The Journal, Friday, 8/4

Hey Folks,

Back in June when I was writing a short story every day, I had a few I wanted to turn into novels. I’m going to glance back over those today.

If I find something that runs with me, I’ll write it.

If I don’t, I’ll start writing a short story every day again (beginning today) until I hit on an idea that wants to be a novel. (grin)

TOPIC: ISBNs, Copyright, etc.

I’m astounded by the general lack of knowledge of writers about the writing business as evidenced by some of the questions I receive.

This morning a friend wrote to ask whether he could use the CreateSpace (hereafter, CS) ISBN if he had the book printed by someone else. (No. Every edition of a book has to have a separate ISBN.)

CS charges no upfront fees. The only fee is a per-book charge of around $2 to $3 per book, and that’s your cost if you order copies of the book to sell yourself. Personally, I see no reason to even do that.

If you charge enough to put the book on Extended Distribution through CS, it will be listed through Ingram et al and offered for sale in all the various catalogs.

It will also show up in any Amazon (B&N, Kobo, etc.) search right alongside the ebook. And THAT’S the main reason I offer my books in paper. For the price comparison.

If you order a bunch of copies because you want to “hold your book in your hand,” you’re costing yourself money. If you have a venue where you can sell them yourself (speaking engagements, indie bookstores, etc.), you’ll make a tidy profit.

But otherwise, for copies sold through Extended Distribution and normal channels, you’ll make about $2 in royalties (about 10%) per copy sold.

Your ebook, on the other hand, will earn you a whopping 70-80% of the list price, depending on the venue.

The paper edition of one of my books sells for $15.99. For every paper copy that sells, I earn about $2.

The ebook edition of the same book costs $4.99, a much more attractive price. For every ebook copy that sells, I earn between $3.50 and $4.00.

In the same email, my friend asked whether he has to send a “hard copy” to the Library of Congress. He said “I know at one time all publishers, including self publishers had to do this.”

Again, no. And no, they weren’t. Nor do you need an LCCN (Library of Congress Catalogue Number).

The LCCN, which by my estimate 99.83652987% of novice authors/publishers fret over, doesn’t even ensure that your work is in the actual Library of Congress.

Most novice writers, from what I’ve been able to discern, believe they either “have” to have an LCCN or that having one will somehow cause their work to be enshrined in the Library of Congress. Neither case is true.

Requesting and purchasing (yep, it costs money) an LCCN only ensures a listing in their catalogue, which again does absolutely nothing to benefit the author or the work.

For questions on copyright, see the US Copyright Office at http://www.copyright.gov/.

Today, and Writing

Got up late this morning (for me) at around 4 and spent the first couple hours doing nothing much. Normal email and FB and the topic above.

Didn’t find a June story to run with, so I knocked out a couple thousand words on a new story. Breaking about 9 to do a little yard work (mowing) on the part that’s dry.

Finished with the yard (it’s probably an acre but mows like 5 acres) in a little over an hour. Now to finish the short story for today. Then I think I’m gonna take some time off to watch baseball. (grin)

Well, the game starts at 11. So I’ll get a shower, watch the game and finish the story later today.

Well, I went back to the story for awhile, but it seems to want to be either a long short story or maybe a novella. We’ll see.

Back tomorrow.

Of Interest

Nada today.

Fiction Words: 3109
Nonfiction Words: 680 (Journal)
So total words for the day: 3789

Writing of “Untitled” (short story)

Day 1…… 3109 words. Total words to date…… 3109

Total fiction words for the month……… 11329
Total fiction words for the year………… 374307
Total nonfiction words for the month… 2270
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 121380
Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 495687

The Daily Journal blog streak……………………………………… 617 days
Calendar Year 2017 Novel Goal (15 novels or novellas)………………… 8 novels or novellas
Novels (since Oct 19, 2014)………………………………………… 26
Novellas (since Nov 1, 2015)……………………………………… 4
Short stories (since Apr 15, 2014)……………………………… 179

The Journal, Thursday, 8/3

Hey Folks,

Well, the curator giveth and the curator taketh away. One of the bundles my work was going to be in was deleted by the curator. I think maybe he scheduled it too soon (August 15). Anyway…

Topic: Creating .epub and .mobi Files… Uh, No

In “Of Interest” today, Nate Hoffelder (The Digital Reader) mentions that Amazon has released a Kindle Create file creation tool as an add-in for Microsoft Word.

