Doing a Lot of Reading…
At the moment I am finishing up novel after novel for the novel challenge that a number of writers signed up for. Everyone is doing great, getting more than they would have, they tell me.
The challenge goes to the end of this month. I have not sent back many replies yet because I didn’t want my words in any writer’s head. But now, with two weeks to go, I will start sending out the ones I have finished over the next few days. I figure if the writer’s are going to make it, they are already mostly there.
I still have a number of short stories to read from the short story challenge, but not that many and I will finish that up as well in the next week.
I am enjoying reading all the work, to be honest. I am not a copyeditor, just a first reader, and even that I am not that good at because the point of this challenge wasn’t so much to get feedback from me but to see if the writer could either finish three novels in three months or 30 stories in 30 days or 60 days.
As a first reader, I am telling the writers if their story caught me as a reader and if there was anything they could work on in future stories. I don’t really do much, in most cases, to help anyone “fix” anything because I don’t want to be in their work. But I can help writers learn stuff for the next novel or story.
And every short story writer who signed up ended up getting the two online workshops for the work. Well done!
So it has been great fun. A number of people asked me if I would do it again since they missed it in April when I announced both challenges. Answer is “Maybe.” We will see when I get done with the last of the reading.
But honestly, this has been wonderful fun and I have read some fantastic stories and novels. So just “Maybe with a lean toward Possible.”
A fun way to be challenged and get a couple of online workshops in the process and fun for me as well.
SEPTEMBER ONLINE WORKSHOPS…
All have openings at the moment. Information at
Any questions at all, feel free to write me. And if you are confused as to which workshop to take first, we have a full curriculum posted on its own page. I will be updating the curriculum in September adding in the new workshops.
Class #25… Sept 5th … Depth #3: Research
Class #26… Sept 5th … Writing into the Dark
Class #27… Sept 5th … Business
Class #28… Sept 5th … Endings
Class #29… Sept 5th … Writing Fiction Sales Copy
Class #30… Sept 5th … Writing and Selling Short Stories
Class #31… Sept 6th … Depth in Writing
Class #32… Sept 6th … Advanced Character and Dialog
Class #33… Sept 6th … Cliffhangers
Class #34… Sept 6th … Pacing Your Novel
Class #35… Sept 6th … How to Edit Your Own Work
Class #36… Sept 6th … Writing Fantasy
Writing into the Dark is a new workshop starting in September.
THE UNIVERSE BETWEEN BUNDLE
I curated this bundle and I had great fun with it.
I loved living in that middle ground. All my writing falls in the middle ground between two places. Every story. Some more obviously than others, but without a doubt, every story or novel that I write, or every book or magazine I edit, falls in the “between” place.
This bundle not only helps a fantastic charity with Ablegamers.com, but it has some stunning novels by some great writers.
And it has an entire volume of Fiction River. A lot of short stories in there as well.
Give this one a look, folks. I think you will be very happy you did.