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Fun Day

 

FUN DAY

Got a bunch of stuff done and moving forward. Always a fun day when that happens.

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THE DAY

Did errands, then made it to WMG Publishing in time to head out walking with a couple of other writers. Great discussions. Thanks, guys.

Home to nap, then dinner and dishes and laundry. I also read about twenty stories for the upcoming workshop. And I also managed to do about 2,000 words on the novel. Just puttering along on that one, since I have been distracted this week on all the new store stuff. Tomorrow is another busy construction day as well.

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March Online Workshops Starting Up

All of the March Online Workshops have openings. Click the workshop tab above for description and sign-up or go to www.wmgpublishingworkshops.com.

Each regular workshop is six weeks long and takes about 3-4 hours per week to do at your own pace and your own time.

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Topic of the Night: Kris’s Blog and A New Online Workshop Announced

On this week’s Business Musings blog, Kris did a great post about what she called “Serious Writer Voice” which is what I call dull and same. Read her post and the comments if you haven’t. Might start to wake you up on some stuff.

Business Musings: Serious Writer Voice

Well, after reading the comments on Kris’s blog and the people asking how to fix the problem Kris talks about (and it is very real, folks, very real), I went to her and we decided to bring out a workshop we had been thinking about doing for some time.

Author Voice Workshop. Details in the post above this.

Now, an author’s own voice is difficult to see for all of us, impossible unless you know exactly how to look for it. And I have always said that, even though I ghosted novels for other writers.

So how did I ghost novels for other writers so that their fans didn’t know someone else wrote it. How did I hide my own author voice and copy another author’s voice? Well, there are ways.

And by learning some of these ways, you can learn how to let your own author voice free and kill the problem that Kris was talking about in her blog. And by killing that problem, you will sell more to both editors and readers.

So Author Voice Online Workshop is now officially announced in the post above. This will be a stunner of a workshop for most people.

And it is for all levels. Even if you don’t yet have the skills in your craft to control your author voice, you need to understand and be aware it is there. So this workshop is for all levels, beginners to advanced craft people.

This is a workshop where every week of the six weeks you will be saying, “I didn’t know that was possible.” Awareness is a powerful tool in writing. And knowing techniques is powerful at any level.

So great job, those of you who commented on Kris’s blog today. You got us going on this important workshop once again. I hope it will help some of you move forward.

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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 am fairly certain this book will not end up as long as the words I have put into it. Normal for writing a puzzle mystery into the dark.)

Day 17.. 1,100 words.  Total words so far… 30,250 words.
Day 18.. 2,150 words.  Total words so far… 32,400 words.
Day 19.. 1,700 words.  Total words so far… 34,100 words.
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.

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Totals For Year 3, Month 7, Day 4

Writing in Public blog streak… Day 867

— Daily Fiction: 2,000 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 2,000 words  

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

— Blog Posts: 1,300 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 3,900 words

— E-mail: 11 e-mails.  Approx. 400 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 84 e-mails. Approx. 3,300 words

— Covers Designed and Finished: 0. Covers finished month-to-date: 0 Covers

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March Online Workshops Now Available

March Online Workshops Available

All of the March Online Workshops marked below have openings. Click the workshop tab above for description and sign-up or go to www.wmgpublishingworkshops.com.

Each regular workshop is six weeks long and takes about 3-4 hours per week to do at your own pace and your own time.

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.

A Day of Workshops

 

A DAY OF WORKSHOPS

Except for the writer’s lunch and writing the topic of the night, all I did today was workshop stuff. I expected it, so no big deal. Actually a lot of fun at times.

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THE DAY

Made it to the WMG publishing offices just before 2 p.m. for the writer’s lunch. A low key one since most of us had just spent a Friday night together talking publishing. But some fun discussions got going.

Then I worked on workshop stuff at the office, then to the grocery store, then home to cook dinner, then to workshop stuff on the computer. December workshops are ending and January workshops are starting up, plus the Anthology Coast workshop people were turning in stories.

Got all the stories to the editors and the new anthology announced for the week.

I took a break to finish up my 10,000 steps before midnight, then around 2 a.m. I went to work doing the announcement for the new coast workshops.

