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Writing in Public: Year 2, Month 11, Day 21

Sunday… Year 2, Month 11, Day 21 of this Writing in Public challenge.

Had a blast today because instead of going to the writer’s meeting, I went out and worked at the store for the afternoon. Got up early, but it was worth it.

WORKSHOPS

Finished work on some workshop stuff tonight, then did the assignment responses, which were great. I learned a ton tonight by thinking through and looking at book openings closely. Thanks everyone in the advanced depth workshop. 

THE DAY

At the store by noon and ran it until five. Fun talking collectables and comics and books with people and got a little done to help them out there as well.

THE WRITING

I worked on some nonfiction tonight, and let Kris read the post above this one and fixed it some. But nothing on the novel. I’m counting the entire length of the article tonight even though I worked on it for a number of nights. Never counted any of that.

TOPIC OF THE NIGHT: The post above this one called The Real Price of Traditional Publishing

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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
Day 16..1,850 words… Total so far on the book… 43,600 words
Day 17..2,450 words… Total so far on the book… 46,050 words

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Totals For Year 2, Month 11, Day 21

— Daily Fiction: 00 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 28,500 words  

— Nonfiction: 2,200 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 2,200 words

— Blog Posts: 400 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 11,400 words

— E-mail: 34 e-mails. Approx. 2,400 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 405 e-mails. Approx. 19,200 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.

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Writing in Public: Year 2, Month 11, Day 20

Saturday… Year 2, Month 11, Day 20 of this Writing in Public challenge.

Had a blast today for the second day mining for collecting gold while working on workshop stuff up at WMG.

WORKSHOPS

Finished getting the new week of Advanced Depth workshop ready for tomorrow.

THE DAY

Ran some errands, then did some workshop stuff at WMG offices, then headed out to our store around 5 p.m. I worked there putting up some new shelves until around 7 p.m.

Home for a short nap.

Back up to the WMG office and was loading the week of the Advanced Depth workshop and while things were loading and for a time after, I dug through boxes again in the downstairs back warehouse. A ton of work going back and forth from the warehouse to my office and then lifting big boxes, but had fun.

Great fun, actually.

Then home to watch some television and when I got done with that and watching the new cat try to deal with Galley and Ella, I was too exhausted to write. So heading to bed early.

THE WRITING

Nope.

TOPIC OF THE NIGHT: Nothing tonight but a new major post tomorrow night, with luck.

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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
Day 16..1,850 words… Total so far on the book… 43,600 words
Day 17..2,450 words… Total so far on the book… 46,050 words

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Totals For Year 2, Month 11, Day 20

— Daily Fiction: 00 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 28,500 words  

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

— Blog Posts: 400 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 11,000 words

— E-mail: 12 e-mails. Approx. 400 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 371 e-mails. Approx. 16,800 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.

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Writing in Public: Year 2, Month 11, Day 19

Friday… Year 2, Month 11, Day 19 of this Writing in Public challenge.

Had a blast today mining for collecting gold.

WORKSHOPS

Recorded a week of the Advanced Depth workshop. Answered a few questions.

THE DAY

Friday afternoon running errands. Then spent thirty minutes or so respond to some comments on another blog, then worked on workshop stuff.

Home about 7 p.m. for a short nap. The big new kitten, and he is a kitten, even though he is huge, is slowly learning he has the run of the house. His name is Sir Duke and he now naps on my lap before dinner, which is nice. 

Back up to the WMG office late and recorded the week of the workshop and while things were loading and for a time after, I dug through boxes.

About four years ago, my good friend Bill Trojan died and left me with a giant mess and a lot of strange collectables. Much of his estate went to others, but I got most of the bulk. Well, how I dealt with a lot of that collectable mess was to toss it in boxes and then spend the last four years paying for storage for the stuff in warehouses attached to the WMG Publishing offices and workshop areas. That’s right, warehouses. Two of them. Not small.

Well, tonight, I was opening boxes, some of which I had not seen since I dumped stuff in them four years ago, often in a mostly dark house. Fascinating stuff. I had to wash my hands every fifteen minutes from all the dirt and grime still on the stuff from Bill’s house, but found some interesting collectable art cards. 

So fun. Great fun, actually.

Then home to watch some television and then finally to writing late.

THE WRITING

Even with a late start, I managed one session of 1,100 words and a second session of 1,350 words. I’ll take it.

