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A Workshop Day

A Workshop Day

Except for working some on Smith’s Monthly covers and moving stuff in the store, I think everything I did today had to do with workshops in one way or another.

And I got the third week of the Originality Workshop loaded onto to Youtube.

ATTENTION!

Last Day to Sign Up on May Online workshops.

Workshops start Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Not behind, but don’t wait any longer.

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Originality Workshop

Here is the link to Week 1, Session 3 of the Originality Workshop. I managed to get the third week loaded up as well today. I am only going to put occasional videos up here on the workshop on YouTube, not the entire workshop. But I will continue posting them here through the first week of the workshop.  I will have all forty-plus videos of the Originality workshop uploaded on Youtube I hope by the end of the week.

If you get a chance, subscribe to the channel on Youtube that holds the workshops. That way you’ll get notice when I put up a topic of the night video or something else.

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Topic of the Night: Nothing tonight

Eyes are tired from working on covers and doing all the workshop online stuff, or I guess I should say my eye is tired, so going to rest tonight. Back at the novel on Thursday to finish it by my deadline.

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Totals For Year 3, Month 10, Day 3

Writing in Public blog streak… Day 958

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

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

— Blog Posts: 200 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 1,400 words

— E-mail: 24 e-mails. Approx. 1,300 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 83 e-mails. Approx. 5,400 words

— Covers Designed and Finished: 2. Covers finished month-to-date: 2 Covers

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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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Last Day to Sign Up for May Online Workshops

LAST DAY FOR MAY ONLINE WORKSHOPS

All of the May 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 except Writing Fiction Sales Copy and Business of Writing are limited to just five writers.

All workshops have openings.

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 … The Business of Writing
Class #50… May 4th … Writing Fiction Sales Copy

Classic Workshops and Lectures are also available at any time.

Workshop Day

Workshop Day

Still pretty tired from the schedule getting screwed up yesterday with jury duty, so spent the day doing workshop stuff.

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The Day

Nothing really much to talk about. Introduced our cleaning person to the new cat, then headed to the WMG offices to work on workshop stuff. Had lunch with Kris, then more workshop stuff.

Home for dinner around 7 p.m. and then I watched the Blazer game with the new cat on my lap. Then I took a nap, watched more television, worked on more workshop stuff, and am now going to call it a night.

Got stuff accomplished, just nothing exciting. (grin)

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Workshops

May Online workshops are starting next Monday.

That’s right, May 1st is Sunday. Workshops start on Tuesday. And still room in both new workshops that are starting in May, plus the Author Voice workshop that started last month and the Dialog workshop that started the month before.

I am sort of surprised at times how good a list of workshops we have right now.

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Topic of the Night: Did three this week. 

Enough for now.

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The Writing of Death Takes a Partner: A Mary Jo Assassin Novel

Day 1.. 2,100 words.   Total words so far… 2,100 words.
Day 2.. 4,400 words.  Total words so far… 6,500 words.
Day 3.. 4,200 words.  Total words so far… 10,700 words.
Day 4.. 2,150 words.  Total words so far… 12,850 words.
Day 5.. 2,200 words.  Total words so far… 15,500 words.
Day 6.. 2,050 words.  Total words so far… 17,550 words.

(I have a hunch this won’t be the final image on the book or magazine cover, but works for now.)

Totals For Year 3, Month 9, Day 27

Writing in Public blog streak… Day 952

— Daily Fiction: 00 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 24,100 words  

— Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 1,800 words 

— Blog Posts: 200 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 17,000 words

— E-mail: 14 e-mails. Approx. 500 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 529 e-mails. Approx. 35,800 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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A New Business Workshop

There are two new online business workshops starting up in May. One I have already talked about called WRITING FICTION SALES COPY.

Now, here is the second, maybe the most intense and ambitious online workshop Kris and I have ever tried to put together…

(Starting in May: Limited to 12 only in May. After that limited to 5.)

THE BUSINESS OF WRITING

The modern world of publishing forces writers to become businesses, more than ever before in history.  

And business in writing is all about control, about you controlling your own work.

This workshop is going to try to be a comprehensive look at the many business factors you must think about as a writer in your business.

