture on Confidence.

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Writing of the novel Melody Ridge

Day 1… 1,000 words… Total so far on the book… 1,000 words
Day 2… 1,500 words… Total so far on the book… 2,500 words
Day 3… 1,100 words… Total so far on the book… 3,600 words
Day 4… 2,750 words… Total so far on the book… 6,350 words
Day 5…    950 words… Total so far on the book… 7,250 words
Day 6… 3,200 words… Total so far on the book… 10,450 words
Day 7… 3,100 words… Total so far on the book… 13,550 words
Day 8… 4,000 words… Total so far on the book… 17,550 words
Day 9… 5,100 words… Total so far on the book… 22,650 words
Day 10..5,200 words… Total so far on the book… 27,850 words
Day 11..3,700 words… Total so far on the book… 31,550 words
Day 12..1,100 words… Total so far on the book… 32,650 words
Day 13..3,900 words… Total so far on the book… 36,550 words
Day 14..4,100 words… Total so far on the book… 40,650 words
Day 15..1,100 words… Total so far on the book… 41,750 words

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Totals For Year 2, Month 11, Day 13

— Daily Fiction: 00 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 24,200 words  

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

— Blog Posts: 900 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 7,100 words

— E-mail: 17 e-mails. Approx. 400 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 213 e-mails. Approx. 10,200 words

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

For projects finished in the first year and links to the posts, click on the Writing in Public tab above.

For projects finished this month and where you can read them, click continue reading below.

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Writing in Public: Year 2, Month 11, Day 2

Year 2, Month 11, Day 2 of this Writing in Public challenge.

A decent day all around. Got a bunch of writing and hit my 10,000 steps.

WORKSHOPS

Last day to sign up for the June workshops. Two are now closed. The other eight are still open for a sign-up.

I spent a bunch of time tonight reading assignments for the May workshops. Some good stuff.

THE DAY

Basically we had a WMG meeting at 2 p.m. and then I worked on shipping some stuff for Patreon supporters. Those who gave me their snail mail address who are at a paper level will get four volumes of Smith’s Monthly in the same package.

Sorry it took so long but wanted to wait for #19 to arrive.

Then home to do assignments for the workshops, then Kris and I went out for a long walk, then back here to write.

THE WRITING

Melody Ridge moved onward again tonight in nice fashion in four sessions, just as it happened last night. First session was 1,100 words, then I went and watched some television.

Then another 1,200 word session, a short break to walk for a time, then another 1,500 word session, then more walking to get my number over ten thousand steps. (My day on my Fit bit is from 7 a.m. to 7 a.m.) Then back for one more session of 1,400 original words.

Novel is humming along. Considering how complex it is and that I have no idea where it’s going, that makes me happy. (grin)

So 5,200 words tonight.

TOPIC OF THE NIGHT: Another Last

Tomorrow is the last day to sign up for the June online workshops.

And tomorrow is the last day to get the fantastic story bundle with all the writing books in it.

So after tomorrow (Wednesday) a bunch of learning opportunities go away. Poof.

Don’t miss this bundle, folks. Some amazing books in it. Doug Smith’s Playing the Short Game is quickly becoming the bible on writing and selling short fiction all over the world. Worth the price of the bundle alone in my opinion.

Tomorrow (Wednesday) is the last day to get it.

www.storybundle.com/writing

All Covers Jutoh Large

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Writing of the novel Melody Ridge

Day 1… 1,000 words… Total so far on the book… 1,000 words
Day 2… 1,500 words… Total so far on the book… 2,500 words
Day 3… 1,100 words… Total so far on the book… 3,600 words
Day 4… 2,750 words… Total so far on the book… 6,350 words
Day 5…    950 words… Total so far on the book… 7,250 words
Day 6… 3,200 words… Total so far on the book… 10,450 words
Day 7… 3,100 words… Total so far on the book… 13,550 words
Day 8… 4,000 words… Total so far on the book… 17,550 words
Day 9… 5,100 words… Total so far on the book… 22,650 words
Day 10..5,200 words… Total so far on the book… 27,850 words

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Totals For Year 2, Month 11, Day 2

— Daily Fiction: 5,200 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 10,300 words  

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

— Blog Posts: 500 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 1,200 words

— E-mail: 22 e-mails. Approx. 1,500 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 49 e-mails. Approx. 3,100 words

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

For projects finished in the first year and links to the posts, click on the Writing in Public tab above.

For projects finished this month and where you can read them, click continue reading below.

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Online Workshop Schedule

These are the starting dates of upcoming online workshops. Limited to twelve writers. All have openings unless I say closed below. For sign-up and more information about each workshop, click the Online Workshop tab at the top of the page.

Class #11… Aug 3rd … Advanced Depth
Class #12… Aug 3rd … Character Voice/Setting
Class #13… Aug 3rd … Pacing Your Novel
Class #14… Aug 3rd … Ideas into Stories
Class #15… Aug 4th … Character Development
Class #16… Aug 4th … Depth in Writing
Class #17… Aug 4th … Making a Career
Class #18… Aug 5th … Designing Covers
Class #19… Aug 5th … Writing and Selling Short Stories
Class #20… Aug 5th … How to Write Science Fiction

Class #21… Sept 7th … Pitches and Blurbs
Class #22… Sept 7th … How to Write Thrillers
Class #23… Sept 7th … How to Write Science Fiction
Class #24… Sept 7th … Character Voice/Setting
Class #25… Sept 8th … Character Development
Class #26… Sept 8th … Depth in Writing
Class #27… Sept 8th … Making a Career
Class #28… Sept 9th … Cliffhangers
Class #29… Sept 9th … Pacing Your Novel
Class #30… Sept 9th … Advanced Depth
Sign-up and more information under Online Workshops tab at the top of the page.

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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