Yes, we have announced the following coast workshops:

— Historical/Time Travel/Alternate History workshop in September, 2016.

— Master Class. An intense business of publishing workshop. October 2016. (and yes, different from last year’s workshop of the same title.)

— Anthology Workshop.  Seven professional editors buying your stories. Late February 2017.

— Science Fiction Workshop. Taught by Hugo Award winning writer and editor Kristine Kathryn Rusch. April 2017.

Like last year, these will fill fast. And the Anchor hotel will fill very quickly as well for both the Anthology and Master Class.

Information under the Coast Workshops tab above. Write me if you have questions. These are invite only workshops so write me if you are interested.

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Topic of the Night: Starting Late

Topic above this post.

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THE YEAR OF SHORT FICTION: January
Story #1… A Long Way Down… 2,100 words
Story #2… The Case of the Man Who Saw… 3,200 words

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Totals For Year 3, Month 6, Day 10

Writing in Public blog streak… Day 842

— Daily Fiction: 00 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 9,300 words  

— Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 1,200 words 

— Blog Posts: 1,000 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 7,300 words

— E-mail: 36 e-mails (that were more than forms).  Approx. 2,800 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 217 e-mails. Approx. 10,500 words

— Covers Designed and Finished: 0. Covers finished month-to-date: 3 Covers

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You can support this ongoing blog at Patreon on a monthly basis. Not per post. Just click on the Patreon image. Extra stuff for different levels of support and I will be adding in more as time goes on. Thanks for your support.

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.

And thanks.
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Time

Time

In the master class last month, we talked a lot about time and this new world of publishing. Thought I might bring it up here as well.

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THE DAY

Made it out to the snail mail, then the store, then back to WMG offices by 4 p.m.  Worked there on Smith’s Monthly, which will be my refrain for the next few weeks.

Then around 6 p.m. I headed out for a walk. Tomorrow is the day I will start hitting ten thousand steps, but wanted to work up to it a little. At the moment I have about 8,500 which will be about it for the day.

I met Kris for dinner at 7 p.m. and then around 8 we went out to where we are going to hold the anthology workshop in late February and talked about it. Going to work great.

Breakfast for everyone will be at the Anchor every morning, workshops in a really nice space at a local golf course clubhouse, late night talking back up at WMG Publishing. Going to be a blast.

Then home to watch some television, then I took a long nap, then got in here around 2 p.m. to do mail and get to writing.

Again I knew this was going to be short days and with luck, today is the last short day for writing. Maybe one more. It will depend. But in two short sessions got 2,100 words done.

Another win.

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Interior Book Design Online Workshop

A number of people have asked that we bring back Interior Book Design online class. It seems it is needed again. It is taught be me and Allyson Longueira.

I started to check it out this afternoon and I think it might be able to be brought back without a problem. For a short time I thought about making it a classic workshop, but realized that the feedback on the assignments is a major part of the workshop, helping everyone fine-tune the professional look of the interiors of their books.

So I’ll look at it closer and if I think it still works, I’ll announce it.

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December Online Workshops Are Open for Sign-up

Note, because of the luck-of-the-draw and Christmas and New Years being late in the week this year, none of these workshops conflict with a holiday. January through March workshop list is also available to sign up for.

Class #51… Dec 7th … Advanced Depth
Class #52… Dec 7th … Character Voice/Setting
Class #53… Dec 7th … Adding Suspense to Your Writing
Class #54… Dec 7th … Ideas into Stories
Class #55… Dec 8th … Character Development
Class #56… Dec 8th … Depth in Writing
Class #57… Dec 8th … (to be announced)
Class #58… Dec 9th … Designing Covers
Class #59… Dec 9th … Writing and Selling Short Stories
Class #60… Dec 9th … How to Write Science Fiction

Sign up at www.wmgpublishingworkshops.com

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TOPIC OF THE NIGHT: Time

Back in the days of traditional publishing, the time factor that Kris and I fought was the cash flow out ahead. Any freelancer does that. We would look at the money scheduled to come in, then the time it was scheduled for, then scheduled bills, and see if the two matched in any reality.

We made them match for about twenty-five years or more in traditional publishing.

Book deadlines for traditional publishers would also be a time issue, but always short-term and always easily fixed by just finishing the stupid book.

