Month 8, Day 6 of this Writing in Public challenge.
Back today to a far more productive day than yesterday. Not a lot of new words, but productive.
Rolled out too early once again, still having trouble getting the schedule back into place. But getting closer by the day. This time I was up at 10:30 a.m. even though I crashed out around 3:30 a.m.
I did a bunch of e-mail and other stuff, then headed for the snail mail and to the WMG offices. Talked with the fine folks there for a time until Kris and Allyson and I headed off to a lunch meeting.
Then back at 3 p.m. for more productive meetings at the office. Lots of stuff to talk about after this last week.
Finally headed home at 5:30 p.m., did a little more e-mail, then headed for a nap with the white cat, dinner, news, and dishes.
Back in this writing and internet office around 10 p.m.. After dinner Kris and I got talking some more about one of the problems we saw happening in general at the big workshop last week. It seems that when faced with an idea, so many professional writers just grab for what Kris calls “Low Hanging Fruit.”
That means, basically, that the writers don’t really know how to get to their own original ideas and voices and thus they end up writing the same basic thing everyone else does. And trust me, in fiction, sameness does not sell. (Although in New York editors and agents want you to write the next Harry Potter/Twilight/Shades of whatever clone. And so younger writers and younger professionals think they need to do that.)
But sameness never sells. I saw this last week at the workshop as some great stories were passed on by editors, me included, because the stories were just like everyone else’s stories. They had little or no originality, even though the writing was stunning. And that bothered me and Kris. We have been talking about it in various ways since the workshop, until we finally (yesterday and today) came up with a way to teach originality.
Until this workshop this last week, it never dawned on either of us that it needed to be taught or could be taught. But last week even some of the most original voices in the workshop decided to go to sameness. Wow.
So around 10 p.m. I was excited about the new workshop idea and started to put it together, checking it with Kris as I went. Then I went downstairs around 11:30 p.m. to watch some television, getting back up here around 2 a.m. I kept working on the new workshop and got it all ready and announced. (See post above on the new Originality workshop. It will be an amazing workshop, I promise.)
We also cancelled the Audio workshop on consultation with Jane at WMG Publishing this afternoon because of changes going on in the ACX program. We might bring the workshop back later if things settle.
So I’m excited about the new Originality workshop and didn’t get everything done on it until around 2:30 a.m. Then I headed over to my writing computer and started in on the new novel idea instead of working on the novella as I should have been doing. (Bad writer…)
The new novel with Captain Brian Saber has me excited. I ended up rereading the four stories I have in that universe and figured out a way to sort of use some of them to form the basis of the novel and jump forward. I wrote about a thousand words, tossed half of it out, wrote a little more, and decided I had enough to put it away until I got the novella done. That’s due on Monday. (grin)
So a new workshop and the novel figured out and some great meetings up at WMG Publishing where a bunch of stuff was decided and the company moved forward.
A great day. Not a lot of new words, but enough for a good day. Nature of the beast at times.
And now I suppose you folks want a cat picture.
Kris tells me I need more cat pictures. So here’s me holding our cat Molly in my internet computer chair in this office. She was a rescue who lost her back hip as a kitten and we got her before they could put her down and donated money back to the charity that paid for her surgery to save her. She’s a diva.
Now that makes the day perfect. Figured out a book, some great meetings, started a new workshop, and a cat picture.
Totals For Month 8, Day 6
– Daily Fiction: 1,100 words. Fiction month-to-date: 6,500 words
– Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 400 words
– Blog Posts: 500 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 2,400 words
– E-mail: 17 e-mails. Approx. 1,050 new words. E-mails month-to date: 162 e-mails. Approx. 6,300 words
– Covers Designed and Finished: 0. Covers finished month-to-date: 1 Covers
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Stories and Projects Finished This Month So Far
In order of production with the most recent at the top.
—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.