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Writing Streak Still Going… Barely


I found myself tonight in one of those myth areas that just kill many beginning writers and some professional writers at times. Here is how it goes… (I bet a bunch of you will understand and recognize this one. (grin))

I got jammed with all sorts of things today and ended up at WMG offices until 2 a.m. tonight working on stuff. So got home, rested for a short time, then came in here and did assignments and cleaned up my email and such.

Worked with Kris some before she went to bed on the plans for tomorrow, and made sure I had my three meetings all planned out, including stuff for the next big meeting on the Promotions Package. (All authors who got the Promotions Package will be contacted soon. The entire thing is underway and has been now for a time.)

So by the time I looked up, it was after 4 a.m. and I have to get up fairly early tomorrow. So I heard myself think, “Damn, I don’t have enough time to write.”

You know the thinking… If you don’t have some hours of free time that spans some imaginary needed amount, “you don’t have time to write.”

Well, after a moment I caught myself and woke up the cat in the other chair because I was laughing. At myself.

So I sent this computer into sleep mode, moved the cat, and sat down at my writing computer and wrote for about twenty-five minutes on the novel, getting 700 words done.

Yup, I didn’t have time to write.

Folks, if you hear yourself say that deadly phrase, check in. There is always time to sit down for a few minutes and just play. And it all adds up.


Speaking of Promotions Package

We offered at Superstars ten spots in the Promotions Package over the ones we had signed up and only one person jumped on board. So at the anthology workshop we offered the the open spots that no one at Superstars wanted and only one person jumped on board. (We spent a bunch of time trying to figure out how to add in those ten spots before we offered the openings.)

So we are closing this off for the last time here in the next few days and we schedule all the packages of those signed up.

So Last Call!! If you are interested in having WMG Publishing do an entire promotions package for one of your novels, jump in now. (First read what it is about at Promotions Post and then write me.)




March 15-18th

That’s THIS week, on Thursday morning. I just finished up recording the Adding Tension and am working on the Making a Living topic. I think they are going to be pretty cool, to be honest. And only four quick days.

— Adding Tension to Your Writing
— Making a Living in 2018/19 With Your Fiction
— Controlling Fear of Failure

Sign up directly through Teachable. When a class reaches five I will close it. (Lifetime Subscribers are exempt from that limit. You can just join without even signing up.)


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)

Got some questions on these and a bunch of sign-ups. They are going to be fun. So let me give you the top questions I got.

Question #1… Can I record the live webinar sessions? Yes, but not going to because there will be a bunch of people on the feed. So not going to happen. And nope, I doubt these will be come classics in any way.

Question #2… Timing on the webinar parts? I got more details on the post yesterday, but here is the timing. Short Fiction at 11 a.m. Sunday West Coast Time. Space Opera at 1 p.m. West Coast Time. The recorded parts and assignment will open up on April 8th, first Webinar on April 15th. And so on. The two May workshops follow the same pattern.

Question #3… Will they be on Yes, the basic stuff will be there in a few days to sign up as well as better descriptions, but the best way right now is to sign up by writing me and paying the fee through Paypal to make sure you have a slot.

Question #4… How do Lifetime Subscribers sign up? You don’t have to. You are automatically in, no limits, although there aren’t that many Lifetime Subscribers yet. When I get the workshops loaded to Teachable I will automatically load it into the Lifetime Subscription.

That’s it. Good questions, writers signed up on all four new workshops. Kris and I are excited to put these together.

$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.



They all just started. Still time to jump into any of the workshops.

Sign up directly through Teachable or if you have a credit, write me.

Class #25… Mar 6th … Depth #3: Research
Class #26… Mar 6th … Author Voice
Class #27… Mar 6th … (empty slot)
Class #28… Mar 6th … Writing into the Dark
Class #29… Mar 6th … Writing Fiction Sales Copy
Class #30… Mar 6th … Writing and Selling Short Stories
Class #31… Mar 7th … Depth in Writing
Class #32… Mar 7th …(empty slot)
Class #33… Mar 7th … Cliffhangers
Class #34… Mar 7th … Pacing Your Novel
Class #35… Mar 7th … Novel Structure
Class #36… Mar 7th … Writing Fantasy

April workshops now also available on Teachable and I have the schedule through June up now. Some new regular workshops will be added into July, but nothing new over the next few months in the regular workshops.

All the new stuff will be in the Pop-Up workshops and Insider’s Guide Series of Workshops for the next two months.



  • allynh

    A half hour is an amazing amount of time to get stuff done.

    If I have a half hour before me, I just do whatever I can and not worry about “not having enough time”.

  • Maree Brittenford

    I absolutely get in that head space, where I don’t have time!

    So I set a timer for 15 minutes and write for that long. Unless I’m actually running late to pick up my kids or something like that I can spare 15 minutes. And I always feel happier and more centered when I’ve gotten the voices in my head out into words on a page.