Time Is Everything These Days
Working on An Issue of Smith’s Monthly…
And I had so many things that sort of crowded ahead of it that I didn’t get it done tonight and turned in as I had told Allyson I would at WMG. Now she won’t be surprised, but I am disappointed in myself to be honest. I wanted to get that done and I might still make a run at it still tonight if I have a little energy.
But in this modern world time is always a key for writers. We never have enough time and thus important things get shoved aside in the waves of stuff that happens every day. And good stuff happened today for me. But still I had one thing I wanted to get done and it is still not done here at four in the morning.
The challenges (which both still have openings) are a way to prioritize writing time. I am sort of a looming figure out there that needs to be fed stories or novels. (grin)
And thus it makes those in the challenge prioritize the writing and finishing the writing. One of the many values of a challenge and why I do them regularly for myself. I get far more writing done when I have challenged myself or am in a challenge with another writer.
So I am going to cut this blog short, mention my new bundle below, the details on the two challenges, and the October workshops, and go back to working on putting together an issue of Smith’s Monthly.
UPDATE: 5:15 a.m. Got Smith’s Monthly turned in, but not another project that should have been done tonight as well. Sigh… Time is a killer. At times. (grin)
The book I have in this new bundle is a pure western young adult called The Life and Times of Buffalo Jimmy. I hope this winter to write more Buffalo Jimmy novels for Smith’s Monthly.
I’ll talk more about this bundle coming up, but if you like young adult fiction, including one from Kris and a Fiction River full of young adult stories, and eight other great books, this is the bundle for you to grab while it is available.
Only three people have signed up for the short story challenge so far. And there is still room in the novel challenge as well. Details over the last few days. If you have questions, write me.
If interested in signing up, just write me. They are going to be great fun.
SHORT STORY Challenge:
— Write thirty short stories in 60 days. You can take the full time or you can write them in a month. Up to you.
— I will charge $600 to be your first reader. If you finish 30 stories in 60 days, you get two online workshops of your choice, a $600 value. (In essence, I will read for free if you do the challenge.)
— If you feel the challenge is not working for you, I will offer you an off-ramp at various points and you can take it and get the two online workshops. So you can try this risk free.
— Write three novels between October 1st and January 15th. You can take the full time or you can write them quicker. Up to you.
— I will charge $600 to be your first reader. If you finish the three novels in the time, you get two online workshops of your choice, a $600 value. (In essence, I will read for free if you do the challenge.)
— Novels can be any length over 30,000 words and at least half of the first one must be written during the time of the challenge.
— If you feel the challenge is not working for you, I will offer you an off-ramp and you can take it and get the two online workshops. I also will give you two online workshops if a life event comes up and you can’t finish.
October Online Workshops
October Workshops Available
Class #37… Oct 3rd … Writing into the Dark
Class #38… Oct 3rd … Endings
Class #39… Oct 3rd … Point of View
Class #40… Oct 3rd … Writing Mysteries
Class #41… Oct 3rd … Speed
Class #42… Oct 3rd … Teams in Fiction
Class #43… Oct 4th … Depth in Writing
Class #44… Oct 4th … How to Edit Your Own Work
Class #45… Oct 4th … Character Development
Class #46… Oct 4th … Writing Secondary Plot Lines
Class #47… Oct 4th … Advanced Depth
Class #48… Oct 4th … (TBA)
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E. R. Paskey
Growing up, my dad always tried to impress on us that time is the one commodity you can never get more of. Money comes and goes, but when time is gone, it’s gone, so spend it wisely. (That always led into a talk about priorities. :D)
E.R., got that right. Never enough time in this new publishing world.