2,450 new words

TOPIC OF THE NIGHT: Nothing tonight

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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
Day 16..1,850 words… Total so far on the book… 43,600 words
Day 17..2,450 words… Total so far on the book… 46,050 words

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Totals For Year 2, Month 11, Day 19

— Daily Fiction: 2,450 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 28,500 words  

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

— Blog Posts: 500 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 10,600 words

— E-mail: 17 e-mails. Approx. 900 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 359 e-mails. Approx. 16,400 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.

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Writing in Public: Year 2, Month 11, Day 18

Thursday… Year 2, Month 11, Day 18 of this Writing in Public challenge.

Web site looks almost like the old one, except all the stuff at the top.

And it looks even more like an author site. Nifty, huh?

WORKSHOPS

Nothing today…

THE DAY

All afternoon at the WMG office working on this new site, then went for a walk with some professional writer friends and talked writing and business for an hour while we got steps in. 

Then back to keep working on the web site, moving the site back from the scattered mess it was yesterday to this one. Again, thanks for all the feedback and for Kris dealing with my phone calls saying “How does that look now?”

THE WRITING

Back at Melody Ridge tonight. Around 10:30 p.m. I got started and took a break around 1 a.m. to watch some television.  How much did I get done in new words in that time? 1,050 words.

That’s right, a monster cycle back to put the entire book I had done already back into my head. Almost 40,000 words. I don’t think anything’s going to be cut in this one.

And I needed to remember just how really complex this book is. Might be my longest book so far in Smith’s Monthly.

Around 2:30 we brought the big new cat, Sir Duke up into the main part of the house. Second time today. He can come into this part of the house when he wants, but he doesn’t do it often. Slowly getting him socialized in. It’s going to take some months, if not a year, but we’re good at this sort of thing with rescue cats.

Back writing around 3 a.m. and stopped again at 4:30 a.m. after another 800 words.

So not much for the time spent, but I’m back in the book. Still no idea how I’m going to end it but I can now see the scene on the cover coming, I hope. (grin)

1,850 new words

TOPIC OF THE NIGHT: Web site part two

Really glad I went back to my old look for the most part on this site. And this works great on mobile devices, for the most part. A ton better than the old one.

Simple is often just the best way.

So now I have to populate pages with a decent way to list all my novels by series, to list my short stories, to do the contents of every issue of Smith’s Monthly, and so on.

And also starting, finally, the free fiction of the week. That will start late Sunday night, so everyone will have a week to read a short story for free. Starting off with a classic Poker Boy story, even though we don’t have the covers rebranded yet. That doesn’t start until July.

Story cover and link will be at the top of the sidebar on the right every Monday morning.

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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
Day 16..1,850 words… Total so far on the book… 43,600 words

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Totals For Year 2, Month 11, Day 18

— Daily Fiction: 1,850 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 26,050 words  

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

— Blog Posts: 700 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 10,100 words

— E-mail: 13 e-mails. Approx. 400 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 342 e-mails. Approx. 15,500 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.

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Web Site Update

Great fun. Thanks everyone for the suggestions.  If you will notice, my site now looks just like my old one except for all the top stuff. I had to try all the fancy bells and formats and stuff before going back to what worked.

And it is a ton cleaner. Wow.

Still working on content of the pages, such as a list of all my novels, and so on. I do have the list of the Nonfiction Books page done. It will come together.

Also I got the main menu bar stopped from flowing all over the place and I got the silly shaking of the names on the main menu bar fixed. Very weird options that were buried in check boxes. But I found them.

And I went back to one widget because with two, on cell phones the widget came up before the posts. Oh, oh. (grin)

And one column for the posts, which just works better. Not as confusing.

I can’t seem to make that main menu any thinner, but still working on that. Me and Google are having fun there. (grin)

So maybe back to writing tonight. Wouldn’t that be fun? (grin)

Thanks again, everyone. At least now this place is starting to look like a writer’s site.

Cheers, Dean

Writing in Public: Year 2, Month 11, Day 17

Wednesday… Year 2, Month 11, Day 17 of this Writing in Public challenge.

Well, here it is. Still a lot of things to finish, and many of the links go to WMG Publishing web pages. But given time, I’ll get the bugs worked out and all the links staying on site.

At least this looks like an author site.

