The Journal, Saturday, 10/21

Hey Folks,

Well, I spent much of the morning on the Jerry Jenkins website I told you about yesterday.

Here are my recommendations:

— take advantage of the free giveaway for signing up for his newsletter. You can always unsubscribe later.
— take advantage (with a grain of salt, as always) of the appropriate blog posts and other items listed on his Resources page.
— take advantage of his blog, which I finally found at https://www.jerryjenkins.com/blog/.
— be careful of spending money. Like many of these sites, it exists primarily to upsell you on other products.
— avoid getting a Writers Guild membership. It does NOT include any of the courses on the site. The Writers Guild is basically a forum in which you can glean advice from people who have zero or very little idea what they’re talking about. So caution there.
— before you shell out the bucks for any of the courses, be sure to read the course description.

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I also rediscovered Chris Fox’s website (see “Of Interest”). I ordered his ebook, 5,000 Words Per Hour: Write Faster, Write Smarter. Mostly out of curiosity. (You can get it free at his site for signing up for his nonfiction newsletter, but I didn’t want to sign up. Besides, it was only $1.20 at Amazon.)

I thought I might write today, but that’s not going to happen. Not just yet.
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However, reading roughly half of 5,000 Words Per Hour reminded me of several things I used to do back when I was being very productive. It also encouraged me to begin doing them again.

Chief among those things was having a dedicated writing space. That consists of not only a physical location, but a dedicated computer and chair so that when I approach that computer and that chair in that location my subconscious knows it’s time to play.

Mr. Fox, I and others espouse that theorum, and I know it to be true at least in my own case because it worked so well for me for so long.

So I spent part of the afternoon prepping a new place. It isn’t The Adobe Hovel. Then again, it doesn’t harbor scorpions and burrowing animals and things that bite sandaled toes beneath the desk.

I’m not promising myself when I will begin writing fiction again, but when the urge hits, the place will be there. Onward.

Back tomorrow.

Of Interest

See “Introducing the Smart Author Podcast” at http://blog.smashwords.com/2017/10/smart-author-podcast.html.

“When You’ve Lost Your Passion for Writing” at https://www.jerryjenkins.com/youve-lost-passion-writing/. A couple of good tidbits and some things I didn’t know.

I kind of like Chris Fox’s style. Stop by and take a look at http://www.chrisfoxwrites.com/. Especially check out the menu items on his For Writers tab.

Fiction Words: XXXX
Nonfiction Words: 440 (Journal)
So total words for the day: 440

Writing of Pulp Novel 5 (a Stern Richards novel)

Day 1…… 1080 words. Total words to date…… 1080
Day 2…… 2167 words. Total words to date…… 3247
Day 3…… 1370 words. Total words to date…… 4617
Day 4…… 1840 words. Total words to date…… 6457
Day 5…… 1193 words. Total words to date…… 7650
Day 6…… 1407 words. Total words to date…… 9057
Day 7…… 1180 words. Total words to date…… 10237
Day 8…… XXXX words. Total words to date…… XXXXX

Total fiction words for the month……… 12462
Total fiction words for the year………… 446608
Total nonfiction words for the month… 10840
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 163523
Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 610131

The Daily Journal blog streak……………………………………… 691 days
Calendar Year 2017 Novels to Date………………………… 9
Novels (since Oct 19, 2014)………………………………………… 27
Novellas (since Nov 1, 2015)……………………………………… 4
Short stories (since Apr 15, 2014)……………………………… 182

The Journal, Wednesday, 7/19

Hey Folks,

Hemingway has long been my major influence in my writing. The man just has a way with terse sentences, regardless of their length.

I need to read some of his stuff. I thought I had most of his works, so I checked. I have his Complete Short Stories: The Finca Vigia Edition in both paper and ebook, and I’ve read it through several times.

I also have a few of his novels. A few. My library was sorely lacking in that regard.

Yesterday I did a quick inventory, then sat down and ordered The Old Man and the Sea, To Have and Have Not, The Sun Also Rises, A Farewell to Arms, and Green Hills of Africa.

Yeah, it was THAT lacking.

I wanted them all in Kindle, but that was not to be. TradPubs jack their ebook prices so high (with practically zero overhead) that it’s MUCH less expensive to buy paper. So I bought paper.

For beautiful, poetic prose I call upon Isabel Allende. (Octavio Paz and Gabriel Garcia Márquez are close seconds, but nothing makes music like Allende’s prose.)

But for terse, tight, attention-grabbing, non-lulling stuff, I always go back to Hemingway. Everybody else whose work I like at all comes in at a medium to distant second. James Lee Burke is right up there too.

Today, and Writing

Got out to the Hovel a little earlier today. The story keeps sticking, probably because of the two major plot lines that are running through it. (grin)

But it keeps moving forward, albeit in bits and spurts, so I’ll take it.

Back tomorrow.

Of Interest

See Dean’s “Novel Three: Day Two,” a really good post, at http://www.deanwesleysmith.com/novel-three-day-two/. (Note too that he has a new bundle out, a really good one if you’re an SF binge reader. I’m a little annoyed that he chose not to promote the Guns of the West bundle.)

From his post, I encourage you to browse The Prolific Writer at http://www.theprolificwriter.net/. Some gems, some not so good things. You decide. I also added this as a link to Writers’ Resources over on the big site.

If you’d like to see a great author website, check out Chris Fox Writes at http://www.chrisfoxwrites.com/.

See “In Praise of the Alphasmart Neo” at https://the-digital-reader.com/2015/11/13/in-praise-of-the-alphasmart-neo/. (But this is exactly why I have a dedicated writing computer. You don’t HAVE to connect to the Internet.)

Fiction Words: 2181
Nonfiction Words: 400 (Journal)
So total words for the day: 2581

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

Total fiction words for the month……… 12756
Total fiction words for the year………… 350713
Total nonfiction words for the month… 7930
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 115760
Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 466473

The Daily Journal blog streak……………………………………… 601 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