Year 2, Month 3, Day 14 of this Writing in Public challenge.
Day fifteen of writing the novel The Edwards Mansion: A Thunder Mountain Novel.
Still no clue where the book is going. But I’m now making great speed into the darkness.
Rolled out around 1 p.m., did some e-mail, then made it to the snail mail (which was open today after that stupid holiday yesterday) and then the bank (also open) and then to WMG Publishing offices.
Spent a little time there talking with another professional writer and some of the fine folks who work there, then headed off to yet another bank and then to Pop Culture Collectables for a short time.
Then back to WMG Publishing by 4:30 to have lunch and work on workshop stuff there. Home by 6:30 to have a nap with the white cat, then dinner, news, and dishes.
Then into this office to do workshop stuff. Then at 10:30 Kris and I headed up to WMG Publishing and I worked on collectables to get out to the store while she walked. Home by 11:30 to watch The Voice. Another great night of great advice for artists of all sorts.
Then around 2 a.m. I finished up the last details of the online workshops for the week, then went over to my writing computer. By 2:45 a.m. I had 1,300 new words. A very short break, then by 3:30 I had another 1,200 words.
A little longer break, then by 4:15 I had yet another 1,300 words. Powering right along.
One more break, very short, then by 4:50 I added in another 1,050 words.
4,850 words, all in fast sessions. Damn this is fun when things go so fast. Wow. Means I must be on the downhill slide of this book, but honestly I have no clue. Time will tell.
Topic of the Night: Never Quitting
This topic is so huge, no chance will I even begin to cover it in something like this. But tonight on The Voice there were a lot of great stuff, some of which I’m sure I’ll talk about in coming days.
But there was one really amazing moment with an 18 year old kid. It was a hell of a battle and Adam picked the other guy, even though the kid was clearly the frontrunner going into the battle. The other guy improved so much, and gave it so much heart, Adam really had no choice when thinking about who could handle the pressure and grow going forward.
But this poor 18 year old kid (who was scary talented and had done a fantastic job) was crushed. All of the judges talked with him, but then as Pharrell started to talk with him, it was clear the kid was having troubles, so Pharrell said, “I’ll walk you out.”
Remember, this was Adam’s singer, but Adam seemed as hurt by the choice as the kid and clearly had no idea what to say.
And no other judge stole him for their team because they knew Adam was right.
Pharrell took the kid into the back. The kid said, “I really wanted this.”
And then Pharrell said to the kid, “How many things you wanted in your life that you didn’t get and you survived.”
The kid nodded.
Then Pharrell said to the kid, “Keep going. If you stop now, than no is right.”
Wow, amazing advice for any artist. I have watched so, so, so many writers get discouraged either by the old traditional system or this new indie system and just quit.
And usually they quit in the early days, with the first discouragement. And for them, no is correct. Quitting is the correct choice because things don’t get easier.
As Kris said after we watched that event for a second time, “That’s why we are still around and writing.”
I agree. We get knocked down, our careers get crashed, projects die, but we have never really quit.
Now granted, I have taken some side trips, gotten lost in some “Oh, shinny” moments over the decades. And in writing alone I have lost decades at times to stupid myths and bad decisions. But I keep coming back to writing, never quitting.
Now, this is not something that can really be taught. It is part of paying the price, though, for your art.
You either have the ability to keep pushing forward, pushing away all the people around you who think what you are doing is foolish, or you don’t.
Brutal truth. And not a damn thing I can say or Pharrell can say to change the outcome.
You either have the ability when knocked down to stand back up, or you stay on the ground and whine and then move on. You either have the desire to continue chasing your dream even after bad events or decisions that might take decades from you, or you don’t.
The kid is either going to go home, recover, and then go back to work on learning the music career, or he’s going to end up letting that one “no” define his life. He does that and he will end up in some family business or dull job wondering what might have happened if Adam would have said yes.
But as Pharrell said, if the kid does that, then “no” was the right answer for him, because from this point forward, the music career only gets harder.
And if you are thinking that after a few sales, the writing career gets easier and you are owed lots of “yes” answers, you are delusional.
The higher you climb in any art, the more difficult, more challenging, and with the right attitude, more fun.
But no is always a part of it. Always.
One side note to be clear here… Thinking of quitting is perfectly normal and I know of no writer or artist who hasn’t thought of that many times. They key is actually quitting or not quitting.
Don’t let a “no” be the right answer for you.
Writing of the novel The Edwards Mansion: A Thunder Mountain Novel.
Day 1…. 1,800 words. Total words to date…. 1,800 words
Day 2…. 3,200 words. Total words to date…. 5,000 words
Day 3…. 1,850 words. Total words to date…. 6,850 words
Day 4…. 1,200 words. Total words to date…. 8,050 words
Day 5…. 1,100 words. Total words to date…. 9,150 words
Day 6…. 1,650 words. Total words to date…. 10,800 words
Day 7…. 2,150 words. Total words to date…. 12,950 words
Day 8…. 1,250 words. Total words to date…. 14,200 words
Day 9…. 1,100 words. Total words to date…. 15,300 words
Day 10… 4,200 words. Total words to date…. 19,500 words
Day 11… 3,250 words. Total words to date…. 22,750 words
Day 12… 3,200 words. Total words to date…. 25,950 words
Day 13… 1,450 words. Total words to date…. 27,400 words
Day 14… 4,600 words. Total words to date…. 32,000 words
Day 15… 4,850 words. Total words to date…. 36,850 words
Totals For Year 2, Month 3, Day 14
– Daily Fiction: 4,850 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 30,000 words
– Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 00 words
– Blog Posts: 1,100 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 11,550 words
– E-mail: 38 e-mails. Approx. 1,300 original words. E-mails month-to date: 377 e-mails. Approx. 10,900 words
– Covers Designed and Finished: 0. Covers finished month-to-date: 0 Covers
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