Had To Happen
I Committed Novel…
I am still counting it as a short story, and will put it in the final book for this challenge if I make it to the end. But in my mind I have no doubt this does not wrap as a short story.
First off, it is paced wrong. Paced like a novel and I didn’t pay any attention until I got about 2,000 words in and went “Oh, oh…”
Second, what my devious creative voice was setting up was a great romance in my Thunder Mountain series. So I also didn’t realize I had jumped viewpoint on a break until about 2,000 words in.
Tough to hold a story short with a romance team structure and two viewpoints.
Creative voice wins the day on this one. I am counting it, but I doubt it will fly as a short story at all.
Got to the office ahead of the start of the workshop, then after the workshop, Allyson, Gwyneth, and Josh all left early to let me record workshops and I did that until after the evening fantasy workshop started.
Got home around 11 p.m. and got myself some dinner and fast-forwarded through the Voice, which the playoff format sucked. It will be better next week I am sure with the top twelve.
Then did email and got to my writing computer at 12:30 a.m.
Sat down in my writing chair with the clear intent to write a short story. For some reason the name Sage Green stuck in my head and I figured that was a cool name, so I left the title off for a change and started typing from Sage Green’s viewpoint.
Turned out she was a woman and a researcher who had found something nifty in a photo in the Idaho Wilderness. Oh, oh, a Thunder Mountain story. Those often go long. But I had time, so I kept on going.
I took a quick break at 1:30 with just over 1,200 words done. Story going along just peachy.
Then wrote until 2:30 and 2,500 words before I stopped at a break point. I am sure it is not a short story, but if it was, the point I stopped would be right. So I’m counting it for this challenge and it will be in the book, if nothing else than for an example of how the creative voice can just mess with you. (grin)
I went back and called it “Green Canyon.” Not sure why.
But damn, it’s going to be a fun novel to write.
IF YOU MISSED THE COAST WORKSHOP MOVE ANNOUNCEMENT…
All the details we have right now are in the post two below this one. Both the Master Business Class in October and the Anthology workshop will be moving to the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas. I will be contacting everyone already signed up in the next week.
Still room in both workshops. Write me with questions.
Day One… Scared Money… 2,700 words…. Total April words… 2,700 words.
Day Two… Rainbow Peak… 4,900 words…. Total April words… 7,600 words.
Day Three… A Beautiful History… 2,300 words…. Total April words… 9,900 words.
Day Four… A Song For The Old Memory… 2,050 words…. Total April words… 11,950 words.
Day Five… A Brush with Intent… 1,000 words…. Total April words… 12,950 words.
Day Six… Ghost Diet… 2,700 words…. Total April words… 15,650 words.
Day Seven… Rescue Two… 3,300 words…. Total April words… 18,950 words.
Day Eight… The Woman Who Knew The Time… 3,200 words…. Total April words… 22,150 words.
Day Nine… Long Hair Henry… 4,400 words…. Total April words… 26,550 words.
Day Ten… I’ll See You… 1,500 words…. Total April words… 28,050 words.
Day Eleven… Girl on the Bed… 2,000 words…. Total April words… 30,050 words.
Day Twelve… Everything Got Colder… 2,050 words…. Total April words… 32,100 words.
Day Thirteen… (did not write)… 00 words…. Total April words… 32,100 words.
Day Fourteen… (did not write)… 00 words…. Total April words… 32,100 words.
Day Fifteen… Old Memories… 2,700 words…. Total April words… 34,800 words.
Day Sixteen… Models’ Four.. 1,900 words…. Total April words… 36,700 words.
Day Seventeen… (did not write).. 00 words…. Total April words… 36,700 words.
Day Eighteen… (Green Canyon).. 2,500 words…. Total April words… 39,200 words.
I will get to more of these.
MAY INSIDER’S GUIDE Workshops
— Insider’s Guide to Writing Serial Fiction (2,000 word parts of a novel) (Starts May 6th)
— Insider’s Guide to Writing Detective Fiction. (Starts May 6th)
$300 each, limited to ten writers plus lifetime subscribers. One time workshops. They will not be regular. Sorry.
THESE ARE NOW ON TEACHABLE TO SIGN UP.
MAY REGULAR WORKSHOPS
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Class #49… May 1st … Depth #3: Research
Class #50… May 1st … Author Voice
Class #51… May 1st … Dialog
Class #52… May 1st … Writing into the Dark
Class #53… May 1st … Writing Fiction Sales Copy
Class #54… May 1st … Writing and Selling Short Stories
Class #55… May 2nd … Depth in Writing
Class #56… May 2nd … Business
Class #57… May 2nd … (open)
Class #58… May 2nd … (open)
Class #59… May 2nd … Novel Structure
Class #60… May 2nd … Writing Fantasy
>I went back and called it “Green Canyon.” Not sure why.
That’s what I love about writing. “Why did you call it that?” “That’s what it told me it’s name was.”
I hate when short stories end up going longer then you wanted. 🙂