He goes on awhile too about creating .epub files, for which there are various programs.

Maybe I’m missing something, but I just don’t understand why this would matter, ever, to a writer. Even when I was eformatting for other folks, I did all the formatting in Microsoft Word. I’ve never created a .mobi (Kindle) or .epub (everything else) file.

When I upload my MS Word document to Draft2Digital, D2D automatically generates a clean, validated .epub file and a clean .mobi (Kindle) file that I can use any way I like. In fact, that .epub file is the one I upload to BundleRabbit.

The fact that you can upload your .doc or .docx file to D2D is exactly why I wonder why ANYbody in this day and age would opt NOT to publish to ebooks as well as paper.

Yes, I DO understand that if you create your own .epub and .mobi files manually, you can control more of the formatting, etc. Like adding drop caps, etc.

But I also know that on most e-readers, final formatting is up to the reader. So all the hours the “writer” (turned “formatter”) spent formatting his .epub or .mobi file can be negated in half a heartbeat. Dropcaps gone. Orientation changed. Font faces and sizes changed.

Besides, I’d rather spend those hours writing. Or, you know, rolling a sheet of paper into a cone and poking myself in the eye.

If anyone out there knows what I’m missing (i.e., a good reason to spend time creating .epub and/or .mobi files), please let me know.

Today, and Writing

Rolled out a little early this morning. Even after doing the email and Facebook thing (and writing the above), I turned to the novel for the first session at 3:30 a.m.

Well, this is gonna be one of those books. I wrote most of a new chapter, then just stopped. There were a few interruptions, but I’m used to those. I can be interrupted, take a few minutes to an hour or longer off, and come right back to the novel and pick up as if I’d never left.

But not this morning. What I wrote this morning wasn’t right. Now, this isn’t me reading it and being critical. This is my subconscious, as I’m writing, saying I’m not getting the right words on the page. Or maybe not in the right order.

So I’ll move what I wrote this morning to the end, put it in the “Cuts” section, and make another run at it in a little while.

Nope. The whole time I’ve had in the back of my mind that this would be a novel. It isn’t. It’s about one event. It’s a short story.

Oh well.

Back tomorrow.

Of Interest

See “The joys of volunteering for Distributed Proofreaders” at https://teleread.org/2017/08/02/the-joys-of-volunteering-for-distributed-proofreaders/. Just in case it’s your cuppa tea.

Via The Digital Reader, “Kindle Create Add-in for Microsoft Word Released” at https://the-digital-reader.com/2017/08/02/kindle-create-add-microsoft-word-released/. Note that both tools are currently in Beta (testing) phase.

Fiction Words: 2389
Nonfiction Words: 580 (Journal)
So total words for the day: 2969

Writing of “Pancho & Lefty: An Alternate Ending” (short story)

Day 1…… 2738 words. Total words to date…… 2738
Day 2…… 1975 words. Total words to date…… 4713
Day 3…… 2389 words. Total words to date…… 7102 (done)

Total fiction words for the month……… 8220
Total fiction words for the year………… 371198
Total nonfiction words for the month… 1590
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 120700
Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 491898

The Daily Journal blog streak……………………………………… 616 days
Calendar Year 2017 Novel Goal (15 novels or novellas)………………… 8 novels or novellas
Novels (since Oct 19, 2014)………………………………………… 26
Novellas (since Nov 1, 2015)……………………………………… 4
Short stories (since Apr 15, 2014)……………………………… 179

The Journal, Wednesday, 8/2

Hey Folks,

There is a LOT of good information in “Of Interest” below. Be sure to check it out.

A couple of days ago I announced here (to my friends) that I had another request for one of my books for a bundle. It happened again yesterday after I filed the Journal for the day. Too cool!

