When It Comes to Production…
I did a post on streaks, and have shown here that novels in all sorts of locations and challenges are possible.
But in a conversation earlier today, I realized that all the challenges I have done with writing lately are time-limited.
— Write 30 short stories in thirty days. Check, done twice.
— Write a novel in five days while traveling. Check, wrote the book about doing it.
— Write four novels in July. Check. All four novels now published.
And here I am with over 1700 regular blog posts, a challenge, a streak that is not limited.
I have studied a lot of the old pulp writers. Frederick Faust (aka Max Brand and many other names) wrote exactly 18 pages every day, seven days a week. And he did that for decades. That’s 4,500 words every day, a novel in ten days. For decades.
He wrote on a manual typewriter, one draft. He died in WWII and we still read his work and it still sells millions of copies in 2018.
So we know from his history that is possible. The writers of Doc Savage and The Shadow also wrote at that speed for a decade or more each. So more than one person has done it.
But what is possible in this modern world?
I know I can easily write four novels in four weeks. Did that last summer. But could I do that for an entire year? 52 novels?
I know I can write a short story a day for a month, but could I do it for an entire year?
I have talked about this question before a number of years back and I still puzzle about it. And I am coming up on a time of writing for me (after a few life rolls clear this week). So wondering how much fun I might have with a new challenge for myself.
A new streak, maybe?
So in this modern world, what really is possible? Our indie world has created a publishing environment that rewards productivity. And I have gotten out of my own way on just about every myth now. And I am still young at 67.
So what really is possible? Going to be giving this some thought this week.
Femme Fatale Bundle
Also, I want to remind everyone of the fantastic bundle I am lucky enough to be in with a bunch of great writers.
It’s called the Femme Fatale bundle on Storybundle.
It’s a mystery/thriller bundle with Femme Fatales in every book, in one form or another. Trust me, Kris’s novel The Perfect Man will mess with your mind. And you can never go wrong with Lawrence Block, O’Neil De Noux, or Libby Fischer Hellmann.
And you might even like my novel and Mary Jo Assassin.
INSIDER’S GUIDE Workshops Now Available…
— Insider’s Guide to Selling Short Fiction in 2018/2019 (Starts April 8th)
— Insider’s Guide to Writing Successful Space Opera (Starts April 8th)
— Insider’s Guide to Writing Serial Fiction (2,000 word parts of a novel) (Starts May 6th)
— Insider’s Guide to Writing Detective Fiction. (Starts May 6th)
$300 each, limited to ten writers plus lifetime subscribers. One time workshops. They will not be regular. Sorry. These will fill so don’t wait for the last minute on these. And yes, you can use your credits.
I will be adding these onto Teachable in a few days.
APRIL REGULAR WORKSHOPS…
Sign up directly through Teachable or if you have a credit, write me.
Class #37… Apr 3rd … Think Like a Publisher
Class #38… Apr 3rd … Endings
Class #39… Apr 3rd … Point of View
Class #40… Apr 3rd … Writing Mysteries
Class #41… Apr 3rd … Speed
Class #42… Apr 3rd … Teams in Fiction
Class #43… Apr 4th … Depth in Writing
Class #44… Apr 4th … How to Edit Your Own Work
Class #45… Apr 4th … Character Development
Class #46… Apr 4th … Writing Secondary Plot Lines
Class #47… Apr 4th … Advanced Depth
Class #48… Apr 4th … Novel Structure