But in indie publishing, time-to-write is critical. But so is the time needed to do all the other stuff we all want and need to do with our publishing businesses.

Scott William Carter made up a wonderful way of expressing this as a test.

WIBBOW?  Would I Be Better Off Writing?

That simple test often will help you find the right choice if you understand that your next book is your best promotion. If you don’t understand that simple fact, the test will often give you the wrong answer.

But you still have to do the publishing of your next book, the covers, the layout, the loading to sites. All takes time.

Trying to balance writing time and publishing time and marketing time and so on and so on is a killer for any indie writer/publisher.

It not only is a killer, it is the main point of conversation when professional writers get together these days.

What is worth my time?

Or… What kind of help can I get on that?

Or… more often…. I’ll get to that at some point.

So all of us make priorities with our time and our energy. I have been giving my writing a moderately set amount of time every day. Some days more, other days, such as today or all of October, not so much.

I do this blog every day to help writers understand time and how writing can happen with limited time.

But the topics of “time” and “time use” and “time management” need to be major areas of focus for all indie writers/publishers.

Time is everything. 

And sadly, what I see are two critical and deadly areas that writers shuttle aside because they feel they don’t have the time.

Learning and Health.

There are hundreds of learning places around the world now that can help writers. Our online classes take three or four hours a week to do, yet that is often too much time for indie writers.

For me, I think learning time is just about the most important thing I can do to help my business and my craft of writing.

And health… Writers spend vast amounts of time at computers. Health gets forgotten, weight gets gained, and then ugly things happen eventually.

I am 65 years old and twenty-five pounds over my ideal weight. So I am spending time every day starting tomorrow, no small amount of time either, to get that under control.

Something about 65 and seeing a lot of my friends now gone or too sick to leave their homes can do that for a person.

So time is the issue for me. And for all of us.

Time is the great excuse maker. “I just don’t have enough time.”

Wow, have I said that a lot.

Time now is a major topic among professional writers. But we all need to add in as important and valid the time to learn and the time to stay healthy. That is seldom talked about. Sadly.

When does the WIBBOW test not apply? My opinion, when it comes to health and learning.

When it comes to health and learning, no, you would not be better off writing.

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The Writing of GRAPEVINE SPRINGS: A Thunder Mountain Novel

Day 1…. 2,450 words.  Total words so far… 2,450 words.
Day 2….5,300 words.  Total words so far… 7,750 words.
Day 3….7,100 words.  Total words so far… 14,850 words.
Day 4….2,250 words.  Total words so far… 17,100 words.
Day 5….6,300 words.  Total words so far… 23,400 words.
Day 6….2,450 words.  Total words so far… 25,850 words.
Day 7….2,700 words.  Total words so far… 28,550 words.
Day 8….2,100 words.  Total words so far… 30,650 words.

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Totals For Year 3, Month 4, Day 10

Writing in Public blog streak… Day 821

— Daily Fiction: 2,100 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 35,550 words  

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

— Blog Posts: 1,000 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 7,000 words

— E-mail: 13 e-mails. Approx. 600 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 235 e-mails. Approx. 14,400 words

— Covers Designed and Finished: 0. Covers finished month-to-date: 1 Covers

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You can support this ongoing blog at Patreon on a monthly basis. Not per post. Just click on the Patreon image. Extra stuff for different levels of support and I will be adding in more as time goes on. Thanks for your support.

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.

And thanks.
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If you would like to leave a tip just hit Paypal.me/deanwesleysmith (Goes to WMG Publishing account, but I’ll get it just fine.)

Workshops Starting

LAST CALL FOR NOVEMBER WORKSHOPS

They all have openings. They are starting today, tomorrow, and Wednesday.

Class #41… Nov 2nd … Pitches and Blurbs
Class #42… Nov 2nd … How to Write Thrillers
Class #43… Nov 2nd … Adding Suspense to Your Writing
Class #44… Nov 2nd … (Cancelled)
Class #45… Nov 3rd … Character Development
Class #46… Nov 3rd … Depth in Writing
Class #47… Nov 3rd … Making a Career
Class #48… Nov 4th … Cliffhangers
Class #49… Nov 4th … Pacing Your Novel
Class #50… Nov 4th … Advanced Depth

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THE DAY

Made it to the writer lunch by 2 p.m.  Last week in that location, since the restaurant is moving. For the next month or so, we will be having the writer lunch up at WMG offices, which are also moving over the next month or so.