And then today, I received requests to include three more of my books in bundles. WAY cool! (grin)

By February, I’ll have books in

  • Dystopia (current, A Rough New World);
  • Guns of the West (current, No Kind’a Time and “A Turning Point for Charlie Pilsen”);
  • Cowpunchers and Gunfighters (August 15, Commanche Fire);
  • Gumshoes (October 2, Without a Clue);
  • Remembering Warriors (January 1, Rise of a Warrior); and
  • Frisky February (February 1, The Overall Effect of Them). I am STOKED!

So one more reason to be glad I’m writing what I want to write, and writing across genres.

If you aren’t in BundleRabbit yet, get there!

***

Below in “Of Interest” is an article on Legal Myths. I recommend it. However, I disagree with the author re the need to register copyright.

I personally do not register my copyright with the copyright office. If I did, I probably would do so one year at a time.

I would bundle all my writing for 2016 (for example), title it “Works of Harvey Stanbrough, 2016” and register it for one fee. But I don’t even do that. I publish works soon after they’re finished, and the publication date should be ample proof.

Today, and Writing

I worked a little on a handout for the upcoming Storytelling at Depth workshop. Still a couple of spots open.

Did some other stuff, a lot of online playing, etc. Around 10:30 I moved to the novel.

I didn’t feel good about the opening I wrote yesterday, but I wasn’t sure why. This morning I realized I’d started too late in the story.

So today I wrote a new opening, then cycled through the whole thing.

I was also interrupted a LOT today, but all of it was good interruptions.

Three times I was interrupted by curators requesting my books for inclusion in bundles at BundleRabbit. As an added bonus, one of my friend Alison Holt’s books was ALSO requested for one of those bundles! And I think she only uploaded it today. How cool is that?

So not a big writing day today, but I feel back on track with the novel and good about everything else.

Back tomorrow.

Of Interest

See “5 Legal Myths That Writers Still Fall For, Debunked” at https://www.bookworks.com/2017/04/legal-myths-debunked-writers-authors/.

Wow. Check the comments at http://www.deanwesleysmith.com/novel-four-finished-challenge-made/#comments. There are a lot of “congrats” but a few meaty ones too.

I’m not wild about the full title you’ll find, but check these “10 Brutal Truths” at http://thepowerofideas.ideapod.com/10-brutal-truths-life-will-help-get-shit-together/. Not directly related to writing, but SO pertinent. Well done, other than the title.

Check Dean’s “A New Day” at http://www.deanwesleysmith.com/a-new-day/. Toward the bottom, he offers both an audio and a video of a podcast he just did. It’s chock full of gems. I strongly recommend it. (I prefer the video.)

Finally, while I was watching the podcast above, I also stumbled across “Being Prolific as a Fiction Writer” at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MH1wz-YnFe0/. Again, I strongly recommend it. A lot about the history of writing here.

Fiction Words: 1975
Nonfiction Words: 550 (Journal)
So total words for the day: 2525

Writing of A Kindness (tentative title, novel)

Day 1…… 2738 words. Total words to date…… 2738
Day 2…… 1975 words. Total words to date…… 4713

Total fiction words for the month……… 5831
Total fiction words for the year………… 368809
Total nonfiction words for the month… 1010
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 120120
Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 488929

The Daily Journal blog streak……………………………………… 615 days
Calendar Year 2017 Novel Goal (15 novels or novellas)………………… 8 novels or novellas
Novels (since Oct 19, 2014)………………………………………… 26
Novellas (since Nov 1, 2015)……………………………………… 4
Short stories (since Apr 15, 2014)……………………………… 179

The Journal, Tuesday, 8/1

Hey Folks,

Well, five are signed up for the writing intensive now. Three slots left, and one more would-be attendee is thinking about it.

Today I’ll endeavor to finish my July novel. (grin) Whenever I finish, I’ll have 8 novels or novellas at the beginning of the 8th month of the year.

With my annual goal of 15 novels or novellas on the year, I’m going to plan to write two novels per month for August, September and October. Absolutely no reason I shouldn’t be able to do that.

During August also I’m prepping for and teaching the intensive, and I’ll begin another online workshop with Dean to keep advancing my own skills. All in all, wow do I ever love this life.

***

I’ve talked a lot about Draft2Digital, a distributor for ebooks. They’ve added Overdrive now to their distribution list, helping writers get into a boatload of libraries. Check it out at https://draft2digital.com/blog/.

