Writing in Public: Month 8, Day 8

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

Productive and fun day, but not a lot of new fiction words once again.

I actually got a full night’s sleep for the first time in a week, rolling out around noon. Schedule is slowly moving back into place and this daylight savings time will help some.

I managed to get some e-mail done, get the snail mail, and then be at my office at WMG Publishing by 2:30 p.m.  I worked there all afternoon on doing online workshop stuff and sorting paperbacks.

Made it home by 5:30 p.m., did a little more e-mail and headed for a nap with the white cat. Then an hour later dinner, news, and dishes. I made it back into this office by 9 p.m. exhausted. I am recovering from the last two weeks, but not completely there yet, of that there is no doubt.

So as I mentioned yesterday, I have two pretty major deadlines looming. So I decided to tackle one of them instead of going at the new writing. I needed them off my mind. So I worked to put together Fiction River: Universe Between. I got that done, checked it with Kris, then I wrote the introduction to the volume and sent that off after Kris read it.

One deadline down. Then off to watch some television, then back up here to this office around 1:30 a.m. old time. I sat down at my writing computer and did a quick 1,050 words on the long story I have due. That took about 40 minutes and felt great to be back on that story. Still no idea where it’s heading, but I don’t care, felt good to add words to it.

Then I decided that I needed to work on that second looming deadline. So I came back over to this computer and wrote the introduction to Smith’s Monthly #7. Got that done about 3:40 a.m. and decided that was enough.

So a fun day, productive, but still not ramped on the fiction yet. But that’s coming.


Totals For Month 8, Day 7

– Daily Fiction:1,050 words. Fiction month-to-date: 8,050 words

– Nonfiction: 1,200 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 1,600 words

– Blog Posts: 350 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 3,050 words

– E-mail: 24 e-mails. Approx. 750 new words. E-mails month-to date: 201 e-mails. Approx. 7,900 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 editing and putting together Fiction River: Universe Between.

—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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4 Responses to Writing in Public: Month 8, Day 8

  1. Jamie Lake says:

    Hi Dean,
    I cannot wait until your How to Write a Novel in 10 Days is out. When will it be published? Please, the sooner, the better!

    • dwsmith says:


      I think it’s next month in book form, but you can find the book here for free. It’s the ghost novel posts last April. Plus an introduction.



  2. Jamie Lake says:

    Thanks! Here’s the link in case anybody else is looking for it: http://www.deanwesleysmith.com/?s=ghost+novel+

    The only thing is, although I enjoy reading the process of you writing it, the posts don’t explain the “how to” as much. That’s what I look forward to reading in the book; the nuts & bolts.

    • dwsmith says:

      Honestly, Jamie, the book is just the posts. I do show how. You sit down and just write until the book is done. And I show how it can be done in ten days. Things like “how to write a novel” or outlining or getting ideas for or all that are long workshops I teach. (grin) The posts just show how to do it in the real world. And those are the book. Not much else.

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