Spent most of the evening before dinner working on the mystery workshop in my office up at WMG Publishing. Kris taught a mystery workshop here on the coast twice, but we wanted to make this online workshop have a different focus.
So I recorded some of it this afternoon. It is going to be very, very different.
The workshop will work on the focus of writing mystery, how the sub-genres different in openings, structure, endings, plot points, and so on. And how to control readers in each sub-genre. And using mystery tropes and so much more, including how to use mystery in other genres.
I realized that both the new Mystery and the new Expectations workshops will have a much higher level focus on readers and reader satisfaction than any other workshops we do. Great fun!
So I had a good time working on the mystery workshop this afternoon and I’m actually excited about both workshops starting next week even if very few writers sign up for them.
And speaking of workshops, the Teams workshop, a workshop I think is one of the more important we do with story structure, has only one person in it. And Ideas to Stories has no one in it.
Wow, are we still solidly in the Time of Great Forgetting, and this year the political stuff is taking a lot of attention as well. I got a hunch that in September we’re going to be hearing from a lot of writers just waking up to the fact they let their writing go for months and months.
As for me, I have a novel to power to the end of or around the first of the month because, for the first time in a long time, I have a novel deadline. (Besides my normal monthly Smith’s Monthly deadline.) I agreed to be in a really cool science fiction bundle and I need to finish the book Star Fall by August 15th, so I need to get this mystery done and get going on that one.
Fun. Great focus. Plus I have some short stories to write for my new challenge. I am as excited about the writing as I am about doing the two new workshops.
August Online Workshops
Still lots of room in these except the Short Story workshop. It is now sold out, but the two new ones still have room. All details at www.wmgpublishingworkshops.com
THE WORKSHOPS START ON TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY
Class #11… Aug 2nd … The Business of Writing
Class #12… Aug 2nd … Expectations (Writing on the Rails)
Class #13… Aug 2nd … Writing Mysteries
Class #14… Aug 2nd … Ideas into Stories
Class #15… Aug 2nd … Teams in Fiction
Class #16… Aug 3rd … Depth in Writing
Class #17… Aug 3rd … Plotting With Depth
Class #18… Aug 3rd … Writing Fiction Sales Copy
Class #19… Aug 3rd … Writing and Selling Short Stories (Full)
Class #20… Aug 3rd … Advanced Depth
Classic Workshops and Lectures are also available at any time.
Topic of the Night: Nothing tonight
I got about half of a Sacred Cows post done on failure. Got tired, decided to finish it this weekend. You’ll see it Monday.
But I did get my 10,000 steps in just fine.
The Writing of Freezeout: A Cold Poker Gang Novel
Day 1… 1,050 words. Total words so far… 1,050 words.
Day 2… 2,850 words. Total words so far… 3,900 words.
Day 3… 800 words. Total words so far… 4,700 words.
Day 4… 4,700 words. Total words so far… 9,400 words.
Day 5… 3,200 words. Total words so far… 12,600 words.
Day 6… 3,100 words. Total words so far… 15,700 words.
Day 7… 3,400 words. Total words so far… 19,100 words.
Totals For Year 3, Month 12, Day 28
Writing in Public blog streak… Day 1,043
10,000 steps streak… Day 28
— Daily Fiction: 00 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 49,100 words
— Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 00 words
— Blog Posts: 400 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 13,800 words
— E-mail: 9 e-mails. Approx. 400 original words. E-mails month-to date: 494 e-mails. Approx. 31,600 words
— Covers Designed and Finished: 0. Covers finished month-to-date: 8 Covers
— Year of Short Fiction Goal: 120 stories. Stories finished to date: 8 stories.
— Yearly Novel Goal: 12 Novels. Novels finished to date: 0 novels.
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