Going Onward… The Writing Continues
Way back on the last day of June, I started off by writing a short story I called a warm-up story. It was a Poker Boy story actually, for a nifty idea called “The Uncollected Anthology.”
So, if you want to read that very first story, 33 stories ago, it is now available along with five other stories by other authors on the same theme.
On the Uncollected Anthology page, the idea is explained and you can buy five other stories besides mine about magical libraries. Authors include professional writers Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Dayle A. Dermatis, Michele Lang, Annie Reed, and Leslie Claire Walker.
The other 32 stories I wrote in July will be available September 15th. But for right now, go buy that first story from June and also grab the other five Uncollected Anthology stories while you are at it. Trust me, you will not be disappointed.
Yesterday actually was the end of the July short story challenge to do a story per day. And it was also the end of two straight years of Writing in Public blogs.
730 days without missing.
Now that’s a streak.
And it’s a streak I’m going to continue.
So going onward, I will be doing a blog on different things about the day, topics of the night, and my writing. However, the titles of each day’s blog will change. That “Writing in Public” title got really old after 730 days. (grin)
I will also talk some about my days, sometimes in details, sometimes in general terms. That way you can stay in on the ups and downs of a professional writer’s life.
This coming week I will also put up the final chapter of Stages of a Fiction Writer. Then I am going to start through a brand new nonfiction writing book which should be great fun to follow. Heinlein’s Business Rules of Writing.
THE PROCESS OF DECIDING WHAT TO DO STARTING TODAY
Actually, what I thought I would do going forward changed a bunch of times over the last three days. Yesterday I thought I would just continue writing a story a day until that streak ended. But I knew it would end because I also have a novel due by the 15th of this month.
So when I woke up this morning, I decided I would just focus on getting the novel turned in on time and get the Stages of a Fiction Writer turned in, and get the Stories from July turned in. And get the blurbs for the July stories done as well and write about them here.
Figured that would be enough. So back to novel writing and doing a novel in 14 days because I didn’t work on it today. (grin)
FUN STUFF TODAY
I got the new edition of Smith’s Monthly in the mail. I will get all those off to paper subscribers and to the Patreon subscribers who get paper and the electronic copies to Patreon subscribers as well tonight or tomorrow night.
If you are a regular subscriber and haven’t already gotten Smith’s Monthly #21, let me know.
Also, I went out to the auction tonight. Nothing much, but it was fun to talk with everyone.
Also, at some point over the next few days I will total up all my words I wrote in year two of this blog. Guessing that the total will be around 1.4 million words not counting comments on this blog and the workshop blogs. About 800,000 words of that will be fiction, I think.
I’ll get exact numbers in a day or so.
All letters to everyone signed up for the August online workshops have gone out. If you are signed up and didn’t get a letter from me, write me.
All ten workshops still have room. The workshops start on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.
September workshops are listed under online workshops.
As far as the coast workshops, I still haven’t had time to start the Master Class group list yet. And three spots still open in that workshop as well if interested.
TOPIC OF THE NIGHT: The Power of a Streak
Wow, over the last few days I discovered the fantastic power of a streak. Not only did I have a streak of writing a short story every day for 32 days, but I had this blogging streak that was beyond 730 days without a miss.
The short story streak really pushed me to just keep going and writing new stories every day. But then I looked at the stack of 32 stories, many that I couldn’t even remember, and decided that doing something with those first might be a plan.
As I have said, I always tend to fall down on Heinlein’s Rule #4. I love to write, but the getting the stuff out to readers is sometimes an issue and if I had continued the story per night, that was where I was headed. (grin)
But keeping track of my writing every month has been very, very helpful to me. So that streak of doing these blogs and topics of the nights will continue. This is day 731.
So if you find yourself setting up a streak, it will be amazing the power that the streak has to get you through tough times.
Some writers use 500 new words a day as a streak base. I have seen writers not miss a day for years and years on that streak, without exception. (Yes that includes holidays.)
When I got serious about writing, I set up a challenge to do a short story per week and had numbers of streaks during that time.
So use streaks when you can. Very, very powerful.
Now onward. Next night or so I will start the blurb topic as well. I need to write 32 blurbs for short stories.
And yes, I wrote the blurb for “The Library of Atlantis: A Poker Boy Story.”
Totals For Year 3, Month 1, Day 1
(As with every month, all totals reset.)
— Daily Fiction: 00 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 00 words
— Nonfiction: 400 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 400 words
— Blog Posts: 800 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 800 words
— E-mail: 47 e-mails. Approx. 700 original words. E-mails month-to date: 47 e-mails. Approx. 700 words
— Covers Designed and Finished: 0. Covers finished month-to-date: 0 Covers
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