I Have A List…
Actually two lists, tacked on my computer with thoughts of “That would make an interesting Pop-Up” and the second list is possible workshops.
Thought I might share a few of the residents of those lists here. Comments are welcome, but be nice. Remember, it is only your opinion and someone else may really love the idea or hate it. And saying you like it does not commit you to taking anything.
Kris and I are always looking for more ideas if you got something that you think would be a good idea for writers to study or learn or that you want to study or learn.
Also realize that I write things on the list, then a month later look at it and have no idea what I was thinking and scratch the title off. So this is just a moment in time on both these lists.
On My Pop-Up List…
— “No one will buy my book.” Basically, this is a Pop-Up idea of the massive fear that stops most writers. Many of you have gotten past this, but you can’t believe the numbers who have not. And even after a bunch of books published, this fear still crippled. The Pop-Up would be to help kill that fear.
— “Writer’s Deadly Delusions.” Oh, my, there are a bunch of these. Expecting to sell a lot with a first book, expecting to make a lot of money, indie publishing is easy, indie publishing is below me, and so on and so on. This might be better warped into a companion six-week workshop with Killing the Critical Voice. Six weeks of retraining writer’s minds.
— “Can I Sell Books Without Promotion?” The answer of this questions is (of course) “It depends.” And that’s what the Pop-Up would be about. What is promotion? What stage of your writing are you at? What kind of promotion do you think you need? To Bookstores or to fans? And so on and so on… Again, this might be a great six week workshop, actually, now that I think about it. Hmmm… (Add this to the list below.)
— “Tension in Writing… Things Get Worse.” This would be a craft one, and again might be a better six week workshop. Hmmmm….
— “Making a Living with Novels.” This would be a companion Pop-Up to making a living with Short Fiction. You know… math and time.
— “Stages of Publishing.” I am thinking of doing this as a nonfiction book, in a series of blogs, actually. I just had it on this list to remind myself about it. Might end up a book and a six week workshop.
On My Possible Workshop List
Besides the three above that clearly might be good workshops, here is what I have scratched down at the moment.
— “Pacing- Advanced.” More than likely way, way too advanced, and no one would take it, but I have kept it on the list because it would be such a fun challenge for me and Kris to lay out and record and try to make sense with for writers who still haven’t mastered hitting the return key with any logical sense.
— “Memorable Characters.” This would be a craft workshop that I think would be amazingly valuable for most writers. And help book sales for writers. Kris and I both have done our share of memorable characters and way back when a bunch of writer friends of ours (who are now all major bestsellers) got together and studied mostly this topic for an entire weekend in a house on the coast. It was amazing fun. More than likely this is a workshop coming this spring or early summer.
— “Power Words.” A workshop that would help takes writer’s craft to another level, but damn near impossible to explain. This topic is like pacing. Early stage writers can’t even see it and when they do use power words, it is by accident. Just like tags and pacing. Advanced topic. Ever wonder how major writers can get readers feeling exactly what they want them to feel when they want it… Part is the use and control of power words. And it is not something you do from the front of your brain. You have to see them, learn how to use them, and then just let your creative voice go. Like Advanced Pacing, might be too much, but would sure be fun to teach. (grin) But no one would sign up. Check in with yourself, be honest, don’t tell me, but this is one you would just skip over, right? Because you don’t even know what they are.
— “Floating Viewpoints.” How to do them, when to do them, when not to use them. Another advanced craft workshop, but at least most early stage writers know what this is. The rule early on in a career is just not use this because you won’t do it right. Switch viewpoints at scene or chapter breaks. But at a certain level, doesn’t hurt to let your creative voice know how to do this correctly when needed. A very powerful tool as long as no one notices you are doing it. (grin)
Also got a few other sort of half-hearted ideas, such as teaching Romantic Suspense, and a couple other sub-genres.
So that is what is on my two lists here at the end of January.
Any comments, either put them here or write me.