Friday… Year 2, Month 12, Day 24 of this Writing in Public challenge.
Day 24 of the STORIES FROM JULY challenge.
The challenge is to write a short story every day for the month of July and put them all in one massive book, along with these blogs about the writing of the stories.
Got out of the house by 3 p.m. and got the snail mail, then did some stuff at WMG Publishing before going walking with a couple other professional writers.
Then to the grocery store and then to my office at WMG Publishing. I forgot to do the cover for the story last night, so I will need to do two next time I am in the office.
What I did instead was record a new lecture called Short Story into Novels. A couple people have asked me to do that and others have asked questions both here and privately about how to turn a short story into a novel.
So figured I would just do a lecture about it. The lecture will be available in a few days and I mostly talked about when to turn a short story into a novel, a few details about how, but not many since every story is unique, but I did lay out some basics.
So I think it will be worthwhile. 9 videos. (I might add in another tomorrow before I start loading it all if I think of something Kris and I left out when we put it together.)
But you guys think I do this short story to novel a great deal, Kris is the master. Anyone ever read the award-winning novellas in her Diving Universe that were in Asimov’s originally and now WMG Publishing has published them. They won Reader’s Choice Awards. They were a large part of the full novel Diving into the Wreck, but trust me, you want to read them as novellas.
And I talk in the lecture about why we do this exploring of a world in short stories before going into novels. There are reasons. Honest.
Anyhow, got home around 7 p.m. and took a nap, then dinner and news. Even though Kris cooked, she offered to do the dishes to give me a jump in here on a bunch of stuff that needed to be done.
I managed to get a bunch done by 11 p.m., but was so tired, I couldn’t get started writing.
Oh, oh. No panic, just sort of annoyed. I wanted to start earlier tonight.
So off to watch some television, then back in here around 12:30 to try to go at a new story.
Nope. Nothing even pretending to start by 1 a.m.
Out to my reading chair to take a nap. Kris woke me about a half hour later and I grogged around a little and finally got going by 2 a.m.
Half-title sheets again were what got me going. I found the half-title “The Remodeling” from a 1960s sf magazine, then spotted from an old Ellery Queen Magazine the half-title “of a life.”
Smashed them together and started typing and realized almost instantly it was going to be one of the new series characters that have popped up in this challenge.
So the title is “The Remodeling of a Life: A Mary Jo Assassin Story.” Her first story ever was “Just Make Myself One More” about nine or ten stories ago.
So I did 800 words by 3 a.m.
Took a short break for more iced tea and peanut butter, then back to do another 1,100 words by 4 a.m.
Another short break, back to finish the last 500 words by 4:30 a.m.
Update on yesterday’s story: Kris asked where the novel was. Kind of had a hunch that was going to be her reaction. Thanks, Kris! I’ll write it fairly soon.
TOPIC OF THE NIGHT: Careers
I wanted to remind everyone we are doing two new online workshops starting in August. One is Character Development Workshop (sort of taught like the Depth Workshop) and the other is Careers Workshop. Both have spots open.
I have gotten a number of questions about the Careers Workshop being different from Making a Living workshop.
They are going to be light-years apart.
Interesting that the automatic assumption is that if you are making a living, you have a career in fiction writing.
So let me be clear here. Many, many great writers have wonderful fiction careers and never once make a living or care to make a living with their writing.
And writers can make a living for a short time and never end up with a career. Kris and I have seen that over the decades happen a great deal and it is really happening now a lot to the gold rush writers who can’t figure out how to sell in the new markets.
Some fantastic writers who are friends and have been to workshops here have given up on their careers and writing because they couldn’t beat quickly the making a living part.
An interesting example is Harper Lee. She never had a career outside of her nonfiction writing early on, but she made a living with her fiction writing because of one book.
The Career Workshop is to try to help people not get trapped by the many, many traps that will cause your writing to be very short-term. Our goal is to help you know how to build a career from the information that is available today.
As I said in yesterday’s topic, the writers with the careers in twenty years will not be functioning like the writers with careers twenty years ago.
The Making a Living Workshop is about sales and speed and a ton of other stuff, as is the Production Workshop. The Careers Workshop is meant to fit as a companion to the Making a Living Workshop.
If your goal is to make money for a few years and then move on, the Careers Workshop will not be the one for you.
But if your goal is to be a long-term writer and make a career with your fiction, then you might want to consider it.
Yes, all these blogs and writing articles and all these covers and all the stories will be in the big book Stories from July put together when this is all done. It will be for sale in all forms except audio and will be given free to the Patreon supporters. (Audio will take much more time if the fine folks at WMG Publishing think it is worth it.)
STORIES FROM JULY
(Story #0… June 30th… The Library of Atlantis…. 4,000 words.)
Story #1… July 1… The Case of the Dead Lady Blues… 3,700 words
Story #2… July 2… A Bad Patch of Humanity… 4,050 words
Story #3… July 3… They Were Divided by Cold Debt…3,450 words
Story #4… July 4… The Problem of Grapevine Springs…4,550 words
Story #5… July 5… Best Eaten on a Slow Tuesday…3,000 words
Story #6… July 6… A Matter for a Future Year…3,000 words
Story #7… July 7… Roses Around the Moment…4,550 words
Story #8… July 8… For the Delusion that Waited…1,250 words
Story #9… July 8… Here to Stay on the Edge…2,950 words
Story #10… July 9… The Great Alien Vibration…2,400 words
Story #11… July 10… A Great First Day …4,350 words
Story #12… July 11… The Face in the Fullness of Time …1,900 words
Story #13… July 12… Why Delay? Just Rub …2,400 words
Story #14… July 13… The Stone Slept Here …1,650 words
Story #15… July 14… An Obscene Crime Against Passion …3,150 words
Story #16… July 15… Make Myself Just One More …3,350 words
Story #17… July 16… Gods Have History …3,600 words
Story #18… July 17… Idanha Hotel …3,950 words
Story #19… July 18… Something Wasted On …1,850 words
Story #20… July 19… Nobody Slept Here …3,200 words
Story #21… July 20… Leaking Away a Life …5,400 words
Story #22… July 21… Coffee Shop Comedy …2,600 words
Story #23… July 22… The Cavern …4,400 words
Story #24… July 23… A Bad Day for the Dream …2,800 words
Story #25… July 24… The Remodeling of a Life …2,400 words
Totals For Year 2, Month 12, Day 24
— Daily Fiction: 2,400 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 81,600 words
— Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 2,400 words
— Blog Posts: 1,200 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 22,900 words
— E-mail: 12 e-mails. Approx. 500 original words. E-mails month-to date: 428 e-mails. Approx. 17,800 words
— Covers Designed and Finished: 0. Covers finished month-to-date: 23 Covers
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