Crazy and fun time, I’ll explain more over the next few months as things happen.

Worked at the WMG offices until around 6, then home to cook dinner, and then do the workshop assignments.

Then a nap, a little television, then writing.

Not a lot of writing because I got reading, but what I was reading helped me with this book in an odd way.

So I managed 1,800 words, didn’t find the end, but know it is in sight.

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PATREON SUPPORTERS

Still working to get you all that last nonfiction book.

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TOPIC OF THE NIGHT: No Book Writes the Same

After a few dozen novels in the last couple years, I have learned this lesson clearly, and those of you who have followed along have watched this from book-to-book.

Sometimes books just flow, other times they go slowly. Sometimes I write almost the same amount of words that the book ends up being, and sometimes, as in Star Rain, I write far more words than needed to tell the story.

And the writing is slower in some, faster in others.

All of these books over the last few years, in all the different ways I have written them, were written into the dark. I love entertaining myself, and I love finding out what my subconscious gives me.

I am along for the ride and I just go along, not forcing anything. More than likely that Zen attitude (while still complaining at times) comes from writing so many novels. But there you have it anyway.

I feel bad, actually, for writers who are just starting up, write one novel, and think that process is the only way they will ever write novels. That’s bad if the novel was one of those books that came slow and hard and bad if the novel was one of those books that came quickly and easily.

Either way sets up problems for future books.

So I know this won’t help you because this is impossible to remember, but just try to keep in mind that every book writes differently. Every book explores a character and a story and a setting.

Sometimes that exploration goes easily, sometimes not.

But if you have fun in the exploration, you win.

And your readers will win.

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I Recommend a Book…

I realized how readers win tonight reading a Lawrence Block novel called The Girl with the Deep Blue Eyes. Now this is classic Block, but if you are bothered by some pretty clear sex scenes, might want to give this one a pass.

But if you want to read a master taking a mystery trope and turning it on its ear, and being clear about it, right to the last line, this will keep you reading and unable to put the book down.

There were places in this book where, if I was the writer, I would have had the character doing exactly what Block had his character do. And I would have been complaining to Kris that I wrote myself into a corner as my character tried to figure out a way out of the corner.

This book is beyond my skill level at the moment, but I am far enough along to appreciate the fantastic skill it took to make this work.

And it is a book you can’t put down. Worth the read if you are not bothered by graphic sex. And worth studying how it was done after you have read it once.

A real master storyteller at work.

Hard Case Crime book.

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The Writing of STAR RAIN: A SEEDERS UNIVERSE NOVEL

Day 1…. 2,550 words.  Total words so far… 2,550 words.
Day 2…. 2,350 words.  Total words so far… 4,900 words.
Day 3…. 2,500 words.  Total words so far… 7,400 words.
Day 4…. 1,200 words.  Total words so far… 8,600 words.
Day 5…. 1,500 words.  Total words so far… 10,100 words.
Day 6…. 2,000 words.  Total words so far… 12,100 words.
Day 7…. 1,700 words.  Total words so far… 13,800 words.
Day 8…. 3,350 words.  Total words so far… 17,150 words.
Day 9…. 5,300 words.  Total words so far… 22,450 words.
Day 10…. 1,400 words.  Total words so far… 23,850 words.
Day 11…. 4,200 words.  Total words so far… 28,050 words.
Day 12…. 2,200 words.  Total words so far… 30,250 words.
Day 13…. 1,400 words.  Total words so far… 31,650 words.
Day 14…. 1,550 words.  Total words so far… 33,200 words.
Day 15…. 1,200 words.  Total words so far… 34,400 words.
Day 16…. 3,100 words.  Total words so far… 37,500 words.
Day 17…. 1,100 words.  Total words so far… 38,600 words.
Day 18…. 1,050 words.  Total words so far… 39,650 words.
Day 19…. 1,050 words.  Total words so far… 40,700 words.
Day 20…. 900 words.  Total words so far… 41,600 words.
Day 21…. 2,250 words.  Total words so far… 43,850 words.
Day 22…. 2,700 words.  Total words so far… 46,550 words.
Day 23…. 2,100 words.  Total words so far… 48,650 words.
Day 24…. 2,250 words.  Total words so far… 50,900 words.
Day 25…. 3,000 words.  Total words so far… 53,900 words.
Day 26…. 1,800 words.  Total words so far… 55,700 words.

