Fun Stuff Happening This Coming Week
Kris finished reading Star Fall: A Seeders Universe Novel and she liked it. She didn’t have many corrections at all, so took me about an hour tonight to run through it and put in her corrections that I agreed with, then got it off to WMG.
As I said earlier, the book will be in a bundle in the middle of September.
And speaking of bundles, I have a book in a really nifty bundle right now. It’s called “Out of This World Bundle” and it has 16 sf and fantasy novels in it, including one by me and one by Kris and a fantastic bunch of science fiction writers.
This is a good bundle, worth the money, folks. Just click on the image to go to the bundle.
I spent all day after the writer’s meeting working on something we will announce in a day or so. It’s going to be fun. Stay tuned. I’m excited.
I know, I know, the summer is almost over. And the September workshops start in one week. Stunning but true. And there is still room in all of them including the new Speed workshop.
If you haven’t taken a workshop from us before, start with Depth. Maybe the most important workshop we have done for your writing.
Topic of the Night: Perspective
Well, I wanted to write this last novel in seven days. Failed. It took me ten days. Guess I should never write again, huh?
That sound silly? Yet sadly, that kind of thinking is what stops so many great new writers. For some strange reason that has nothing to do with any reality, writers fear failure.
And find it almost impossible to keep even small failures in perspective.
And new writers define failure in really stupid ways. I failed at ten days because I wanted to write it in seven days. That’s obviously silly.
Failing because I wrote a novel in ten days is pretty clear to see that isn’t really failing. Because it seems beyond most writers to even write 40,000 words in ten days, that is easy to keep in perspective.
But take perspective and apply it to, for example, sales and writers just get silly stupid.
I have heard writers complain to me, “Oh, I only sold a hundred copies of that book last month.”
My desire is to slap them silly, but I, of course, just nod in sadness at their horrible fate. I wouldn’t dare remind them that a hundred different humans reached into their pocket somewhere in the world and paid good money for their writing. That would be insulting their perspective of failure.
Belief in failure is like a religion. Facts have nothing to do with anything.
Even one person, one sale per month is considered failure. Writers think of a book sale as some silly widget, while the reality, the perspective, is that every sale is a person convinced to pay their hard-earned money for your work. And that person hopes to enjoy your story.
So having a book only sell one copy in a month is failure when looked at a spread sheet of accounting widgets. But if you had been standing in a store when that very real person walked up with your book in their hand and dug into their wallet to pay for it, would that one sale have seemed a failure to you then?
Be honest. It wouldn’t. I know because I have had that happen to me and I just stood there and watched, dumbfounded and light-hearted. It was at that moment I finally got some perspective on what a “sale” really meant.
Perspective is a huge topic. It covers the problems of any writer going to traditional publishing and losing their work for no money to the silliness of indie writers focusing on chasing the hot topic and promotion instead of learning how to be a better storyteller.
And perspective really gets lost when it comes to how long it really takes to build a writing career. Every new writer is in a hurry. Never met one that wasn’t. That lack of perspective alone is the most deadly thing there is in writing.
And some of you will look at my book when it comes out to see how bad it is because you are still lost in the perspective that writing slow means writing better. And me spending about 40 hours to write a book in ten days means the book can’t be good, right? And you need to see how bad my book is to confirm your perspective.
Perspective as a topic in writing and publishing is huge, a subject for many articles. In fact, I have two books on this topic already called Killing the Sacred Cows of Publishing. You can read the original blog posts of chapters and comments for free by clicking on the link at the top of the page.
But I just wanted to mention perspective today, the day after writing a book in ten days.
Imagine how impressed everyone would be if I had set out to write the book in fifteen days and did it in ten days instead.
The real killer for writers in so so many ways.
September Online Workshops
They start in about one week!!!
Click the workshop tab above for description and sign-up or go to www.wmgpublishingworkshops.com.
Questions about any of the workshops, feel free to write me. There is room in all of them at the moment.
Class #21… Sept 6th … Author Voice
Class #22… Sept 6th … How to Write Thrillers
Class #23… Sept 6th … Speed
Class #24… Sept 6th … Writing Mysteries
Class #25… Sept 6th … Character Development
Class #26… Sept 7th … Depth in Writing
Class #27… Sept 7th … Advanced Character and Dialog
Class #28… Sept 7th … Cliffhangers
Class #29… Sept 7th … Pacing Your Novel
Class #30… Sept 7th …Expectations (Writing on the Rails)
Totals For Year 4, Month 1, Day 28
Writing in Public blog streak… Day 1,074
Over 10,000 steps streak… Day 59
— Daily Fiction: 500 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 67,400 words
— Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total:1,900 words
— Blog Posts: 800 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 11,400 words
— E-mail: 8 e-mails. Approx. 400 original words. E-mails month-to date: 404 e-mails. Approx. 29,300 words
— Covers Designed and Finished: 0. Covers finished month-to-date: 0 Covers
— Year of Short Fiction Goal: 120 stories (July 1st to June 30th). Stories finished to date: 8 stories.
— Yearly Novel Goal: 12 Novels. Novels finished to date: 2 novels.
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