WHAT I DO NOT BELIEVE
Since I listed a number of things I do believe, figured I would list one or two things I do not believe about writing.
Made it to the WMG store around 2 p.m., then home again, then to the snail mail, grocery store, and back to WMG offices to work on Smith’s Monthly and other things until around 6 p.m.
Home to take a nap, then cooked dinner, then got in here around 9 p.m. and got out all the letters for the February online workshops. (Still time to jump in. They start on Monday.)
Then more television, then back in here to write.
Went slow, but slowly making headway as in two sessions I managed 1,850 words with one break. I have a feeling when this thing breaks, I will have some big days to the end.
February Online Workshops Start on February 1st!
All of the February Online Workshops marked below have openings. Click the workshop tab above for description and sign-up or go to www.wmgpublishingworkshops.com.
Each regular workshop is six weeks long and takes about 3-4 hours per week to do at your own pace and your own time.
All workshops have openings.
Class #12 Feb 1st Character Voice/Setting
Class #13 Feb 1st Adding Suspense to Your Writing
Class #14 Feb 1st Ideas into Stories
Class #15 Feb 2nd Character Development
Class #16 Feb 2nd Depth in Writing
Class #17 Feb 2nd Plotting With Depth
Class #18 Feb 3rd Designing Covers
Class #19 Feb 3rd Writing and Selling Short Stories
Class #20 Feb 3rd How to Write Science Fiction
Classic Workshops and Lectures are also available at any time.
Topic of the Night: What I Do Not Believe
After the nice comments on last night’s topic, I thought I would add just a few negative beliefs, if there is such a thing. (grin) They stemmed from comments about the lottery.
1 I DO NOT believe that the writing profession is a gamble in any way or fashion. Sure, there are risks, and if you don’t treat it seriously and give it enough time, you are doomed to fail, even with early success. But that failure is not because writing is a gamble, it’s because you were stupid, unwilling to learn, or gave up.
2 I DO NOT believe you have to be naturally talented to become a professional writer in the old teacher definition of talent. I believe talent is nothing more than the measure of your skill at an exact point in time. Craft and business can be learned and when you do learn them, others will think of you as talented.
3 I DO NOT believe you have to be lucky to make it as a fiction writer. Ability to learn, ability to not give up, ability to tell stories you love to tell will be enough eventually, if you combine all that with a massive love of business. Luck is in service of the prepared. Granted, at points in time you might find yourself lucky or unlucky, but it all evens out over time as any professional poker player knows.
Just a few negative beliefs for a Friday night.
The Writing of Dead Hand: A Cold Poker Gang Mystery
(Shortened down because I have a hunch this is going to take some more days to finish.)
Day 11.. 3,200 words. Total words so far… 19,000 words.
Day 12.. 2,100 words. Total words so far… 21,100 words.
Day 13.. 1,050 words. Total words so far… 22,150 words.
Day 14.. 2,300 words. Total words so far… 24,450 words.
Day 15.. 1,500 words. Total words so far… 25,950 words.
Day 16.. 3,200 words. Total words so far… 29,150 words.
Day 17.. 1,100 words. Total words so far… 30,250 words.
Day 18.. 2,150 words. Total words so far… 32,400 words.
Day 19.. 1,700 words. Total words so far… 34,100 words.
Day 20.. 1,100 words. Total words so far… 35,200 words.
Day 21.. 1,050 words. Total words so far 36,250 words.
Day 22.. 2,050 words. Total words so far 38,300 words.
Day 23.. 1,850 words. Total words so far 40,150 words.
Totals For Year 3, Month 6, Day 29
Writing in Public blog streak… Day 862
— Daily Fiction: 1,850 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 16,150 words
— Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 1,200 words
— Blog Posts: 400 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 14,800 words
— E-mail: 18 e-mails. (not counting letters to workshop folks) Approx. 700 original words. E-mails month-to date: 550 e-mails. Approx. 23,600 words
— Covers Designed and Finished: 0. Covers finished month-to-date: 3 Covers
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