1000 words yesterday. In the groove. Oops, nice day, 75 outside. Going fishing.
Taking 3×5 cards to make notes on story line.
A western in 1980.
Got seriously miffed at myself this morning. I looked at my writing log and found that i haven’t written anything of substance in the past 9 days. And, mighty little since the middle of April. Therefore, I am getting on my butt in the chair and writing here and then to my newest book length effort.
The past month has just been one stupid action after another on my part. Trying to finish up DEATH BY BASEBALL, (It’s already getting serious positive comments) I found that I, little ole me, had sent in the wrong file to the publishers. Turns out the beta readers efforts are in the toilet (the bit bucket where all erased files go), all the hours of upgrading the master file are in the arena of wasted time, and my head is spinning with doing it all over again. I am at the point that I hate the book with a serious passion. But, I get there on all of the books I write.
So, all fingers on the board, mind focused on THE DEACON II and away I go.
You better get writing, too.
After the fixes and rewriting, The DEACON is on the market @ http://www.amazon.com/author/dougball. Take a peek, read the sample, and let me know what you think.
Working on the final edits, etc. on a book titled, MURDER BY BASEBALL. It is set in 1899 Territorial Arizona around the early Baseball Nines and a murder (well, duh, Captain Obvious to the rescue). Should be on the market within a month if my co-author gets the cover done soon. This book is being co-author Darren John Tenney or is it John Darren Tenney, author of BASEBALL IN ARIZONA TERRITORY, A History, 1863-1912. Great book. Try it, you’ll like it.
The hardest thing about writing is not talking about it and doing it. I look at many of the bloggers who talk of writing and never see their books on Amazon or Books In Print. My last entry was 2 March. The gap is filled with writing efforts. What fills your hours?
Writer’s block is cured by butt in chair and hands on keys, fingers going up and down. Write a letter to yourself to remember that. My Great Grandson reading m first book. Smart kid. Notice, he is almost finished.
I was totally amazed at the amount of rewrite I had to do to fix my ending problem (see last entry for details). I had to totally rewrite two pages and one paragraph to make it work. That was all.
Have you ever rewrite a chunk of your efforts? Did you find it simple or difficult?
I am learning that that with book length stories, unless it is a major thread, changing directions and results can be easily whipped with a word change hear and there. There is a lot of change to a story by the contents of just one or two scenes. Each scene drives itself to an ending and then another scene takes place allowing for new and better information of the reader with each scene. A change of one scene can change the entire story without a need to change the rest of the scenes except maybe the last one, the crescendo, the end.
80 pages short of the end I made my ending impossible. Three great beta readers and I missed it right down to my final read of proof. Six reads of the file, three beta readers of the proof and bingo, back to the rewrite phase. Hang tough DEACON will appear. Later.
Today, a major WIN. I have actually gotten into my website and made a beginning on updating it. Take a look and let me know what you think. http://www.dougball.com.
Are you struggling to finish a work in progress? Does the ending baffle the living daylights out of you? Yup, me, too.
The only way to finish is butt in chair and work those fingers for the time it takes to add one word, then two, and away we go. Maybe time is the problem. A small device with keyboard or voice-to-text or a backpack full of laptop going with you everywhere could be the answer. Every time you get stuck in traffic, a service line, a doctor’s office waiting room, at the curb waiting for the kids, sitting in a chair while you child does their dance class, and on and on. You get the idea. WRITE, don’t just vegetate.
FOUR WAYS TO FINISH YOU WORK IN PROGRESS.
Whatever you do, go write or write as you go. I would love to get my wife writing. She could write while I drive and it would distract her from the right seat driving she does.
Me and Him
Woke up this morning feeling very spry.
Asked the Lord to tell me why.
LIFE IS LIKE A BURNING CANDLE,
THERE AIN’T NOTHING GONNA HAPPEN TODAY
THAT YOU AND I CAN’T HANDLE.
Got done with a mess of scut work yesterday. Don’t ya just hate that stuff. Got to writing on my 1080’s historical baseball murder mystery and whacked out 3,200 words pretty good story. Funny thing is that the book almost writes itself. Characters keep taking charge and my muse fills in the rest.
When you get distracted from writing or any task, how do you handle it? Have you tried making a list of all the other projects or things that need to be done and taking the time off of the fun to get the drudgery done.
Or, do you sit stupified until you realize all things in you life are tied together and you alone control the knot.
In my advancing years I find I must keep a list of the tasks necessary for my daily existence to continue. Each day I try, TRY, to get them done. BUT, if I don’t schedule them into my day, they are still there the next day along with the next day’s chores. If I do that long enough I am buried and usually hungry cuz shopping was on one of those daily lists.
Be blessed. Go write, right after you catch up. Ketchup – need that from the store. On the list.
How long have you been writing with hopes of publishing and selling? My goals for this week are set up to get me off top dead center with nothing happening. The MERRY go round is not MERRY if it is stuck someplace.
I will read at least 102 pages of information on improving sales, sale-ability, and gaining email connection with my oh so few readers.
I am told you cannot sell books without email friends. How does one go about gaining email friends who like my writing? Beats the daylights outta me. BUT, I will be trying.
Perhaps we can get Amazon to offer each buyer the opportunity to sign up. Simple, huh?
Be blessed with great writings and lots of email friends. If you’d like to help email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. just use SIGN ME UP in the subject line. I will not share. And, I have a short story for you FREE.
MERRY CHRISTMAS and that’s I’m gonna say about that.
Snow again last night. Ain’t supposed to happen in sunny Arizona. It does open some possibilities in the plotlines of a story or two.
Be blessed and keep writing.
My books are found at http://www.Amazon.com/author/dougball
Westerns, not so old westerns, today’s alternate history, and Christian studies. I recommend GENTLE REBELLION for anyone and the 8 year olds on up. My grandson loved it. BLOOD ON THE ZUNI is a hard riding western. Enjoy.
A new book will be out by February 1. THE DEACON is my Nanowrimo book for 2015 and is currently wiyh the beta readers after I did a fairly heavy rewrite. Because I am considering a series based on the main character I am thinking about having it on kdp for free the first month. Look for preorder opportunity by January 10. I will post on this blog when it is up.
Be blessed and MERRY CHRISTMAS.