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Totals For Year 3, Month 4, Day 1 (all totals start over)

Writing in Public blog streak… Day 812

— Daily Fiction: 1,800 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 1,800 words  

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

— Blog Posts: 800 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 800 words

— E-mail: 26 e-mails. Approx. 1,400 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 26 e-mails. Approx. 1,400 words

— Covers Designed and Finished: 0. Covers finished month-to-date: 0 Covers

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You can support this ongoing blog at Patreon on a monthly basis. Not per post. Just click on the Patreon image. Extra stuff for different levels of support and I will be adding in more as time goes on. Thanks for your support.

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.

And thanks.
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If you would like to leave a tip just hit Paypal.me/deanwesleysmith (Goes to WMG Publishing account, but I’ll get it just fine.)

 

Advanced Dialog: New Workshop in November

Advanced Dialog Online Workshop

Most writers feel moderately comfortable with dialog. And when a writer gets to that comfort level, they stop paying attention and think there is no more to be learned about dialog.

But dialog at the next level works as a very, very powerful tool for a writer to use to help in characterization, help a book pace correctly, help hold readers into your novels.

Advanced Dialog Online Workshop will give you those powerful tools.

In this advanced dialog workshop, you will learn the following and so much more…

— Dialog structures for content. (Most writers don’t even realize that dialog has different structures depending on content.)

— How to use dialog to pace your scenes.

— How to use dialog to develop a character.

— How to use dialog to help in getting a reader into a story through character. (Yes that is another aspect of depth not even covered in the Advanced Depth workshop.)

— Use dialog to help your characters come alive. If you would not feel comfortable in typing out a scene with Kirk, Spock, and McCoy in the same conversation and make them sound different in dialog, you need this one area of the workshop.

— So much more in six weeks. This workshop, as with many workshops, will be not only a teaching workshop, but an awareness workshop. Once you know all these tools around dialog are there, you can start learning how to use them in your own work. But you have to see the techniques first.

This workshop says “Advanced” because all writers, at a basic level, have the tools for basic dialog already. But if that is all you have, much of your stories are just flat I’m afraid.  So this workshop is right for all levels of writers.

To be honest, if you really think you are fine with dialog, you need this workshop. You have stopped learning and seeing and your writing is suffering for it.

 

Online Workshops

Online Workshops

Topic tonight is online workshops.  First off, the October online workshops will be starting on Monday and I will be sending out the letters tomorrow. Lots of room and time to sign up in any of the ten workshops.

Second, the post above is a brand new workshop Kris and I both want to have available.  The workshop is available in November and December. Strictly limited to 12 by the nature of the workshop.

To sign up for any of the three months of workshops listed, go to:

www.wmgpublishingworkshops.com

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THE DAY

Interesting Friday because not my normal levels of running around.

So off to the snail mail around 3 p.m. and then to the grocery store and then to WMG Publishing to work on Smith’s Monthly and also online workshops.

Home by 6:30 p.m., took a nap, then cooked dinner, then watched some television.

I went back to work around 9 p.m. after doing e-mail on fixing the ending of Star Mist. I want to turn that book in with Smith’s Monthly #25 on Monday.

So as I put in Kris’s corrections and made some changes, I realized that yes, I had written beyond the ending as I thought. Exactly 2,700 words past.

So got the right ending and with about 900 new words, I made the ending work great now. Thanks, Kris, for the help and spot on this one.

Then I started the process of putting the issue together.

Then after more television, I went back to work on Star Rain.

I managed two sessions of 1,100 words and 1,400 words by 4 a.m.

Then went to work adding in the new Advanced Dialog workshop to the schedules for November and December.

So got a lot done. 900 words on the last novel and 2,500 words on Star Rain.