Here are just some area of what will be covered:

— Levels of business and when and why… DBA, LLC, or Full Corporation.
— How to safely hire help for your production.
— When and where do you need a contract, samples of basic contracts, and problems with TOS contracts.
— Accounting in all its forms, from the basics to more advanced.
— Tracking sales. What is needed, what isn’t needed
— Cash flow… the most critical element in any business.
— When can you think of going full time?
— Naming your business, pen names, and all the factors of names
— Taxes… the more you legally save is more you have to spend or save.
— Copyrights and ownership and control.
— Dealing with the high sales and low sales and the cycles of publishing sales.
— Spreading out cash streams. The value and the problems.
— Spreading out your business base. The value and the problems.
— How to keep your writing mentally separated from your business as much as possible.
— Organization… a ton of tricks and methods that work for many.
— How to keep from being completely overwhelmed.

— And so much more.

This workshop will not only cover business basics, but advanced business because even a writer starting off can take notes and come back to them later as their business grows. Also knowing options ahead of you can help you plan your business growth.

Don’t miss this one.

More On The New Workshop

More on the New Workshop

Actually, we are starting two new online workshops in May. This spring we have started some advanced craft workshops, such as Dialog and Author Voice.

So we figured it was time to go to the other side of the equation and finally do the two business workshops we have been thinking about for some time.

The first announced a few days ago for May was WRITING FICTION SALES COPY. That’s a critical skill to learn in this modern world for making sales. Even if you want to go traditional or small press, having the skill to write fiction sales copy will help your publisher.

And help you make a ton more sales.

The second workshop we are announcing tonight is the most ambitious online workshop we are ever going to try. THE BUSINESS OF WRITING

In six weeks we are going to cram in more business information than you could ever imagine.

Kristine Kathryn Rusch and I will put this together. You all know Kris’s business blogs from the last seven years or so. Kris and I have made our living with our writing since the late 1980s, and along the way we have started two major publishing businesses.

We know the business of writing. And we’re going to try to cram vast amounts into this workshop, plus a ton of ways to find reasonably-priced help when you need it and some sample contracts and so on.

When do you make enough that you should be a corporation and which kind of corporation? How can you legally save money on your taxes? How to track sales and what does it really take? How to deal with ups and downs?

How do you protect and keep the control in your business? Knowledge is control.

We will be answering questions all the way through as well, and if we don’t know the answer, we will tell you where to find it.

Limited to only 12 writers the first time in May and then 5 writers after that, so don’t delay jumping into this one.

Sign-up information under the Online Workshops tab above.

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Science Fiction Workshop has gone classic.

The other workshop news is that the science fiction workshop is now classic, which means you can sign up and take it at any time you want.

Sign-up information under the Online Workshops tab above.

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MAY ONLINE WORKSHOPS

Limited only to 5 writers each class except for the two new workshops. Those are limited to 12 writers for May.

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 … The Business of Writing (New!)
Class #50… May 4th … Writing Fiction Sales Copy (New!)

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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The Day

Monday, so started off with a bunch of errands, then worked at WMG Publishing on workshops, then home to do some workshop assignments, then I cooked dinner.

Back in here around 9 p.m. to do workshop assignments until around midnight, then watched the Voice.

Then back in here to work on Smith’s Monthly. Got #30 turned into WMG Publishing. It will have both the novel and the nonfiction book of my blogs in it. Should be interesting reading.

Then I did some other workshop stuff and then finished up the announcement on the new business online workshop.

That workshop is going to be so much fun.

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Topic of the Night: More on Clean Copy

A couple people wrote me and made comments that they had discovered that writing into the dark and cycling and moving forward tended for them to also produce cleaner copy, and that when rewriting, they introduced errors.

It is amazing when you tell your subconscious to not write sloppy, but instead write only one draft, will cause your work to come out cleaner. But the more I think about it, the more it doesn’t amaze me.

Of course my subconscious knows how to write clean copy. Of course. Duh.

What is amazing is that I was surprised by this, surprised that I had yet again found another myth lurking between my ears I hadn’t cleaned out.