Today, and Writing

I started writing (inside) at about 8:45. By 9 I realized the last chapter I wrote yesterday was a false ending. And it was actually longer than the last chapter I wrote today. (grin) Go figure.

I ditched it.

I sat back for a minute, then put my fingers on the keyboard again. A little less than an hour later, I’d written 1118 words and the thing was done. And it’s tight.

I’ll take a break now, then start the next one.

Started writing again around noon. All I had was a mental image of two guys in a military truck in a foreign country in a driving rain watching something. The driver wanted to be there. The passenger did not.

A little over 1100 words in the first hour. Then I wanted a cigar so I packed up and headed for the Hovel. Turned on the swamp cooler out there, lit a cigar and hammered out another thousand words.

Then the squirrels who live in the wood and junk pile just outside the door of the Hovel started sounding off with a bark that sounds like birdsong.

I got up and went outside. I said, “Little Bit, are you out here?”

She came walking out from under the travel trailer we use as a spare bedroom. So now I have cat-alarm squirrels.

I packed up and headed back to the house.

At 2:50, I returned to the story.

I wrote ’til around 3:30, then called it. Good day.

Back tomorrow.

Of Interest

Read Dean’s “Novel Four: Finished. Challenge Made!” at http://www.deanwesleysmith.com/novel-four-finished-challenge-made/. Be sure to read the bold face stuff too below the post. That starts with “Total for Challenge.”

Via The Passive Voice, see “The Power of the Unlikeable Protagonist” at http://writerunboxed.com/2017/07/01/the-power-of-the-unlikeable-protagonist/.

Fiction Words: 3856
Nonfiction Words: 460 (Journal)
So total words for the day: 4316

Writing of A Kindness (tentative title, novel)

Day 1…… 2738 words. Total words to date…… 2738

Writing of The Implications (formerly tentatively titled Graham’s Road)
362978
Words brought forward…… 1070
Day 1…… 3012 words. Total words to date…… 4082
Day 2…… 2675 words. Total words to date…… 6757
Day 3…… 2181 words. Total words to date…… 8938
Day 4…… 4913 words. Total words to date…… 13851
Day 5…… 2543 words. Total words to date…… 16394
Day 6…… 1207 words. Total words to date…… 17601
Day 7…… 0816 words. Total words to date…… 18417
Day 8…… 0869 words. Total words to date…… 19286
Day 9…… 0503 words. Total words to date…… 19789
Day 10… 0761 words. Total words to date…… 20550
Day 11… 0653 words. Total words to date…… 21203
Day 12… 3725 words. Total words to date…… 24928
Day 13… 4125 words. Total words to date…… 29053
Day 14… 1118 words. Total words to date…… 30171 (done)

Total fiction words for the month……… 3856
Total fiction words for the year………… 366834
Total nonfiction words for the month… 460
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 119570
Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 486404

The Daily Journal blog streak……………………………………… 614 days
Calendar Year 2017 Novel Goal (15 novels or novellas)………………… 8 novels or novellas
Novels (since Oct 19, 2014)………………………………………… 26
Novellas (since Nov 1, 2015)……………………………………… 4
Short stories (since Apr 15, 2014)……………………………… 179

The Journal, Monday, 7/31

Hey Folks,

The Last Day of July! Woohoo! Today I’ll finish my 26th novel. With any luck, I’ll begin the 27th. Well, I might wait until August 1 just to be honest about it.

Today, and Writing

Headed out to the Hovel at around 10. Struggling a little as I head for the end game on this one. The characters tossed up one more twist. Very weird.

So I wrote awhile, then cycled back through almost the whole book to make sure everything fit. Then I wrote some more, cycled back some more, and wrote some more.

Well, I found the end, but I didn’t finish. Mea culpa. Guess I’m not as bulletproof as I thought. Tomorrow I will have missed one month in my goal to complete a novel every month. But I think I won’t mourn too long. (grin)

Back tomorrow.

Of Interest

Nothing today.

