• Challenge,  On Writing

    Restart Motivation

    October 1st Just Two Weeks Away! So I got two weeks to figure out some new challenges, new motivation, maybe pick up the short story challenge I fell off of earlier in the year. October 1st is a great time to do that. A challenge I am thinking of is 100 short stories in 100 days. That will bring my total short stories up over 200 for the year. Not 365 as I had set out to do, but still not bad. (grin) Today I was working on getting the new 2023 Collection Classes posted and live for the coming sale. All six from the first year will be available…

  • Challenge,  motivation,  On Writing,  publishing

    Challenges (Wrong Information Out There)

    Not Sure How This Information Got Spread… But I heard yesterday from a person who didn’t feel that spending $600 and then not being able to write on something a year in would be a good thing. And that they would lose their money like putting it in a slot machine. I wrote back and said that the challenges don’t cost anything. Yes, you spend the $600 to get into the mix. But if you miss, you get $600 in credits for anything on WMG Teachable except for another challenge. So in other words, you buy $600 in credits for any workshop or anything, and then get to have some…

  • Challenge,  On Writing,  publishing

    More On Challenges For 2022

    A Goal vs A Challenge… Right about now, here on the 6th of December, it is a great time to start looking at the year ahead. For many writers, setting a challenge is not a good idea. But in any business or art, setting a goal can really help. So tonight I thought I would talk about the difference between a goal and a challenge. I believe both are good. And by setting a challenge, you are also setting a goal. But often goals are not challenges. Last night I listed four things that I thought were important when deciding on a challenge. They are: 1… It actually has to…

  • Challenge,  On Writing,  publishing,  workshops

    A Fun Combination Idea…

    Got This Question From Two Writers Today… And I realized it was a really fun idea I should tell everyone about. We have a series of “Collection” classes. The classes are 9 weeks long and from week 2-6 the writers taking the class write five stories that by the 9th week will be published in a collection as part of the class. In essence from nothing to a five story collection in two months. They are fun and you can get a bundle of all six classes that will last you a year and you will write 30 short stories, or you can buy them one collection class at a…

  • Challenge,  On Writing,  publishing

    Some Updates

    On Different Streaks, Challenges, and Exercise… — Today is 3,084 straight days I have done a blog a day here without missing. Yup, that’s nuts. — I am slowly ramping back up my exercise, gaining a little bit more a week on a walking streak. I let myself relax and not push after the marathon because I wanted to just not think about it over the holidays. So going to take me another month or so to get the steps back up to pre-marathon levels. And maybe two months to drop the weight down to marathon level and then keep it going down. So all fine there. — I’m a…

  • Challenge,  On Writing,  publishing

    Challenge Question

    Seems I Confused An Issue… No surprise, huh? (grin) On the three Challenges that we run on Teachable, the Great Publishing Challenge, the Great Challenge (for short stories), and the Great Novel Challenge, you can start at any time. That’s why I suggested that starting the first of February would be a good way of going in the challenges. That way you go from February to February to get the Lifetime Subscription, or if nothing else, get your year off to a great start. You can sign up at any time on the challenges. Then when you are ready to start, just tell me you are starting. Second question I…

  • On Writing,  publishing,  Topic of the Night

    Topic of the Night: Help Getting Through the Time of Great Forgetting

    Help Getting Through the Time of Great Forgetting Every year now for the last three or four years I have talked about something I notice with beginning and early-career writers. It happens like this: Writers are all excited at the first of the year, make resolutions, plans, challenges. All great with great intentions for their coming year of writing and production. And for months, things are working great. Somewhere around the last of April to the first of June, life from the outside starts to intrude and the writing takes a back seat, slowly, over weeks or a month. And then the writing is forgotten for the most part, or…