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CAT UPDATE 

Most of you might not know that we have five cats now in this huge house. Galley and Ella, what we call “the main two” and Sir Duke who lives in his lier which is two large rooms, one of which is a large television room. He comes out of his lier when he wants. He’s the huge cat.

Then we have the two new indoor feral cats upstairs in a huge room with the door open and they can come out as much as they want, which has been seldom.

About an hour ago, around 4 a.m., I went wondering out of my office, turned a corner, and there in the hallway were two white cats.

They, of course, scrambled back up to their room, but great to start to see them out. Then I went down into the kitchen and there was Sir Duke, also out and roaming around. No sign at all of the two main cats.

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TOPIC OF THE NIGHT: Workshops

Unlike the last two nights, not much of a topic tonight. Other than to say that with the addition of these four workshops since July, I have become very, very proud of the list of workshops we have available for writers who want to learn craft and business.

The four new workshops since July are Character Development, Career, Adding Suspense, and now, starting in November, Advanced Dialog.

Post above is about the new Advanced Dialog workshop. Actually, both Kris and I thought of this one at about the same time. Me, because I see so much work through the workshops and her because of the two craft workshops she had taught this year.

We both noticed that most writers just don’t use dialog to help their story much. In fact, most writers can’t even see how dialog can be used to help a reader stay in a story or move plot along or add depth in openings and so on.

Honestly, I didn’t see it either until early this century.

So a great list of workshops. I hope you will pass the word around on them and maybe take one yourself. We don’t advertise or push these workshops. They are just all word-of-mouth.

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The Writing of STAR RAIN: A SEEDERS UNIVERSE NOVEL

Day 1…. 2,550 words.  Total words so far… 2,550 words.
Day 2…. 2,350 words.  Total words so far… 4,900 words.
Day 3…. 2,500 words.  Total words so far… 7,400 words.

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Totals For Year 3, Month 3, Day 2

Writing in Public blog streak… Day 782

— Daily Fiction: 3,400 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 6,550 words  

— Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 000 words 

— Blog Posts: 700 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 2,000 words

— E-mail: 11 e-mails. Approx. 300 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 23 e-mails. Approx. 800 words

— Covers Designed and Finished: 0. Covers finished month-to-date: 0 Covers

 

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You can support this ongoing blog at Patreon on a monthly basis. Not per post. Just click on the Patreon image. Extra stuff for different levels of support and I will be adding in more as time goes on. Thanks for your support.

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.

And thanks.
Oo4th_patreon_name


If you would like to leave a tip just hit Paypal.me/deanwesleysmith (Goes to WMG Publishing account, but I’ll get it just fine.)

 

New Workshop

NEW WORKSHOP STARTING IN OCTOBER

I’ll talk more about that new workshop below, but I want to make one more last-ditch pitch for a bundle I’m proud to be in. The bundle of novels that I am lucky to have a novel in comes to an end in ONE day. www.storybundle.com/disasters. Some great science fiction in this bundle, folks. Last Call!!

Disaster covers

THE DAY

Another day of just sort of moving through the day. I got out of here around 2:30, got the snail mail, hit the grocery store for dinner and some lunch for later, back to the office, then off to the banks.

Finally returned to WMG offices around 4:30 and worked on formatting Smith’s Monthly until 6:30. Home, cooked dinner, watched news.

Then I was in here doing workshop assignments.

Then I did all the listings for the new workshop. More below on that.

Then Kris and I headed around 11 p.m. up to the WMG offices and she got her steps in and I worked on setting up the big room for the coming Mystery Workshop.

Then home to watch some television.

And then finally around 2 a.m. I staggered in after a short nap to start some writing. This mystery is going very, very slowly, but that has a ton to do with only giving it a few hours a day. But I think the end is in site. I sure hope so.

In two sessions I managed 2,250 words. For a ten day book, this thing is sure taking its sweet time. (grin)

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TOPIC OF THE NIGHT: 

Adding Suspense to Your Writing

An online workshop that may be one of the best and most important we do, but chances are we won’t get enough signing up to even get this off the ground. The topic is so hidden to all beginning writers and not very exciting sounding.

Most writers think of suspense as a sub-genre in mystery. You know, that Hitchcock stuff.