Fiction Words: 4125
Nonfiction Words: 150 (Journal)
So total words for the day: 4275

Writing of Graham’s Road (tentative title, novel or novella)

Words brought forward…… 1070
Day 1…… 3012 words. Total words to date…… 4082
Day 2…… 2675 words. Total words to date…… 6757
Day 3…… 2181 words. Total words to date…… 8938
Day 4…… 4913 words. Total words to date…… 13851
Day 5…… 2543 words. Total words to date…… 16394
Day 6…… 1207 words. Total words to date…… 17601
Day 7…… 0816 words. Total words to date…… 18417
Day 8…… 0869 words. Total words to date…… 19286
Day 9…… 0503 words. Total words to date…… 19789
Day 10… 0761 words. Total words to date…… 20550
Day 11… 0653 words. Total words to date…… 21203
Day 12… 3725 words. Total words to date…… 24928
Day 13… 4125 words. Total words to date…… 29053

Total fiction words for the month……… 25021
Total fiction words for the year………… 362978
Total nonfiction words for the month… 11280
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 119110
Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 482008

The Daily Journal blog streak……………………………………… 613 days
Calendar Year 2017 Novel Goal (15 novels or novellas)………………… 7 novels or novellas
Novels (since Oct 19, 2014)………………………………………… 25
Novellas (since Nov 1, 2015)……………………………………… 4
Short stories (since Apr 15, 2014)……………………………… 179

The Journal, Sunday, 7/30

Hey Folks,

Cool. I woke this morning to a request to include yet another of my books, Rise of a Warrior, in a bundle at BundleRabbit. Not only is it a good stand-alone novel, but it’s also the first book in the Wes Crowley series. Uh, yeah. I’ll do that. (grin)

If you don’t have your work listed with BundleRabbit yet, why not? Check it out at http://bundlerabbit.com. The account is free, and every time your story or book is bundled, you gain access to new readers.

And yes, you can upload short stories and collections as well as novellas and novels. Just do it already.

***

Still a few slots open for the writing intensive. As a reminder, it’s on Wednesday, 16 August, here in beautiful downtown St. David.

***

I actually sacked out early last night and rose early this morning. Feels good to be back on track. I spent the first couple of hours playing, looking at parlor-sized (3/4 sized) guitars online.

But I don’t think I’m gonna buy one just yet. I still have stories to tell, and I really don’t have time for more than one passionate pursuit.

Today, and Writing

To the novel at 6. I’m getting anxious to have this one over and done. That string of three-digit word counts is bugging me.

Ran into another problem with the situation. I know the end is close, but I also don’t have a clue where it is. Exciting but frustrating too.

I’m pretty sure now I won’t wrap this one until tomorrow. I won’t rush the ending either, but I don’t think I’ll need to anyway. As I said, it feels like I’m in the proximity.

Worked on it off and on during the day, mostly in 15 and 20 minute bits. Around noon I took a couple hours off to watch the Cubs play the Brewers. Then around 2:20 I headed out to the Hovel (first time since I’ve been back) to put in at least one solid session today.

Little girl’s been really needy today, following me around and so on. Right now she’s under the bed (thunder in the area) so I went to the Hovel.

I have to find a way to get to the Hovel more often. All day in those short bits, I wrote about 1700 words. In one hour and a half session in the Hovel, I wrote the rest. Wow. That’s the power of having a place where your subconscious is trained to write.

I think I could have written more too, but I worked myself into a corner and ran out of time. I might need to rethink what time I post the Journal. (grin)

Back tomorrow.

Of Interest

Via Linda Adams on her Facebook page, you’re cheating yourself of a great time if you don’t read “Self Publishing Destroys the Universe at https://medium.com/@kevintumlinson/self-publishing-destroys-the-universe-9b4cb0276518/. It’s a little long, but a ton of fun.

See Dean’s “Novel Four: Day Four” at http://www.deanwesleysmith.com/novel-four-day-four/. Incredible. Here I am struggling to finish a single novel of only around 30,000 words (maybe) and he’s about to finish his fourth 40,000+ word novel of the month.

