• Challenge,  On Writing,  publishing,  workshops

    September Workshops Now Available

    Including new Applied Depth Workshop Yes, Applied Depth as been added to the Lifetime Workshop Subscription. And yes, just sign up for any of them on Teachable. Depth in Writing workshop is required to take the Applied Depth, plus it is suggested to take the Advanced Depth workshop before as well. Applied Depth Workshop takes the concepts of Basic Depth and then applies those concepts to all the major genres. Openings of stories and novels are different from genre to genre. And yes, basic depth tends to work, but there are techniques for each genre, reader expectations of opening for each genre, that will help you get readers of a…

  • Challenge,  On Writing,  workshops

    Study Along Classes Added to Teachable

    All Six In-Person Workshops Now Have a Study Along Part… And all are available now. And I have added all six to the Lifetime Study Along as well. SCHEDULE FOR 2023 In Person and Study Along Classes… Here are the lists and dates for 2023 and January 2024. Everyone wanted these announced early, so planning trips for next year was possible. Some of these will fill now that we are getting away from the pandemic issues because we are only taking 15 writers per class. So don’t hesitate too long. Plus, remember, the price right now is $750 for the in-person classes. That price goes up to $1,000 on September…

  • Challenge,  On Writing,  workshops

    More On In-Person Workshops…

    All Set Up… And Getting Sign-Ups… So I figured I would mention a few things. First off, here in Vegas the Covid statistics are very low, in the moderate range and are dropping steadily. No masks required anywhere. In the entire state there are just over a hundred people in the hospital, all of them not vaccinated and most of them older and up north where the non-vax folks live. All of them have other conditions as well. But even so, we are still going to require for all of 2023 workshops that everyone attending an in-person workshop must have proof of vaccination and boosters. No exceptions. Do not make…

  • Challenge,  On Writing,  workshops

    Announcing New Advanced In-Person Craft Workshops

    Workshops Are Here In Las Vegas… All these workshops are advanced craft focused. You will be doing a lot of writing while here. And each workshop, similar to this year, will be two-genre focused. And each will have a Study-Along class going on at the same time online on Teachable. And each will be followed by a novella challenge class to do a novella in two weeks on the workshop topic. (You must have taken either the in-person or the study-along to take the novella.) DETAILS… Workshops always start Monday morning and end Thursday by noon. So you fly in on Sunday and out on Thursday or Friday. Workshops are…

  • Challenge,  motivation,  On Writing

    Heinlein’s Rules

    Just Finished Recording the Last Week… Heinlein’s Rules workshop was an eye-opener again for me. By teaching the rules this way, talking about aspects of each rule for six weeks, I could start to see the beauty in the simplicity of the rules and why they boil this incredibly complex business down to such a simple foundation. And why Heinlein called them “Business Rules.” They really are business rules. And motivational rules. And thinning-the-herd rules. I was so lucky to stumble on them in the fall of 1981 and decide to just do them without missing starting January 1st 1982. Over 40 years ago… (yikes) I would have been thinned…

  • Challenge,  On Writing

    A Streak Without Desire

    How to Get Through a Streak Lull. As I said back a week ago, I have been doing this blog for ten straight years, without missing a night. But truth of the matter, I sometimes had no desire to write anything and nothing I felt was worth writing about. And if you are doing a writing streak, that will happen as well. Just the brain says, “Nope.” Not a block or anything silly like that, just a lack of motivation at that moment in time. So how do you get through that? Write a line, then another line, then another until you hit your streak goal. They do not have…

  • Challenge,  Fun Stuff,  On Writing

    Blog 3,650 In A Row…

    Without a Miss!!! That’s right, I have had a blog up here of one type or another every day for ten straight years, as of today, August 1st. No computer crash (three or four), no power outage (dozens and dozens), no sickness (one night in a hospital), and no moves (3 major moves) caused me to miss a day in ten straight years. That is flat pure luck. And a lot of help from Kris who nightly asks me if I have my blog done. Thank you! During the ten years blogging, I wrote eight or nine non-fiction writing books here as a chapter per blog post, plus started three…

  • Challenge,  On Writing,  publishing,  workshops

    Workshop Sale’s Last Few Hours

    I’m Writing This Sunday Afternoon… Workshop half-price sale of everything on WMG Teachable is about over. It is supposed to end late tonight, but I had two people write me who said they were traveling and could I hold it open until they got back to their computers Monday morning early. I said yes, so I am telling everyone. So instead of ending tonight late it will go through noon Monday. To get the half price on anything, simply hit purchase on what you want, then on the next page put in the code: JulyRegularSale Then hit apply and you should have it half off. See yesterday’s post for the…

  • Challenge,  On Writing,  publishing,  workshops

    Hidden Gems In the Workshop Sale

    So Many To Pick From… So with Kris’s help, I figured I would put a few up here that you can get for half price that are great, great deals. And hidden for the most part. SERIES INTERVIEWS… I interviewed Kris about ten of her series first stories or books. Trust me, more about writing, publishing, and writing series in these 40 videos than you can imagine. This is a stunning deal at full price, but at half price, it is amazing. BUY THREE… You can get 3 regular workshop credits, 3 pop-up credits, 3 classic workshop credits, or three lecture credits to use at any time into the future.…

  • Challenge,  On Writing,  workshops

    Workshop Curriculum 8/1/2022

    Updating in Parts… I have not updated the curriculum for all the workshops in a very long time. So I am going to do that here at the same time as I do it on the curriculum page. I figured that since there is a sale going on this week, this would be the time to do this. Remember (last two posts), the sale runs through Sunday late and to get anything on Teachable at half price, including lifetime subscriptions, just hit purchase of the class you want and then use the code: JulyRegularSale Starting off with craft courses in the regular and classic workshops. I will follow in the…