First off, got the fifth Strengths workshop now available. It is the Strengths Business Two workshop. The last of the six workshops will be done and available by Monday.
Everyone who has signed up for all of the workshops should have gotten the code from me tonight. If you did not, write me.
Remember, if you want to take all six (over as long a period as you want) you can sign up for all of them and get one free, plus one online workshop for free as well. So for $1,500, you get all six strengths workshops to go through at your own speed and one online workshop of your choice to take at any time you want.
Remember, at some point we will cut off sign-ups for the Strength workshops. They will always be there for those who have taken it, just won’t take new sign-ups.
Write me if interested. These Strength workshops are turning out better than we had hoped. And if you want to only try one, just click on one of the images to the right to go to Teachable. You can buy them one-at-a-time there.
And yes, you can take as a free workshop the new online workshop How to Edit Your Own Work.
I got a really great comment today about that workshop, which we are going forward with without doubt now.
Normally when someone writes something like this to me, I try to just not say anything. Too many myths involved to fight with a single answer.
But since Kris and I are going to go straight into the face of a bunch of really hard myths and beliefs with this new workshop to try to help people, I figured this comment would be a good one to sort of give a hint at some of the issues that we will deal with in the workshop.
Here is the comment.
I think a lot of us don’t really understand the difference between re-writing and editing and just making a mess of things. I understand the need to always write in creative voice. I even understand that I write better when I don’t ‘polish’ so much (because Dean told me so in the Depth workshop). And while I would love to be able to write clean draft the first time that is a skill level I have yet to reach. I am about to embark on re-drafting a very messy first draft of a novel.
So let me try to take this one point at a time.
— There is a massive difference, the width of a grand canyon, between editing and rewriting. In the workshop, we will show how those are so far apart and doing one can hurt you while editing in the right manner can help your work.
Kris and I DO NOT TEACH rewriting. As I said, this will not be a rewriting workshop.
— The comment was correct that to create, you need to be in creative voice. Critical rewriting voice is not a creative tool, even though many make it painfully into one.
— The commenter used the term polish. “Polish” is a term that has come about in the last decade. It means in writing to “rub off all the originality and make it like everything else.”
Sameness never sells, so when I hear a writer talking about polishing, I shudder. And as an editor, I can see a polished manuscript from across a room. And that ain’t a good thing. Boring sameness, polished, never sells.
— Next, the commenter wished they could write clean draft, but felt that was a skill level out of reach. HUGE MYTH. Any writer, beginner, ten novelist, or long-term expert can write clean first drafts. It is not a skill. It is simply something you can learn. No skill to it and we will show you how to do it in the workshop.
If you have learned how to walk through a house without tracking mud every time, you can learn how to write clean copy.
But this myth of having to write sloppy, mistake-filled first drafts to be creative is a horrid myth that kills more writing than anything I have seen. Because after you write sloppy, you must go back in critical voice and ruin your work.
— Then the commenter sent shudders down my back when mentioning “re-drafting a very messy first draft.” Let me simply say “Yikes!!”
First off, I want to ask the question of which bestselling novelist with thirty or forty or more books told you it needed to be fixed? None I will bet. In fact, chances are the commenter’s fear and worry are the only guide. Or some first reader with no experience. Just guessing. But my shuddering leaves me to think that.
Think how much better the book would be in the end if it was just copyedited to clean up typos, and put out to sell and the author moved on and wrote another book, clean first draft.
This need to re-draft without any expert guidance (not some book doctor either) is fear talking. Nothing more. And a really nasty killer problem of needing something to be “perfect.” Kris did an entire book on this topic called The Pursuit of Perfection. It is a deadly problem.
So does this commenter need this How to Editor Your Own work workshop? Oh, heavens, yes. Just to clear out the myths and to gain confidence. Not counting how much more new work this commenter will get done without having to always turn around and go back and clean up what should have been done the first time.
And those few things about this one comment are just a tiny slice of the six weeks. As I said when we announced this, maybe the most intensive information workshop we have done so far.
Here at the Covers and Stories for the April challenge.
STORIES FROM APRIL
Story #1… April 1… Not Easy to Kill the Light Next Door… 1,700 words
Story #2… April 2… A Reason to Play a Hunch… 3,200 words
Story #3… April 3… A Deal at the End of Time… 3,000 words
Story #4… April 4… A Nice Place for Murder… 3,400 words
Story #5… April 5… The Five Roads Tavern and Eatery …3,200 words
Story #6… April 6… The Last Short Putt of a Fearful Man …2,200 words
Story #7… April 7… The Wait …1,200 words
Story #8… April 8… Through the For Sale Sign …2,500 words
Story #9… April 9… Blind Date …4,100 words
Story #10… April 10… Keep Hoping for a New Tomorrow …1,700 words
Story #11… April 11… That Old Tingling …3,200 words
Story #12… April 12… The Last Man …2,500 words
Story #13… April 13… Smile …2,700 words
(Plus six novel starts so far…)
May ONLINE Workshops
All May online workshops are available and have openings.
ALSO, the workshop schedule through August is now posted. You can sign up ahead for any workshop you want through August.
So for information on how to sign up, go to…
Any questions at all, feel free to write me. And if you are confused as to which workshop to take first, we have a full curriculum posted on its own page.
Class #41… May 2nd … Author Voice
Class #42… May 2nd … Business
Class #43… May 2nd … Endings
Class #44… May 2nd … Writing Fiction Sales Copy
Class #45… May 2nd … Writing and Selling Short Stories
Class #46… May 3rd … Depth in Writing
Class #47… May 3rd … Advanced Character and Dialog
Class #48… May 3rd … Cliffhangers
Class #49… May 3rd … How To Edit Your Own Work (new)
Class #50… May 3rd … Plotting with Depth
Tracking Running… April 13th, 2017
4 miles. No running.
Weight 194. (Goal 170)
Month to date distance: 47 miles
Tracking Word Counts… April 13th, 2017
Totals For Year 4, Month 9, Day 13 (Year started August)
Writing in Public blog streak… Day 1,302
— Daily Fiction: 2,700 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 30,700 words
— Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 1,000 words
— Blog Posts: 1,100 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 9,400 words
— E-mail: 24 e-mails. Approx. 1,200 original words. E-mails month-to date: 367 e-mails. Approx. 23,500 words
— Short Fiction Goal: 120 stories (July 1st to June 30th). Stories to date: 21 stories.
— Novel Goal: 12 Novels. Novels finished to date: 5 novels.