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Reading and Great Discussions

 

READING AND GREAT DISCUSSION

Super discussion at the writer lunch today. Thanks everyone. I will be doing the notes from that discussion as topics shortly.

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THE DAY

Made it to WMG Publishing a little after 1 p.m. after some errands. Writer lunch there at 2 p.m. after showing people around the new store as it is coming together.

Great discussion on a topic of how to better prepare for long-term writing and income. Fun stuff and it will be numbers of topics over the next month or so.

Then Kris and I went out to dinner, then to the grocery store, then home to do e-mail, watch a little television, then I did workshop assignments.

Then some television.

Then instead of writing, I settled in to do a lot of reading. See topic below.

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MARCH WORKSHOP LIST

All of the March online workshops below have openings.

Also note that in April the AUTHOR VOICE workshop will be starting and I am taking sign-ups for that as well. It’s going to be a great workshop. If you want to learn how to understand and recognize your own author voice, how to alter your voice depending on stories, or even write invisible voice, and a ton more, that workshop will be for you.

INTERESTING. Both new workshops, the one starting in March called Advanced Character and Dialog and the one starting in April called Author Voice still have openings in them. I know we are not going into the time of great forgetting just yet. I sort of thought both of those would fill fairly quickly to the 12 writers, but not even close.

Remember, each regular online workshop is six weeks long and takes about 3-4 hours per week to do at your own pace and your own time during the week.

All workshops have openings.

Class #21… Mar 7th … Pitches and Blurbs
Class #22… Mar 7th … How to Write Thrillers
Class #23… Mar 7th … Adding Suspense to Your Writing
Class #24… Mar 7th … Plotting With Depth
Class #25… Mar 8th … Character Development
Class #26… Mar 8th … Depth in Writing
Class #27… Mar 8th … Advanced Character and Dialog
Class #28… Mar 9th … Cliffhangers
Class #29… Mar 9th … Pacing Your Novel
Class #30… Mar 9th … Advanced Depth

Classic Workshops and Lectures are also available at any time.

Full descriptions of the workshops and how to sign up under the Online Workshop tab above.

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TOPIC OF THE NIGHT: Reading

A number of people have noticed over the last 884 days of doing this daily blog that I don’t talk much about reading, although I constantly harp on writers that they have to read.

Well, to me, reading is just something I do all the time and never talk about. Kris calls me a “stealth reader” and I suppose I am. Often when she comes into a room and I am reading, I just close the book. That comes from way back in my life when it was looked on by my parents that I was wasting time by reading. I had other more “important” things I should be doing.

Any wonder my mother always thought my writing career was foolish and a waste of my potential?

Yeah, I am envious of those of you who didn’t have that upbringing, who had parents who encouraged reading. I hid in my basement room to read as a kid. So that stealth habit of reading has carried forward.

And I can still stand for ten minutes in a supermarket or bookstore and scan/read an entire book. Not speed reading, just scan read to absorb the story. (After you know story structure as well as I do, you can do that as well.)

So it is rare for me to just grab my blanket, get in my reading chair with a pile of manuscripts like I used to do in the Pulphouse days, and read. I had the window beside me open so the wonderful sounds of the ocean came in with a light breeze. Perfect.

Also tonight I got to read a new novelette Kris just finished, which was wonderful. (I am sure it would have been even better if she hadn’t interrupted me four times while I was reading it. (grin))

And in the stories I read tonight for the upcoming anthology workshop, there were a lot of great ones that sucked me down into the stories and held me to the end.

So an enjoyable evening of massive reading.

I keep thinking I should mention in these blogs books I have read or stories I liked that I read, or even when I read, but it is my pathology to not do that, so that’s that. Too damn old to change that now.

But I find it head-shaking when I learn that people who want to be writers can’t find the time to read.

Or are reading only other beginning writers instead of reading the stage four writers, the bestsellers, the masters.

And I find it even more amazing that writers who want to be entertainers aren’t entertained by books by other writers. (Critical voice on high, you think?)

I am constantly telling writers to have fun. Having fun is entertaining to others, even if the book is serious. And you sure can’t learn how to be an entertainer as a fiction writer if you don’t read other writer’s works for entertainment.

Yesterday, I was looking at some massive shelves of books in our new store (thousands of paperback mystery and science fiction) from the period of 1970 to new. And I was surprised at the fact that as I went down the lines of shelves, I had read so many of the titles, knew some of them like old friends coming back to say hi.

Ahh the fun of starting a bookstore.  I can’t imagine being a writer, being able to teach at all, if I hadn’t read so much, and continued to read so much.

And if you are reading this and feeling guilty that you don’t read enough, let me say, “Good.” Fix that problem in your writing.

You can’t really believe you can learn how to write without reading all the time? So you are too busy to read, then just ignore writing as well. Sorry to be so harsh, but one without the other is just not possible, no matter how much your ego thinks it might be.

Sorry. Reading is critical in this business.

Critical.

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The Writing of Dead Hand: A Cold Poker Gang Mystery

(List shortened down because I have a hunch this is going to take some more days to finish. And I do not count days I didn’t write on it. I started this book the last of November. Horridly slow for me.)
Day 20.. 1,100 words.  Total words so far… 35,200 words.
Day 21.. 1,050 words.  Total words so far… 36,250 words.
Day 22.. 2,050 words.  Total words so far… 38,300 words.
Day 23.. 1,850 words.  Total words so far… 40,150 words.
Day 24.. 3,950 words.  Total words so far… 44,100 words.
Day 25.. 2,000 words.  Total words so far… 46,100 words.
Day 26.. 1,050 words.  Total words so far… 47,150 words.
Day 27.. 1,150 words.  Total words so far… 48,300 words.
Day 28.. 3,300 words.  Total words so far… 51,600 words.
Day 29.. 2,300 words.  Total words so far… 53,900 words.
Day 30.. 1,100 words.  Total words so far… 55,000 words.
Day 31.. 2,100 words.  Total words so far… 57,100 words.
Day 32.. 2,100 words.  Total words so far… 58,300 words.
Day 33.. 2,500 words.  Total words so far… 60,800 words.

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Totals For Year 3, Month 7, Day 21

Writing in Public blog streak… Day 884

— Daily Fiction: 00 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 18,800 words  

— Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 1,500 words 

— Blog Posts: 1,000 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 18,200 words

— E-mail: 21 e-mails.  Approx. 1,200 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 374 e-mails. Approx. 18,000 words

— Covers Designed and Finished: 1. Covers finished month-to-date: 1 Covers

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Class #7… July 12th … Advanced Character and Dialog
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Class #9… July 13th … Pacing Your Novel
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