WORKSHOPS

Nothing today…

THE DAY

All afternoon at the WMG office working on this new site, then off to dinner with friends at 6 p.m., then back to work on this until around eleven, then home to keep working on this site and watch a little television with Sir Duke, the new and still shy cat.

THE WRITING

Nothing. A couple more days and I will hit it hard and finish that novel. But the change to this web site had to happen first. 

TOPIC OF THE NIGHT: Web site

Lots of misc. stuff. 

First off, I am putting the day of the week at the top to help sort these Writing in Public posts out.

The old web site had not had a post or a comment deleted in well over five years. And broken links didn’t begin to explain a ton of it. 

So to get this to move to this new theme without crashing everything, I deleted about 600 posts and about 16,000 comments. Yow. That took me days. But now we start with a clean slate, for the most part.

Kept the Sacred Cows posts, even though many are dated, and kept all the New World of Publishing posts, even though many are dated.

And I only kept the last month of the Writing in Public posts, but left the month-end summaries where I could. 

And I got this turned to focus on my writing more. I will still be doing the writing blogs as normal. They will be easier to see now with the new set up on the first page. You don’t have to scroll so far down.

For those wondering, this is a theme called Evolve and I have been practicing on it for a while now on the Smith’s Monthly web site (which is also still under construction, but getting better.) It is just a free Word Press theme and is mobile friendly. 

So tomorrow I will keep working on this, getting all my novels on the page above and getting them listed in reading order and series order. And will have a Smith’s Monthly contents page showing everything in each volume. 

And maybe I’ll even get back to writing tomorrow.

Onward. Glad most of this is done. 

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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: 600 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 9,400 words

— E-mail: 20 e-mails. Approx. 600 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 329 e-mails. Approx. 15,100 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.

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Writing in Public: Year 2, Month 11, Day 16

Year 2, Month 11, Day 16 of this Writing in Public challenge.

It’s going to be a couple more days before I hit the book again. Web site change, here we come. (grin)

WORKSHOPS

Worked on them some tonight with doing assignments.

Also, wanted to be clear that the Classic workshops used to be regular workshops. In fact, they are almost exact, with the assignments still there and my response to a past class on the assignment.

But in the Classic workshop, you can go as fast or as slow as you like and you only do the assignments for yourself. You do not send them to me. That’s why they cost $150 for the fifty plus videos.  If you want personal feedback from me, we are still offering ten regular workshops per month. Those regular workshops take six weeks and you get letters from me after I read your assignments. And the regular workshops cost $300.

Lectures cost either $50 or $75 depending on the length.

I think it’s kind of cool we have the three levels now. And again, if you took one of the classic workshops as a regular workshop in the past, send me the month you took it and I’ll send you the passwords for the new classic so you can come and go as you like.

THE DAY

Well, I ran around doing different stuff that had nothing to do with writing until almost 7 p.m. Then a nap, then back to WMG office to work on web site stuff. Then home around 10 to do workshop assignments. Then television, then back here to work on web site stuff again.

THE WRITING

Nothing. A couple more days and I will hit it hard and finish that novel. But the change to this web site has to happen first. Going to be an interesting mess doing the change, that’s for sure. (grin) Might want to watch tomorrow night just to get a few laughs.

TOPIC OF THE NIGHT: 

Today, in response to a couple of private e-mails, I found myself giving the same basic answer. And the questions were very different, but both led to the same answer.

Here is my answer:

“When in doubt, write the next story.”

After I found myself typing that the second time, I realized that one sentence really had been a major way I dealt with self-doubts and worrying about rewriting and fixing stuff I wasn’t sure needed to be fixed.

In many places in lectures and workshop, I flat tell people to face forward.

Just think about it. If you were running a marathon and were constantly stopping and turning around and backtracking, you would never finish the race. Ever.

A writing career is like that marathon. If you are constantly stopping your forward learning and writing process and going back and fixing old work or rewriting all the time, (yes, rewriting is turning around as well) you will never make much forward progress.

I get a lot of questions about how I write so much. (And takes weeks at a time off as I am doing now.) My response lately has been that I never look back. I never fix or rewrite. I do the best job I can do when writing a story or novel, then when a story or novel is done, it is done. Period.

I march forward and move to the next story or novel. So while others get a few books done because of all the rewriting and trying to make a book perfect, I get a dozen simply because I am stepping forward all the time. I write clean and the best I can the first time through.

