As I said yesterday, I drove to Salt Lake and spent a few fun days at a great romance writers conference there. Well run, lots of great writers. It was an honor to be invited.
I ended up teaching two classes, one about indie and one about business. Of course, both topics are so large an hour didn’t begin to start to cover either topic. But tried to cover some basics and then opened it up for questions. Got some great questions.
What I noticed the most and that was the most fun for me was being around so many writers hungry to learn. That hunger is infectious.
So again, thanks to the wonderful team that invited me and to Kelli Ann Morgan in particular. You are wonderful and I love my blanket. Thank you!
New Series of Blogs Equal a New Book
About halfway through the second day of the conference I called Kris and said, “Write done the words ‘Self Sabotage’ for me.” I had been listening to a group of professional writers talking about how they sabotage their writing. Suddenly dawned on me that would be a good topic here.
And on the drive back I realized that the topic would be a hell of a writing book.
So over the next few days I will be writing the book, one chapter at a time right here. My working title is: Fiction Writers and the Art of Self Sabotage.
Stay tuned. (But be warned, it might hurt. (grin))
Worked on workshops all day. Worked on the coming Master Class here at the coast, then on the last week of the September workshops and the first week of the October workshops.
The first time for the Speed Online Workshop finished up tonight. I think it turned out to be a great workshop, one of the better ones, actually. Our Productivity workshop helps you get to the writing chair. The Speed workshop is about how to pick up speed while at the computer. And how fast are you really writing clean-draft fiction.
Also watched the Voice. Wow, is it good this year. Just stunning talent. And when you get Bette Midler helping as one of the coaches, it gets really amazing.
Also did not get time to send out the Smith’s Monthly to Patreon supporters today. Will try to do so tomorrow.
November Online Workshops
Click the workshop tab above for description and sign-up or go to www.wmgpublishingworkshops.com.
Questions about any of the workshops, feel free to write me. Almost no one is signed up yet. I will be writing all the Kickstarter people who got the workshops that way later this week. At that point, some of these might fill up.
Class #42 Nov 1st Point of View
Class #43 Nov 1st Adding Suspense to Your Writing
Class #44 Nov 1st Ideas
Class #45 Nov 1st Character Development
Class #46 Nov 2nd Depth in Writing
Class #47 Nov 2nd Advanced Character and Dialog
Class #48 Nov 2nd Cliffhangers
Class #49 Nov 2nd Pacing Your Novel
Class #50… Nov 2nd Expectations (Writing on the Rails)
Classic Workshops and Lectures are also available at any time.
If you are wondering what order would be best to take some of these workshops, we have done a curriculum for the workshops. You can see that at https://deanwesleysmith.com/workshop-curriculum/
Totals For Year 4, Month 3, Day 10
Writing in Public blog streak Day 1,117
Total Miles This Month 51 miles
— Daily Fiction: 00 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 00 words
— Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 00 words
— Blog Posts: 400 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 3,100 words
— E-mail: 52 e-mails. Approx. 3,700 original words. E-mails month-to date: 174 e-mails. Approx. 10,200 words
— Covers Designed and Finished: 0. Covers finished month-to-date: 0 Covers
— Year of Short Fiction Goal: 120 stories (July 1st to June 30th). Stories finished to date: 8 stories.
— Yearly Novel Goal: 12 Novels. Novels finished to date: 2 novels.