In today’s Journal
* Quote of the Day
* Announcement: Priorities and Time Management
* Daily Diary
* Of Interest
* The numbers
Quote of the Day
“Writing advice? Put your writerly faith in Heinlein’s Rules, in yourself, and most importantly, in your characters. The characters, not you, are living the story. Instead of attempting to control them from an authorial ivory tower, roll off the parapet into the trenches of the story and run through it with them. Have fun! Record what happens and what the characters say and do. They will lead you through to the end, and you will enjoy the journey.” Harvey Stanbrough
UPDATE: A QUICK ADDITION: Chris Ridge forwarded me a fun short story challenge, so I popped back in here and added it. See https://storyaday.org/ for information. (Thanks, Chris.)
Announcement: Priorities and Time Management
I kind of foreshadowed this announcement on August 12 and 13.
As I mentioned back then, I’ve been feeling a little overwhelmed for awhile now. You know, like if you stand on the beach at Santa Monica in the direct path of a tidal wave, you might feel a ‘little moisture’. (grin)
So for the past couple of weeks, I’ve been considering options. Yesterday, I decided to cut back in some areas and reset some of my priorities.
As part of this change,
* I’ll be posting to the Journal less often (more on this later), and
* I’ll be taking on fewer mentoring students. (Arrangements with current mentoring students won’t be affected at all.) If anyone else wants in before I shutter the doors, visit https://harveystanbrough.com/pro-writers/mentoring/ for details, then email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This change is partly because my health is looking up. In early October I’ll receive an injection that will enable me to hike and walk long distances again, which will put me in even better health.
Some things will remain the same:
* I’ll get back to writing fiction every day when I’m home (see below), and
* I’ll continue to design my own covers and publish as necessary.
But there are other professional considerations that have taken a back seat, mostly to publishing the Journal every day:
* Three licensing ideas I want to put together for Wes Crowley (the IP that is the character, not the series).
* Two licensing ideas (so far) for my Blackwell Ops series, plus finishing my WIP.
* Get at least a few issues of the Stanbrough Monthly Reader put together and available for prepublication ordering of single issues and/or a subscription. After all, the SMR won’t help find me any new readers if it’s languishing in the Someday section of my mind. With this new focus, I hope to launch the first issue on December 1 or sooner.
* I want to get back to writing short stories, and I already have ideas for at least three new novels. I still have to work out details on what to write next, but I’m not complaining. I just need eight arms and three more writing ‘puters. (grin)
* And I’m very much a student of licensing, about which I know almost nothing beyond the basics and how excited I am about it. So that learning process will be ongoing.
And there are personal considerations:
* I’ll add walking back into my daily routine. The health thing.
* I’m a pretty good photographer. I want to create photos for art, my own book covers and other licensing needs. That will require some travel.
* I also enjoy camping and fishing, so now and then maybe I’ll spend a day doing nothing writerly at all.
Earlier, I mentioned I’ll be posting to the Journal less often.
On average, writing and posting the Journal takes two to three hours. Per day. Every day. With everything else I want to do, that’s become too much.
I’ll still post here when I have an important topic to share. For example as I make headway on some of the former back-burner items above, or as I learn new things I’m able to pass along. And I’ll still report my journey as a writer when I do post here (both successes and failures).
No need to continue my daily word-count report. (I’ll still keep that on my spreadsheet.) I’ll leave my current WIP and my monthly and annual counts below and update them when I post here.
Obviously the “Of Interest” section will largely (if not completely) go away, but I’ll probably still check the same sites for myself every day or so. I encourage you to check them as well or sign up for them if they have that option.
Here’s a handy list for you. I didn’t want to add so many links. You can copy/paste these into your browser. Note: When you visit some of these sites, take along a salt shaker. Some of these folks are still strongly mired in the writing myths.
Konrath and Gaiman come and go. They’re probably busy writing at the moment (grin), but it takes only a second or two to check every day just in case they’re back.
Finally, if you haven’t, I also urge you to sign up for Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s Patreon page. You can find it. You’ll get a vast amount of knowledge for only $5 per month. Failing that, at least check her Business Musings blog regularly at https://kriswrites.com (or you can subscribe).
Okay, that’s all for now. Thank you for being along on this journey. I’ll talk with you again before too long.
See “How to Write a Page Turner: Master the 7 Rules of the Cliffhanger” at https://annerallen.com/2019/08/7-rules-cliffhanger/. This is an excellent and very important post.
See “How to Set a Scene” at http://prowriterswriting.com/how-to-set-a-scene/.
See “Just Hit 100 Backers!” at https://www.deanwesleysmith.com/just-hit-100-backers/.
See “A Real-Life Monster Will Soon Walk Free” at https://killzoneblog.com/2019/08/a-real-life-monster-will-soon-walk-free.html. Warning: Not for the squeamish.
Writing of Blackwell Ops 7: Glynn Marco (novel)
Day 8…… 1253 words. Total words to date…… 15916
Total fiction words for the month……… 15916
Total fiction words for the year………… 374653
Total nonfiction words for the month… 25650
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 243720
Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 618373
Calendar Year 2019 Novels to Date…………………… 7
Calendar Year 2019 Novellas to Date……………… 1
Calendar Year 2019 Short Stories to Date… 2
Novels (since Oct 19, 2014)…………………………………… 43
Novellas (since Nov 1, 2015)………………………………… 8
Short stories (since Apr 15, 2014)………………… 195
Short story collections……………………………………………… 31