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First Day


As expected, knowing I was going to get started today on the run up to ground effect writing, I gave the writing more attention, meaning I actually thought about it during the day.

And between now and the end of August, I will go back to detailing out the day as I have done at times in the past. Skip it if it bores you.


The Day

Made it through a bunch of errands starting at 1 p.m. and then to the regular Wednesday meeting by 2:30 p.m. That lasted until 5:30, but good stuff happening.

Then I worked upstairs for about two hours, including two trips to the store for things I needed up there.

Home by 7:30 p.m. to take a quick nap and then cook dinner.

Back in here to do e-mail by 9:30 p.m. and also did laundry tonight. And read Kris’s new blog, which is now up. It is another real stunner.

Got to the writing finally around 11 p.m.

I did 1,050 words by midnight, went and watched an episode of Daredevil and some news, then back in here writing by 2 a.m.

Another session of 1,100 words by 3:15 a.m.

Short five minute break, back to do another 1,000 words.

So a total of 3,150 words. Just over my minimum goal for the day. Success.

For a time I thought the novel would end short, which I was fine with. But then where I thought the ending was, I added another chapter headed, said basically “one year later” and kept typing.

No clue why. The book sort of felt finished, but clearly it wasn’t. Go figure.

About 6.5 hours of working, about 3.5 hours of writing. The rest eating, watching television, and so on.


Writing Bundle

Folks, I am in a great bundle at the moment with two of my writing books. Also in the bundle is a book I recommended here, Lawrence Block’s classic writing book, updated.

You want to help yourself fight off the time of great forgetting, this bundle is a perfect way to do that. Grab it and set yourself a goal to read one a week. Even if you don’t end up writing much, trust me, it will keep your mind focused on the writing and when you get through these two months, you’ll find restarting a ton easier.

Get it at



Online Workshops Start Monday!!!

Still lots of room in all of them except short story. That only has one spot left as of tonight. I worked on them over the last few days to get them ready. And recording the first Teams week tomorrow.

All details at

Class #51… June 6th … The Business of Writing
Class #52… June 6th … Character Voice/Setting
Class #53… June 6th … Author Voice
Class #54… June 6th … Ideas into Stories
Class #55… June 7th … Teams in Fiction
Class #56… June 7th … Depth in Writing
Class #57… June 7th … Plotting With Depth
Class #58… June 8th … Writing Fiction Sales Copy
Class #59… June 8th … Writing and Selling Short Stories (one spot left)
Class #60… June 8th … Advanced Depth

Classic Workshops and Lectures are also available at any time.


The Writing of Death Takes a Partner: A Mary Jo Assassin Novel

Day 1.. 2,100 words.   Total words so far… 2,100 words.
Day 2.. 4,400 words.  Total words so far… 6,500 words.
Day 3.. 4,200 words.  Total words so far… 10,700 words.
Day 4.. 2,150 words.  Total words so far… 12,850 words.
Day 5.. 2,200 words.  Total words so far… 15,500 words.
Day 6.. 2,050 words.  Total words so far… 17,550 words.
Day 7.. 3,200 words.  Total words so far… 20,750 words.
Day 8.. 3,150 words.  Total words so far… 23,90 words.

(Thirty days off between day six and day seven, then five more days away between Day 7 and 8.)


Totals For Year 3, Month 11, Day 1

Writing in Public blog streak… Day 987

(Totals start over as normal)

— Daily Fiction: 3,150 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 3,1,50 words  

— Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 00 words 

— Blog Posts: 500 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 500 words

— E-mail: 9 e-mails. Approx. 600 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 9 e-mails. Approx. 600 words

— Covers Designed and Finished: 0. Covers finished month-to-date: 0 Covers


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One Comment

  • Stefon Mears

    Wow, that bundle is good. I’m deep in The Writer’s Business Plan right now and it’s absolutely eye-opening. This is one of those books I’ll keep coming back to, I know it. In fact, I hope Tonya Price puts out a paper edition, because I’d love to have that on my shelf for ease of reference.

    And that’s just one of the books…