I don’t compare myself to Dean, but I do use him for inspiration and to realize what’s possible. (grin)

Fiction Words: 3725
Nonfiction Words: 550 (Journal)
So total words for the day: 4275

Writing of Graham’s Road (short novel)

Words brought forward…… 1070
Day 1…… 3012 words. Total words to date…… 4082
Day 2…… 2675 words. Total words to date…… 6757
Day 3…… 2181 words. Total words to date…… 8938
Day 4…… 4913 words. Total words to date…… 13851
Day 5…… 2543 words. Total words to date…… 16394
Day 6…… 1207 words. Total words to date…… 17601
Day 7…… 0816 words. Total words to date…… 18417
Day 8…… 0869 words. Total words to date…… 19286
Day 9…… 0503 words. Total words to date…… 19789
Day 10… 0761 words. Total words to date…… 20550
Day 11… 0653 words. Total words to date…… 21203
Day 12… 3725 words. Total words to date…… 24928

Total fiction words for the month……… 25021
Total fiction words for the year………… 362978
Total nonfiction words for the month… 11280
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 119110
Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 482008

The Daily Journal blog streak……………………………………… 612 days
Calendar Year 2017 Novel Goal (15 novels or novellas)………………… 7 novels or novellas
Novels (since Oct 19, 2014)………………………………………… 25
Novellas (since Nov 1, 2015)……………………………………… 4
Short stories (since Apr 15, 2014)……………………………… 179

The Journal, Saturday, 7/29

Hey Folks,

Well, the good new is, the intensive will go. We have four hearty souls signed up. There are four slots left. If anyone else wants in and you’re local, email me. (Please don’t fly in, etc. No need. If this goes as well as I expect, I’ll put it on audio later and make it available for sale to the public at something of a discount.)

***

I went to bed and read for about an hour last night (Raymond Chandler stuff, of Philip Marlowe fame). Then some moron got his vehicle stuck on the dirt road that leads to the highway.

He revved and revved and revved and revved etc. ad nauseam because, apparently, that’s all he knew to do. When that surprisingly didn’t automatically levitate him out of the mud, he laid on his horn several times.

Someone eventually pulled the guy out, but only after the kid (I assume) wore the rubber off all four tires and stressed his engine trying to throw mud from here to Deming, New Mexico.

This is in the midst of a fairly heavy rain during which we got almost a half-inch in about an hour.

In the midst of the same rain, the city fathers or mothers or whatever of St. David decided it would be the perfect night to set off July 4th fireworks. Yeah. Twenty-four days late, at around 8 p.m. in a driving rain.

Of course, all of that got me out of bed. I was annoyed. So here I am. Finally to bed around 11.

Today, and Writing

Got up a little late this morning. Mona had to drive back to Sierra Vista but I opted to stay here. Did a little of what all guys do when we’re left to our own devices — yard work — then came in to cool off.

Around 11 I started back on the novel. One more major mess to straighten out from a new twist the characters tossed at me while I was on the road.

But I’m also in the area where the novel will end. Probably another 6000 to 8000 words or so.

It dawns on me, this will be either my 26th novel or my 5th novella. Weird.

I worked through the final (so far) big twist. It took a couple of hours, but it worked out much more quickly and smoothly than I expected. That was a relief. Finally I got to write some brand new stuff. (grin)

But not a lot. Eyes gave out.

Back tomorrow.

Of Interest

Nothing today.

Fiction Words: 653
Nonfiction Words: 430 (Journal)
So total words for the day: 1083

Writing of Graham’s Road (tentative title, novel or novella)

Words brought forward…… 1070
Day 1…… 3012 words. Total words to date…… 4082
Day 2…… 2675 words. Total words to date…… 6757
Day 3…… 2181 words. Total words to date…… 8938
Day 4…… 4913 words. Total words to date…… 13851
Day 5…… 2543 words. Total words to date…… 16394
Day 6…… 1207 words. Total words to date…… 17601
Day 7…… 0816 words. Total words to date…… 18417
Day 8…… 0869 words. Total words to date…… 19286
Day 9…… 0503 words. Total words to date…… 19789
Day 10… 0761 words. Total words to date…… 20550
Day 11… 0653 words. Total words to date…… 21203

Total fiction words for the month……… 25021
Total fiction words for the year………… 362978
Total nonfiction words for the month… 11280
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 119110
Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 482008

The Daily Journal blog streak……………………………………… 611 days
Calendar Year 2017 Novel Goal (15 novels or novellas)………………… 7 novels or novellas
Novels (since Oct 19, 2014)………………………………………… 25
Novellas (since Nov 1, 2015)……………………………………… 4
Short stories (since Apr 15, 2014)……………………………… 179

The Journal, Friday, 7/28

Hey Folks,

I get a lot of questions that I can answer, in general, with this one sentence:

“In storytelling, no single aspect is more important than the ability to pull the reader into the story and keep him there.”

