In today’s Journal
* Nothing today
* Topic: What I Missed
* Oh, the rough night?
* Of Interest
* The numbers
Nothing today other than the topic below and whatever’s in Of Interest. Had a rough night last night.
Topic: What I Missed
There are two key parts to this topic: preparation and confidence in one’s self and one’s abilities. Naturally, the former fuels the latter. If you are appropriately prepared, you have more confidence in what you do. More confidence that you will be successful.
Preparation is key. Anyone who’s ever taken an exam in school understands that studying and learning, not cramming, constitutes true, valuable preparation.
I forgot that, apparently, with regard to my recent interview for The Prolific Writer podcast. And the interview (in my opinion) suffered as a result.
I got flustered. I rambled. A lot. I forgot things.
And I have no excuse. None. Ryan J. Pelton, the gracious host, sent me some questions a week or so in advance, ostensibly to help me prepare.
And I did, to some degree. I copied and pasted the questions from his email into a Notepad document, then wrote out my responses. One by one. In order.
So I thought I was prepared. I thought I’d studied.
But I didn’t. I crammed.
When I called in to the show for the interview, Ryan first talked with me briefly as if to put me at ease.
No problem there, of course. As you all know, I’m an old hand at running my gums and I know the subject matter. It never dawned on me to ask him whether he would ask the questions in the same order as those he’d sent me via email.
And he didn’t. Not only did he not ask the questions in the same order, but he even omitted a couple.
Oh-oh. I got flustered. I was rattled.
Ryan calmly asked his questions, but as a result of my flustration (that’s a word now), I frantically searched through my list of questions and responses. So the interview, which I suspect (and hope) he will somehow repair during editing, is a rambling, loosely woven series of responses that (I’m afraid) blatantly reflects my lack of preparation.
The only thing worse than not being prepared is having your readers (or in this case, listeners) recognize your lack of preparation.
Of course, if you listen to the podcast when it goes live in a few weeks, your mileage might vary. It does contain a few things that I haven’t talked about before. Or at least I think it does. So you might actually find a gem or two among the weeds of blathering verbiage.
At least, that is my hope. But either way, the thing is out there now. I can’t pull it back. When Ryan sends the link to the live podcast, I’ll report it here and let you be the judge.
As to what I missed… Ryan didn’t ask about where I write. If he had, I’d have talked a little about the Hovel and having a dedicated writing computer (no or only sporadic Internet, no games, etc.).
He DID ask about my current project and where readers could find my books. But I completely spaced the part about my current project (Book 7 of the Blackwell Ops series), but I went on seemingly forever about StoneThreadPublishing, discounted direct sales to readers, my other two websites, and the fact that I go wide with my publishing rather than going exclusive with any one store.
Which brings me to the second part of this topic—Confidence, or maybe Preparation Breeds Confidence—which will appear both here and over in PWW in the near future.
I didn’t truly prepare for the podcast, and I suspect my lack of confidence is illustrated above. Thank goodness that isn’t my norm as a writer.
Oh, the rough night? I was awakened by one of those dogs who barks at absolutely nothing. And he kept barking until I finally walked across the street, opened the neighbor’s front door (the neighbor was home, by the way) and let the stupid dog in so he would shut the hell up.
Then, of course, I was awake (after a half-hour’s sleep) and couldn’t go back to sleep. So as I said, a rough night. Today I’ll do nothing but attempt to not chew the head off anyone I talk to.
Talk with you again later.
See “Interesting Discussion (Strangely Enough, With a Book Agent) at https://www.deanwesleysmith.com/interesting-discussion/. Wow. This is a great checklist if you want to get a literary agent.
I’ll never need this list, but to each his own. If you want an agent, I strongly recommend this list, and remember that the agent works for YOU, not the other way around. You’ll certainly be paying her enough to dictate terms.
If you’d care to see a truly ignorant post that you can read and then print out (so you can carry it out in the yard and burn it), see “How Long Does It Take To Write a Book?” at https://blog.reedsy.com/how-long-does-it-take-to-write-a-book/. I’d love to be able to say I’ve never seen such a crock of crap, but unfortunately I see it all the time.
Just one stupid quote from the article as an example: “But if you’re writing a typical novel (50,000 words or more) on a typical schedule (a few hours of writing per week), you’ll likely fall somewhere in that 6-to-12-month range.”
Seriously? (Yet isn’t it amazing that if you write two 50,000 word novels in a year you’re considered “prolific”?) Wow.
Finally, for a great “feel good” post, see “Help Wanted: Butler. References needed. Livery opt.” at https://prowriterswriting.com/help-wanted-butler-references-needed-livery-opt/.
Total fiction words for the month……… 5578
Total fiction words for the year………… 380231
Total nonfiction words for the month… 14460
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 261170
Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 641401
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