Tuesday, September 29, 2015

If You Don't Meet Your Daily Word Count...

If you don't meet your daily word count, Bruce will be forced to thrash you. In his white socks. 
I recommend outlining. Write the whole book in stream of consciousness outline format as fast as you can. No stopping. THEN... once you have the story mostly figured out, you go back to the beginning and retype the outline in prose format.

My word counts went from 1500ish per day to 5000-6000 per day (and often more @~1000 words per hour). And it took the pressure off. Writing slowly while sculpting your prose and holding the entire story in your mind while you tiptoe through the plot is like sculpting in clay without having any idea what you're sculpting.

Outlining allows you to savor the thrill of discovering the story without having to wait months to see the climax & resolution. My outlines usually take about a week. Instead of spending a year writing a novel, I'm writing a trilogy in a few months. This has helped make writing more fun and less dreadful. It makes it far easier to sit down and start each day.

Remember what Elmore Leonard said: There is no magic. You sit down and you start and that's it.

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Monday, September 28, 2015

The Philip K. Dick Award Storybundle is now LIVE!

Hello, gang.
My good friend & fellow writer Lisa Mason is curating the Philip K. Dick Storybundle, which is now LIVE. It's a great opportunity to read and discover a lot of really great work by talented writers. We'll be featuring each talented writer over the next two weeks. Enjoy!

Storybundle.com is pleased to present
The Philip K. Dick Award Storybundle

The Philip K. Dick Award Storybundle includes Aestival Tide by Elizabeth Hand (PKD Finalist), Life byGwyneth Jones (PKD Winner), The Cipher by Kathe Koja (PKD Finalist), Points of Departure by Pat Murphy (PKD Winner), Dark Seeker by K. W. Jeter (PKD Finalist), and Summer of Love by Lisa Mason(PKD Finalist).
The bonus books, which complete your bundle, include Frontera by Lewis Shiner (PKD Finalist), Acts of Conscience by William Barton (PKD Special Citation), Maximum Ice by Kay Kenyon (PKD Finalist), Knight Moves by Walter Jon Williams (PKD Finalist), and Reclamation by Sarah Zettel (PKD Finalist).
If you’re just dipping your toe into science fiction and not sure where to begin or if you’re a long-time fan and reader, this unique and historic collection is an excellent addition to your elibrary.
At StoryBundle, you the reader can name your price—whatever you feel the books are worth. You may designate a portion of the proceeds to go to a charity. For The Philip K Dick Award Storybundle, that’s Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (“SFWA”). SFWA champions writers’ rights, sponsors the Nebula Award for excellence in science fiction, and promotes numerous literacy groups.
The Philip K Dick Award Storybundle runs from September 23 until October 15, twenty-three days in all. Once it’s gone, it’s gone! Download yours today at http://storybundle.com/pkdaward and enjoy world-class, award-winning reading right now and into the holidays.