I’m hoping to teach an intensive on how exactly to do that in the near future. The intensive will be geared for no more than 8 attendees. Two writers are already signed up.

I’ll cover

  • Openings,
  • Hooks,
  • Grounding the Reader in the Story,
  • Physical and Emotional Cliffhangers, and
  • Pacing.

Given time, I’ll talk a little about Endings as well.

The intensive will begin at 10 a.m. and run through about 4 p.m. It will be in St. David, Arizona. The cost will be $100.

After spending a few hours wrangling with writers via email (grin), I’m letting the 2 writers who are already signed up pick the date for the intensive.

I’ll pass along the firm date as soon as they let me know. Then if at least 4 writers sign on, the class will make.

I can’t promise I’ll do this again, maybe ever. So if you’re within driving distance and you’re interested, let me know.

Today, and Writing

Got up early (on time, for me) and put together the beginnings of the intensive I’m planning to teach. Information above.

Today is the third to the last vacation day for Mona, so whatever she wants to do is the priority. But I’ll write at least a little today. (grin)

Opened the story at 8:30 a.m. Went to Sierra Vista on a shopping trip at 9 a.m. (grin)

Back at the story after a long session of email, and realized today will be another cycling, cleaning, straightening day on the story. Sigh. A character came up with a new twist, and of course it has to be worked in through the whole book.

But I’m determined this will be the last day for that. Beginning tomorrow I’ll be powering through the rest of the story to the end.

Well, determined or not, I’ll have one more partial day of cycling. This thing is really twisted. 🙂 So tomorrow will be cycling and writing.

Back tomorrow.

Of Interest

Via The Passive Voice, see “Your Book Needs These 6 Psychological Ingredients” at http://www.thepassivevoice.com/2017/07/your-book-needs-these-6-psychological-ingredients/. He links from there to the full article.

DWS talks on a podcast about being a prolific writer. Check it out at https://www.theprolificwriter.net/episode-33-dean-wesley-smith-on-the-myths-of-writing-and-publishing/.

If you’re a writer of SF or Fantasy, see Nate Hoffelder’s post on a prestigious new fan-based award at https://the-digital-reader.com/2017/07/27/voting-fan-choice-dragon-awards-ends-28-august/.

You can find more information at http://awards.dragoncon.org/faq/candidate-faq/.

Fiction Words: 761
Nonfiction Words: 410 (Journal)
So total words for the day: 1171

Writing of Graham’s Road (tentative title, novel or novella)

Words brought forward…… 1070
Day 1…… 3012 words. Total words to date…… 4082
Day 2…… 2675 words. Total words to date…… 6757
Day 3…… 2181 words. Total words to date…… 8938
Day 4…… 4913 words. Total words to date…… 13851
Day 5…… 2543 words. Total words to date…… 16394
Day 6…… 1207 words. Total words to date…… 17601
Day 7…… 0816 words. Total words to date…… 18417
Day 8…… 0869 words. Total words to date…… 19286
Day 9…… 0503 words. Total words to date…… 19789
Day 10… 0761 words. Total words to date…… 20550

Total fiction words for the month……… 24368
Total fiction words for the year………… 362325
Total nonfiction words for the month… 10850
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 118680
Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 481005

The Daily Journal blog streak……………………………………… 610 days
Calendar Year 2017 Novel Goal (15 novels or novellas)………………… 7 novels or novellas
Novels (since Oct 19, 2014)………………………………………… 25
Novellas (since Nov 1, 2015)……………………………………… 4
Short stories (since Apr 15, 2014)……………………………… 179

The Journal, Thursday, 7/27

Hey Folks,

If you’re into Orwellian stuff, it’s on the increase around us pretty much day by day. For one more than excellent example of DoubleSpeak, see today’s “Of Interest.”