Nope. Suspense is used in all genres to keep readers reading. You can be great at cliffhangers and openings and have great depth, but in most cases, if you don’t have suspense, readers will leave.

And readers won’t even know it is suspense that is holding them in the story. Or lack of suspense that makes them leave.

Stories with suspense in any genre are called “Fast reads, gripping, couldn’t put down.”

Good old Oxford American Dictionary defines suspense as… “A state or feeling of anxious uncertainty while awaiting news or an event, etc…”

So how do you do that in fiction of all types, from romance to science fiction, fantasy to mystery or thriller?

Do you know four or five ways to create suspense in a story without even thinking about it???  Do you know a bunch of the writer tricks to hold suspense???

Do you even know when to put in suspense and when not to use it?

Do you know how to handle suspense over an entire book (meta) and suspense that only functions for a few lines or a scene (micro)??

If not, and those questions only scratch the basic surface, then you might want to consider this workshop at some point if we get it started.

This is a craft workshop, and a plotting workshop. Suspense is where great plotting hits great craft.

It will be very difficult and interesting for us to put together and teach. So I am excited. Limited to 12 writers in a month. October has no one signed up as I write this, but there are three or four already in November because I talked about this earlier.

But again, if this doesn’t get any real interest, then we won’t bother with all the work it will take us to try to teach this critical tool for all writers. I will let you know if it does get interest.

The Writing of Bad Beat: A Cold Poker Gang Novel

Day 1…. 1,050 words.  Total words so far… 1,050 words.
Day 2…. 1,100 words.  Total words so far… 2,150 words.
Day 3…. 2,500 words.  Total words so far… 4,650 words.
Day 4…. 2,650 words.  Total words so far… 7,300 words.
Day 5…. 1,400 words.  Total words so far… 8,700 words.
Day 6…. 3,400 words.  Total words so far… 12,100 words.
Day 7…. 3,500 words.  Total words so far… 15,600 words.
Day 8…. 4,500 words.  Total words so far… 20,100 words.
Day 9…. 3,800 words.  Total words so far… 23,900 words.
Day 10… 5,850 words.  Total words so far… 29,750 words.
Day 11… 2,000 words.  Total words so far… 31,750 words.
Day 12… 4,350 words.  Total words so far… 36,100 words.
Day 13… 2,500 words.  Total words so far… 38,600 words.
Day 14… 2,700 words.  Total words so far… 41,300 words.
Day 15… 2,250 words.  Total words so far… 43,550 words.

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Totals For Year 3, Month 2, Day 15

Writing in Public blog streak… Day 776

— Daily Fiction: 2,250 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 43,550 words  

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

— Blog Posts: 800 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 9,950 words

— E-mail: 26 e-mails. Approx. 1,400 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 331 e-mails. Approx. 15,900 words

— Covers Designed and Finished: 0. Covers finished month-to-date: 9 Covers

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Second New Workshop Starting in August: CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT

Character Development Online Workshop

After you set up a great character in your opening, then what? How do you develop the character into a living, breathing, memorable character?

This workshop fits with the Depth Workshop and Character Voice Workshop. All three work together and you can take them in any order. Or even all at the same time.

Instead of focusing on only the openings, this workshop will focus on the development of a character through a story. All kinds of characters in every genre.

Characters make a story memorable. We all describe books by the memorable character. A Travis McGee novel. Or a Jack Reacher novel. Or an Alex Cross novel. Or a Dirk Pitt novel. Or a Smokey Dalton novel. Or a Poker Boy story. And on and on and on.

Memorable characters, well-developed characters, are why publishers put the character names on the covers of books. Readers want to read more by those characters.

Among the many areas worked on in this workshop:
— Character background without information dumps that bore.
— Know how to do characters that become the emotional heart of a story.
— Know how to make a character memorable.
— How to make a character become larger-than-life.
— How to make a character come off the page and actually live in reader’s minds.
— Character Pacing
— How to develop memorable, living characters while writing into the dark.
— And so much more, including many, many professional writer tricks of the trade.

There are only seven basic plots. What makes a story unique is the character development. That development is what this workshop is all about.

Important for all genres.

In the Depth Workshop, writers learned how to get readers down into stories with character depth.

