WET019 – Solocast: Wattpad, Daily Rituals

This week I give you an update on my January writing progress and talk about putting my novel on Wattpad chapter by chapter, which I start today. I also talk about excuses and my plan to debunk many of the excuses we tell ourselves. 

LINKS MENTIONED

My profile on Wattpad

Meta by Tom Reynolds

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WET018 – PJ Fox on Indie Publishing

PJ Fox is a prolific writer with all kinds of great (and sometimes controversial) ideas about indie publishing. We have a wide-ranging discussion about many topics, including:

  • Giving books away for free
  • Getting reviews
  • PJ’s incredibly fast (to me, anyway) publishing schedule: 11 books in 6 months.
  • Lots of basketball analogies
  • PJ’s main advice: “Don’t take advice from anyone you don’t want to be more like.”
  • Throwing away bad writing
  • Advice from Ice-T 
  • Being honest with yourself
  • Evil Toad Press

 

LINKS MENTIONED

P.J. Fox Writes

P.J.’s Amazon Profile

Evil Toad Press

Self Publishing Is For Losers: The Evil Toad Press Guide To Self Publishing

Redd Foxx

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WET017 – Christine Frazier on the Better Novel Project

Christine Frazier wanted to write a novel, but she didn’t know where to begin, so she created The Better Novel Project, an immense project where she analyzes the narratives of several young adult novels to create a master outline of what they all have in common.

We talk about the project, the writing process, screenwriting, platform building and more.

LINKS MENTIONED:

Better Novel Project 

Write and Run – A project Christine does with her brother Matt Frazier, where you can sign up to start the dual habit of writing and running.

Ashley R. Carlson’s guest post on The Better Novel Project

The Merchant of Death (Pendragon) – A YA series I have recently read.

Twitter: @BetterNovelProj

 

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Start something new or finish something started?

I just came up with a great idea for a novel, one rife with conspiracies and action and cool tech stuff and hackers. It’s going to be so fun to write. It’s a novel I would totally read, which make the best novels. The way I’ve got it planned, it should be about 100,000 words, which, if I work exclusively on it, and stick to my 1 million word/year pace, should take a little over a month to draft.

That’s a lot of ifs. So far, I have not been writing at the 1 million/year pace. At my current pace, it might take two months or more to finish a draft of this novel, which is still not so bad. The harder problem is to keep interested in the project for the whole time it takes to write it. I have a bad habit of getting excited about an idea and then losing interest before starting it, or worse, losing steam as I write it.

Here are some other projects I have started but not yet finished:

  • I have a beginning of a novel I started for NaNoWriMo 2013. It’s a gritty detective story with a bit of a twist. It’s dark and depressing, brooding and obsessive.  The detective is down-and-out, alcoholic or damn close. He’s on a mission that turns into an obsession, and he’s not even sure what he’s looking for. I’m maybe 10,000 words into that, which is really only the very beginning, and I haven’t looked at it in over a year.
  • I have 50,000 words or so of a short novel about a tech-savvy  young man who forges a connection with his more or less Luddite female professor, which leads him into a strange rabbit hole of conspiracy and weirdness involving the pharmaceutical industry. It is more or less finished, but I need to make a final revision, which I keep putting off.
  • I have this grad school memoir I keep talking about that needs editing.

The point of telling you this is that I have unfinished business, work sitting on hard drives that has yet to see the light of day, and here I am starting anew, alighting on another project, getting all excited about a new storyline.

You see why I am worried?

If I were coming to me for advice with the above problem, I would tell myself to shelf the new project and finish those I’ve already started. I would tell me to get those edits done, get those works out into the world before starting something new. If I must, do them simultaneously, if I can find the time and energy, writing in the morning, editing and night.

I think I have the same problem a lot of people do. I start new things before finishing old things, in part to feel like I’m working toward something, so I can pat myself on the back about my daily wordcount, but I don’t finish anything, mainly out of fear. Everything revolves around fear. Or laziness.

Reminds me of one my favorite parts of Waking life, where Louis Mackey asks, “Which is the most universal human characteristic: fear, or laziness?”

Maybe I need to take my own advice, and finish what I start.

Do you have problems finishing projects? Do you start new things before finishing? Let me know about it in the comments below.

WET016 – Solocast: Social media fatigue

Happy New Year! In this episode I give an update about my million word goak and talk about social media.

My Medium article: Why neither Tsu nor Ello will replace Facebook.

Word count update:

Goal through 1/9 to be on pace for 1 million: 24, 658. 

Actual words written: 17,796

I have written every day, but haven’t made the daily goal each day, which puts me a little behind, but not too bad. 

 

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WET015 – Solocast: New Year’s reflections

In this short 20 min episode, I reflect on the year past and the one to come. I talk about writing, publishing, teaching and all the stuff you’ve come to expect. Tell me your New Year’s resolutions in the comments.

 


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