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Totals For Year 3, Month 9, Day 11

Writing in Public blog streak… Day 935

— Daily Fiction: 00 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 7,000 words  

— Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 1,800 words 

— Blog Posts: 1,900 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 5,800 words

— E-mail:32 e-mails. Approx. 3,100 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 236 e-mails. Approx. 17,200 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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Update On New Workshop Description

Update on New Workshop

In the description of the new workshop starting in May, I forgot a huge piece of information. This workshop will be completely different from the Pitches and Blurbs workshop we did for about two years.

If there is even two or three videos that are similar I will be surprised. That workshop was more surface. This new workshop is about the techniques, the tricks, the ways to get readers to dive into your work instead of scanning on.

WRITING FICTION SALES COPY

This workshop focuses on all the details in writing Fiction Sales Copy that will help your sales.

Boring always hurts stories and when boring comes through in sales copy, no one opens to the story.  

You want your stories to sell more? This workshop gives all the tricks.

Seven major ways of composing sales copy for your novels or short stories or non-fiction works. This workshop goes over it all detail by detail. When to use which technique.

How much plot do you put in?

How do you tell your readers what your book is about quickly, without too much plot?

How to grab a reader from the sales copy and make them want to open the book?

You will be practicing writing on your own work all the way through. So everything you do in this workshop will be able to be used instantly on your own books.

And even better, you will understand by the end of the six weeks why certain techniques work and why others do not. In other words, this workshop will help you understand the reasons behind the sales copy you will write.

And maybe, just maybe, a little bit more about fiction in general.

You want more sales? This workshop can’t be missed.

Sign up details on the Online Workshop tab above.

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The Day

A Friday, not really anything worth talking about. Just put it this way: I didn’t get started on any new book.

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Topic of the Night: Excited About the New Fiction Sales Copy Workshop.

When I did the series of posts last fall about writing sales copy for the 32 stories in Stories from July, I actually got excited about doing more with the topic. So over the fall I kept adding details that I didn’t have in that series, more stuff to help writers.

So I hope some people sign up for this one. I like the idea of doing it.

Weird, I know.  But I am starting to understand how James Patterson and Clive Cussler could come from advertising and know how to sell books and write books. Some of this sales copy writing shines a pretty bright light on the novels or stories they are selling.

Very interesting how that evolves the more I get down into this fiction sale copy study.

Fun, great fun.

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MAY ONLINE WORKSHOPS

Limited only to 5 writers each class.

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 … Writing Fiction Sales Copy (NEW!)

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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Totals For Year 3, Month 9, Day 8

Writing in Public blog streak… Day 932

— Daily Fiction: 00 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 7,000 words  

— Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 1,800 words 

— Blog Posts: 500 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 3,300 words

— E-mail: 16 e-mails. Approx. 700 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 154 e-mails. Approx. 10,100 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.)

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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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.)

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.
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.)

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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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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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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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 … The Business of Writing
Class #50... May 4th … Writing Fiction Sales Copy

Class #51… June 6th … The Business of Writing
Class #52… June 6th … Character Voice/Setting
Class #53… June 6th … Author Voice
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 … Writing Fiction Sales Copy
Class #59… June 8th … Writing and Selling Short Stories
Class #60… June 8th … Advanced Depth

Class #1… July 11th … Author Voice
Class #2… July 11th … How to Write Thrillers
Class #3… July 11th … Adding Suspense to Your Writing
Class #4… July 11th … Plotting With Depth
Class #5… July 12th … Character Development
Class #6… July 12th … Depth in Writing
Class #7… July 12th … Advanced Character and Dialog
Class #8… July 13th … Cliffhangers
Class #9… July 13th … Pacing Your Novel
Class #10... July 13th … Writing Fiction Sales Copy

Class #11… Aug 8th … The Business of Writing
Class #12… Aug 8th … Character Voice/Setting
Class #13… Aug 8th … Adding Suspense to Your Writing
Class #14… Aug 8th … Ideas into Stories
Class #15… Aug 9th … Character Development
Class #16… Aug 9th … Depth in Writing
Class #17… Aug 9th … Plotting With Depth
Class #18… Aug 10th … Writing Fiction Sales Copy
Class #19… Aug 10th … Writing and Selling Short Stories
Class #20… Aug 10th … Advanced Depth

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#1... Heinlein's Rules... Dean Wesley Smith 15 videos... $75.00

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#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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