Writing in Public: Month 8, Day 10

Month 8, Day 10 of this Writing in Public challenge.

Almost back into shape. Two major deadlines done and gone and I’m on the downhill side of this crossover week for workshops.

Wow, watch out word count, here I come. Finally, after a number of really bad months.

Note, folks, that happens to all of us. Lets see how it all ends up and totals out on the first of August, see how the year really was. (grin) The key is just don’t stop.

Anyhow, rolled out around 1 p.m. and managed to get some e-mail done before heading to the snail mail.  Then off to WMG offices, then to two different banks before going back to the office.

I managed to get some books sorted, some workshop stuff done, and get some work done on laying out the paper version of Smith’s Monthly #6 and doing part of a cover before heading home at 5:30.

I did more workshop stuff, then off to a nap with the white cat, dinner, news, and dishes. Then into this office to work on putting the last touches on Smith’s Monthly #7. Kris was working on her Forward for Fiction River: Universe Between and it got turned in.

I spent from 9 p.m. until after midnight getting all of Smith’s Monthly #7 together and doing introductions and getting it into one file.  In the process, I wrote about 800 new words of fiction, almost all on one of the serials that will be in the issue. And about 400 words of nonfiction introductions.

Then I went downstairs to watch The Voice. Then back up here by around 2 a.m. to go back to work on the long story. I managed to get about 2,300 words in two short sessions before the construction started down on the highway below our house. Highway 101 is between here and the ocean, and for some reason some construction people decided that something needed to be done.

Loudly. Very loudly. In fact, the entire house was shaking.

When I called the police to ask them what was happening, they were surprised anything was happening. Oops.  I gave up trying to type around 4 a.m. and went downstairs to watch some television. (My keyboard was shaking.) When I came back up 45 minutes later, all the trucks and lights were gone.

So I decided that I had had a great day and was just going to write this and head to bed since it’s slightly after 5 a.m. now.

So Smith’s Monthly #7 is turned in for proofing. Fiction River: Universe Between is turned in.

And I got 3,100 fiction words done and 400 nonfiction and mostly finished a cover, but can’t count that yet. A good day.


Totals For Month 8, Day 10

— Daily Fiction: 3,100 words. Fiction month-to-date: 11,650 words

— Nonfiction: 400 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 2,000 words

— Blog Posts: 400 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 3,800 words

— E-mail: 34 e-mails. Approx. 1,150 new words. E-mails month-to date: 303 e-mails. Approx. 11,800 words

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

For projects finished in the first seven months (in a day or so I’ll have February in there) and links to the posts, click on the Writing in Public tab above.

For projects finished in the first seven months and links to the posts, click on the Writing in Public tab above.

For projects finished this month and where you can read them, click continue reading below.

Stories and Projects Finished This Month So Far

In order of production with the most recent at the top.

—Finished putting together Smith’s Monthly #7. Turned in.

—Finished editing and putting together Fiction River: Universe Between. Turned in.

—Finished the introduction to Fiction River: Universe Between.

—Finished the introduction to Smith’s Monthly #7. It will appear in Smith’s Monthly #7 in April.

—Finished The Slots of Saturn: A Poker Boy novel. It will appear in Smith’s Monthly #7 in April and in June in book form. 58,000 words.

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3 Responses to Writing in Public: Month 8, Day 10

  1. Mike Southern says:

    Since you mentioned them, I have a few quick questions about serials. Do you approach them differently from, say, a novel? Does it make a difference when the serial has to have a specified number of episodes, as opposed to just writing a short story or novel to its natural length? And do you write each installment with the intention of ending on a “cliffhanger”? (I put that in quotes since I know they don’t have to be literal cliffhangers.)

    I guess this all boils down to: What is different — if anything — about writing serials from writing other types of fiction?

    • dwsmith says:

      Honestly, Mike, I wouldn’t write them any different. I pretty much automatically do cliffhangers at the end of every chapter to keep readers reading in a novel, so breaking it apart doesn’t seem to hurt much. I honestly don’t know about the serials I am doing in Smith’s Monthly. I had rough drafts of them done before as full book form and also stories, so putting them together is only taking some time to write linking chapters or bringing something up. I’m not sure after these are done if I will do any more serials.

      So to be clear on my answer. I don’t see much different in writing a novel than writing a novel that will be serialized. But only an opinion and I can be talked off that ledge. (grin)

      • Joseph Bradshire says:

        Dean I’ve been ending scenes and chapters with cliffhangers. I think I get it from watching about a million cop shows (SVU/Castle/Bones, etc…)

        Someone pointed it out to me recently. Totally accidental.

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