So I will repeat my general answer to various questions about what to do with old work, meaning finished work.

When in doubt, write the next story.

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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: 800 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 8,800 words

— E-mail: 27 e-mails. Approx. 1,100 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 309 e-mails. Approx. 14,500 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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Or you can just toss a tip into the tip jar with a single donation at PayPal. Either way, your support keeps me going at these crazy posts.

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Writing in Public: Year 2, Month 11, Day 15

Year 2, Month 11, Day 15 of this Writing in Public challenge.

Spent the afternoon and the entire evening working on workshops and web sites.

WORKSHOPS

Worked on them some tonight with doing assignments.

THE DAY

Mostly worked on some workshop stuff, then switched over to working on web site stuff. As I have warned, in a number of days, this web site will look very different. But to make that switch, got to get a bunch of stuff done first. Takes time, but needs to be done.

THE WRITING

Nothing. But I will get back to it shortly.

TOPIC OF THE NIGHT: 

I’ve got the last chapter in the Stages of a Fiction Writer I will put up, plus I have been working on a brand new blog called “The Real Cost of Traditional Publishing.”

Might be interesting.

And, of course, I saw in the news today that KU changed its rules again. I have been preaching here for years now that going exclusive for anything is a very bad idea in the long run. Seems those writers banking on the old system might be in for a surprise.

Eggs x One Basket = Problems.

Very old formula, but in publishing, I learned early on that was a formula for disaster. Kris and I both always worked with three or four different publishers at a time.

I hope these new Amazon KU rule changes don’t hurt too many writers. I just sort of shake my head and go back to preaching that you should have your stuff available to the entire world in all forms, not in just one bookstore. But what do I know?

Was that snotty? Yup. Sorry.

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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: 500 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 8,000 words

— E-mail: 32 e-mails. Approx. 1,400 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 282 e-mails. Approx. 13,400 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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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 14

Year 2, Month 11, Day 14 of this Writing in Public challenge.

Spent the afternoon and the entire evening working on workshops. See post above.

WORKSHOPS

Worked on them all day and night. Same as yesterday, but I think I got it now. Finally.

THE DAY

Great writer’s lunch from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., then back to WMG offices to work on workshop stuff.

Back to the office after dinner again, 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. Finally. Got a novel to finish and a short story due to an anthology

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: I thought I would say it again here.

For those who missed this on Friday, I was interviewed for an hour on a great podcast. I was asked all sorts of things about my past, how I got here, about writing, about writing into the dark and so on.

So if you want to hear me talk about writing as a topic of the night, go to SciFi Pulse Radio…

http://scifipulse.net/?p=8930

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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: 400 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 7,500 words

— E-mail: 37 e-mails. Approx. 1,800 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 250 e-mails. Approx. 12,000 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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Free Short Story of the Week

Starting the last Sunday in July and every Sunday night after that (very late), I will post a free short story.

Find the link each week here.

Stay tuned every Monday morning starting the last day of June.

Smith’s Monthly Subscriptions

Smith's Monthly, an original fiction magazine featuring every month a full novel, short fiction, serial adventures, and nonfiction now available for subscriptions.

And twenty of them now exist... Amazing, huh? And hard to hold. Here I am holding the first five...

$6.99 electronic and $12.99 trade paper editions are available at your local bookseller. All paper subscription copies are signed. For more information, just click on the cover.

TWO NEWEST ISSUES

ISSUES IN ORDER

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 #1… July 6th … Pitches and Blurbs
Class #2… July 6th … How to Write Thrillers
Class #3… July 6th … How to Write Science Fiction
Class #4… July 6th … Character Voice/Setting
Class #5… July 7th … Writing and Selling Short Stories
Class #6… July 7th … Depth in Writing
Class #7… July 7th … (To be Announced)
Class #8… July 8th … Cliffhangers
Class #9… July 8th … Pacing Your Novel
Class #10… July 8th … Advanced Depth

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 … Pitches and Blurbs
Class #16… Aug 4th … Depth in Writing
Class #17… Aug 4th …(To Be Announced)
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 … Writing and Selling Short Stories
Class #26… Sept 8th … Depth in Writing
Class #27… Sept 8th … (To Be Announced)
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

My Publisher

WMG Publishing Inc. is now my major publisher of all my coming novels, collections, and short stories.

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