Today, and Writing

Just a travel day today. I got up really late (for me) so no writing even for an hour or so this morning. There’s a chance I could write after we get home, but I’ll just call this a non-writing day.

IF I’m home early enough to write and IF I write, I’ll update this before it actually posts. Otherwise, back tomorrow.

Nope. No writing today. Too pooped. See you tomorrow.

Of Interest

If you still use the airlines, see “New TSA Rules Require Separate Screenings for Your iPad, Kindle, Kobo, and Other Tablets and eReaders” at https://the-digital-reader.com/2017/07/26/new-tsa-rules-require-separate-screenings-ipad-kindle-kobo-tablets-ereaders/.

Dean got a great start on his fourth novel for the month. See “Novel Four: Day One” at http://www.deanwesleysmith.com/novel-four-day-one/.

Fiction Words: XXXX
Nonfiction Words: 130 (Journal)
So total words for the day: 130

Writing of Graham’s Road (tentative title, novel or novella)

Words brought forward…… 1070
Day 1…… 3012 words. Total words to date…… 4082
Day 2…… 2675 words. Total words to date…… 6757
Day 3…… 2181 words. Total words to date…… 8938
Day 4…… 4913 words. Total words to date…… 13851
Day 5…… 2543 words. Total words to date…… 16394
Day 6…… 1207 words. Total words to date…… 17601
Day 7…… 0816 words. Total words to date…… 18417
Day 8…… 0869 words. Total words to date…… 19286
Day 9…… 0503 words. Total words to date…… 19789

Total fiction words for the month……… 23607
Total fiction words for the year………… 361564
Total nonfiction words for the month… 10440
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 118270
Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 479834

The Daily Journal blog streak……………………………………… 609 days
Calendar Year 2017 Novel Goal (15 novels or novellas)………………… 7 novels or novellas
Novels (since Oct 19, 2014)………………………………………… 25
Novellas (since Nov 1, 2015)……………………………………… 4
Short stories (since Apr 15, 2014)……………………………… 179

The Journal, Wednesday, 7/26

Hey Folks,

Had a very nice email last night and this morning from a reader and writer about a story I wrote.

Frankly, I don’t remember the story, though I recognized the title.

She wrote with a question, but was also kind enough to say the story had “amazing detail” and was “an amazing example of pacing.” Who knew? It was a great compliment and a total score. (grin)

Anyway, we’ll visit two more uncles today, then are considering having supper with another before heading back home. We miss our 4-legged babies.

We’re also considering staying one more night since the hotel is already booked and paid for. (grin) I’ll update this with the firm plan later in the day.

Today, and Writing

I started the day early, still cycling through to add a few bits of essential information (tweaking) a character discovered about the dead body from the first chapter. That might be all of the writing today, as it’s been the past two days.

Well, I ended up doing nothing but a little cycling today, clarifying details and cleaning up a twist in the story. I’ll be glad to get back to my routine.

I still feel like I’ll wrap up this novel in time.

Back tomorrow.

Of Interest

Nothing I could find.

Fiction Words: 503
Nonfiction Words: 210 (Journal)
So total words for the day: 713

Writing of Graham’s Road (tentative title, novel or novella)

Words brought forward…… 1070
Day 1…… 3012 words. Total words to date…… 4082
Day 2…… 2675 words. Total words to date…… 6757
Day 3…… 2181 words. Total words to date…… 8938
Day 4…… 4913 words. Total words to date…… 13851
Day 5…… 2543 words. Total words to date…… 16394
Day 6…… 1207 words. Total words to date…… 17601
Day 7…… 0816 words. Total words to date…… 18417
Day 8…… 0869 words. Total words to date…… 19286
Day 9…… 0503 words. Total words to date…… 19789

Total fiction words for the month……… 23607
Total fiction words for the year………… 361564
Total nonfiction words for the month… 10310
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 118140
Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 479704

The Daily Journal blog streak……………………………………… 608 days
Calendar Year 2017 Novel Goal (15 novels or novellas)………………… 7 novels or novellas
Novels (since Oct 19, 2014)………………………………………… 25
Novellas (since Nov 1, 2015)……………………………………… 4
Short stories (since Apr 15, 2014)……………………………… 179