Challenge,  On Writing,  publishing

Fourth Story Finished Sort of…

Well, that was fun…

Worked on the fourth short story. It is as done as it will get at this point because as I was going along it suddenly became very clear to me that this story would be a novel. So I pretended to wrap it up and just call it done, but not showing it to anyone.

A very future novel. See below


The Day…

Got up to WMG by 2 p.m. and worked on a new project we will announce shortly. Totally nuts, but in a good way I hope.

Also took a long walk to get steps.

Then home to cook dinner and do the assignments for the workshops.

Then off to watch The Voice.

Pretty much the same as yesterday.

Back here around 2 a.m. and I went for my sheets of half-titles to get started. I found a half title from an old magazine. “A Nice Place…”  I smashed it against a half title from another magazine… “for Murder.” Typed in the title “A Nice Place for Murder.”

I knew almost instantly with that title it was a Mary Jo Assassin story.

I wrote about seven hundred words, but it was going slow, so I took a break at 3 a.m.

Went back to it, cycled back up and did another 1,o00 words before 4 a.m. It was still going slow and it was at that point I realized the thing would be a novel.

No idea what the novel will be about, but I expected this in this challenge.

So I wrote one more paragraph just for this challenge to pretend it ended (I will take that off when I write the novel) and then came to do this. As a short story, unless I can come up with a better wrap, it will never see the light of day. But it will be the start of the novel by the same name.

At least I got a short story done tonight.

The story I wrote last night will also be a novel in the Seeders Universe, but it worked as a short story. Got lucky there.

So now on my white board I have three novel starts. Tombstone Cliff: A Thunder Mountain Novel, A Deal at the End of Time: A Seeders Universe Novel, and now A Nice Place for Murder: A Mary Jo Assassin Novel.

Hot damn, this is fun.


Strengths Workshops

Still working on finishing up the last two. They seem to be going well from Kris and my viewpoint. Information under the Strengths Workshop tab above. Any questions, feel free to write me.


April ONLINE Workshops Last Call!!

All April workshops have spots open.  Everyone signed up should have gotten the first letters.

ALSO, the workshop schedule through August is now posted. You can sign up ahead for any workshop you want through August.

So for information on how to sign up, go to…

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.

Class #31… Apr 4th … Writing Thrillers
Class #32… Apr 4th … Point of View
Class #33… Apr 4th … Writing Mysteries
Class #34… Apr 4th … Speed
Class #35… Apr 4th … Teams in Fiction
Class #36… Apr 5th … Depth in Writing
Class #37… Apr 5th … Expectations (Writing on the Rails)
Class #38… Apr 5th … Character Development
Class #39… Apr 5th … Writing Secondary Plot Lines
Class #40… Apr 5th … Advanced Depth


Tracking Running… April 4th, 2017
4 miles. No running.
Weight 194. (Goal 170)
Month to date distance: 17 miles

Tracking Word Counts… April 4th, 2017
Totals For Year 4, Month 9, Day 4 (Year started August)
Writing in Public blog streak… Day 1,293

— Daily Fiction: 1,600 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 9,500 words  
— Nonfiction: 1,000 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 1,000 words 
— Blog Posts: 500 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 2,100 words
— E-mail: 38 e-mails. Approx. 3,200 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 126 e-mails. Approx. 10,100 words
— Short Fiction Goal: 120 stories (July 1st to June 30th). Stories to date: 12 stories.
— Novel Goal: 12 Novels. Novels finished to date: 5 novels.


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  • Mike Lawrence

    My current story did the exact same thing. Ballooned past 20K last night and will probably wind up around 30. If I trim it, I’ll kill it. But there isn’t enough to make a novel. It’s just blinking at me, going, “Yep, I’m a novella, deal with it.” A year ago, I would have tried to find ways to cut it down and stuff it into the proper word count box. Or I would have added stuff to make it into a novel. (Made that mistake with one of my books already.) But today, I know to respect the art and just leave it alone. Maybe it will sell, maybe not. Whatever. Not an Event. Dare to be Bad. All very liberating. But mostly, respect the art. It insists on being a novella this time. Well, it really can’t be anything else. The one thing I’ve learned from you Dean, and something that is lost in the avalanche of information on craft: be authentic. And that only happens when you let the story go where it wants to go, even if you don’t understand why.

    • J. D. Brink

      Well said, Mike. I, too, tend to have stuff that finishes up in the middle-length range. Not ideal for “the market” but… What are you gunna do? That’s the story!

    • J.M. Ney-Grimm

      I have more novellas in my portfolio than anything else. It just seems to be a length that my creative voice likes. It’s lucky for me that the indie world arrived when it did, because the other length my inner storyteller enjoys is the doorstopper 500-page novel. Trad pub would never have even considered my work, since it is all either too short or too long for their parameters.