In Advanced Depth, the focus is how to open chapters and scenes in different ways, as well as alternate openings.

In the Character Voice Workshop, the study concerned on how to make characters different.

The new Character Development Workshop now takes the character work into the first third and middle of the books, to make characters round and alive and memorable to the readers when they finish your story or book.

Along with the Depth Workshop, this is a don’t miss workshop.

(Limited to 12 writers per workshop as normal. Information on how to sign up under the online workshop tab above or at www.wmgpublishingworkshops.com )

Note: I will hold this strictly to the limit of 12 writers because of the difficulty on my side of reading and working with each writer on this topic.  So don’t wait to sign up to the last minute on this one.

 

New Online Workshop Starting In August: Making a Career With Your Fiction Writing

Making a Career with Your Fiction Writing

Fiction writers are plagued with so many rules that is seems at times almost impossible to make sense of them all, let alone know which way to go to build a career with fiction writing.

Long term professional fiction writers have weaved their way through the rules over years and years, adapting some, ignoring others, and getting sidetracked for years by others to get to making a career.

Making a Career is a six week workshop designed to save you years of wrong roads, wasted time, and wasted emotional energy. This workshop will give you the clear information to make your own choices about the rules you hear and the path it takes to get to a career.

This may very well be the most important workshop we have ever done.

In six weeks, this workshop will cover both craft  and business in fiction writing. Over fifty different rules and suggestions to help you make smart choices and build a career.

That’s right, over fifty. And there are many more. You may be just accepting as fact some of the rules and choices while hurting your work and your business.

The goal of this workshop is to save you years of heartache and headache and missed opportunities with your fiction writing.

The structure will be this for every rule talked about:

— What is the craft or business publishing rule?
— How and why did the rule originate.
— The value of the rule, when to use it, when to ignore it in building a career.
— How to get around the rule if you need to in building your own career.
— How to find more information about what to do in certain areas.
— And lots of suggestions to help you make decisions in your career building.

Among other things, the five assignments will be focused to help you understand how to see a rule you may be following, how to analyze a rule to see if it is something you feel is needed to help build a career, and how to fight the critical voice that forces us all to make bad rule choices in building our careers.

Writers of all levels need this workshop.

Kris and I are constantly working to create workshops that we wish we would have had at different points along the way. This workshop may fit that goal better than any we have done.

This workshop will save you years in wrong turns, and help you advance faster toward your writing and publishing goals. That we can promise.

(Limited to 12 writers per workshop as normal. Information on how to sign up under the online workshop tab above or at www.wmgpublishingworkshops.com )

 

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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 #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

Class #31… April 4th … Author Voice
Class #32… April 4th … Character Voice/Setting
Class #33… April 4th … Adding Suspense to Your Writing
Class #34… April 4th … Ideas into Stories
Class #35… April 5th … Character Development
Class #36… April 5th … Depth in Writing
Class #37… April 5th … Plotting With Depth
Class #38… April 6th … Designing Covers
Class #39… April 6th … Writing and Selling Short Stories
Class #40… April 6th … Advanced Depth

Class #41… May 2nd … Author Voice
Class #42… May 2nd … How to Write Thrillers
Class #43… May 2nd … Adding Suspense to Your Writing
Class #44… May 2nd … Plotting With Depth
Class #45… May 3rd … Character Development
Class #46… May 3rd … Depth in Writing
Class #47… May 3rd … Advanced Character and Dialog
Class #48… May 4th … Cliffhangers
Class #49… May 4th … Pacing Your Novel
Class #50... May 4th … Advanced Depth

Class #51… June 6th …(to be announced)
Class #52… June 6th … Character Voice/Setting
Class #53… June 6th … Adding Suspense to Your Writing
Class #54… June 6th … Ideas into Stories
Class #55… June 7th … Character Development
Class #56… June 7th … Depth in Writing
Class #57… June 7th … Plotting With Depth
Class #58… June 8th … Designing Covers
Class #59… June 8th … Writing and Selling Short Stories
Class #60… June 8th … 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
Career... Classic

Lecture Series

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#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

#28... Stories to Novels... Dean Wesley Smith... 9 videos... $50.00

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