On Friday morning, I created an off-the-cuff video about this unique event for writers. I was getting ready for a nine hour drive home. With energy and motivation practically oozing from the universe, I decided to write for an hour and make a video before hitting the road.
The video isn't too long. I will do others once I have reviewed my notes and implemented some of the best practices and suggestions of the presenters and other attendees.
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Few things are more obvious to a writer than the following statement. If I could write five thousand quality words a day, it would change my life.
This idea isn't new, but it has been with me all day. And it’s as magical as lightsabers, warp drive, chocolate, or an endless supply of coffee.
So let me say it again.
If I could write five thousand quality words a day, it would change my life.
What are some barriers to this goal?
First Steps Toward 5k a Day
Today I'm going to share three simple steps that can help increase writing productivity. There are a ton of books, blogs, and experts on this subject. You can spend hours or weeks or months researching it or you can just listen to me and get started.
The bulk of my new word count goal will be fiction, but I believe two thousand to five thousand words a day will also allow me for some room to blog. Please look forward to further discussion of this topic another's and leave comments. I would love to know what other people are doing to achieve their goals.
Thanks for spending some time here on my blog and if you enjoy listening to podcasts and YouTube interviews, please check out www.KeystrokeMedium.com (where Josh Hayes and I talk about reading, writing, and everything in between.)
Have a great day!
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Who doesn't love a deadline!
Becuase I am crazy, and want to drive myself a little farther over the brink in 2017, I decided set three books for pre-order on Amazon.
One (Dragon Land) is already published. No problem there.
My February release is comfortably close to being ready; I should just have it back from the editor and formatted by launch day. A little stressful, but getting a bit "real."
In March, I will be releasing my first book under a pen name (which is my actual name with a slight change), and it needs to be written. From the begining. Oh my God.
There are penalties for missing the pre-order date. Wish me luck, because I am going to need it.
I discovered a thing called Patreon recently. For my very first ever Patreon exclusive, I started a video series chronicling the last month before launch. This will include some of my fears and insecurities that I don't normally share outside a small group of friends.
Check it out here: Scottmoonwriter Pateron Page
Today my co-host, Josh Hayes, and I will be interviewing Peter F. Hamilton. I was hesitant to blog about this because it hasn't happened yet.
I am still a bit awestruck. Josh reached out to Mr. Hamilton's people, and long story short, he has agreed to come on the Keystroke Medium show today. We are huge fans, old and new. (A couple of months ago, Josh learned I had not read anything by this legend of science fiction. He jumped up and down and waved his hands...in a totally dignified and supportive fellow science fiction fan kind of way.
I purchased the audiobook of Pandora's Star...and listened to it twice. (Spoiler alert, not a short book!)
About the time I finished Judas Unchained and was straight up in awe of this massive story, we got the word that Peter F. Hamilton, best selling science fiction author and genuine legend of the genre, would be on the show.
This episode won't be recorded live, but please go to KeystrokeMedium.com or find it on YouTube tonight and check it out. Or maybe this Facebook event link will help.
And now I will practice deep breathing exercises for the next three hours to get ready to meet one of my writing heroes. This is happening!
Die Like A Man is an urban fantasy cop thriller with an emphasis on action and thrills. I spent over ten years writing it with many drafts and revisions. Although it has a professional book cover and professional edits, it is not selling as well as I hoped.
What can a writer do?
He can ask for advice (and give away a free copy to curious volunteers)!
If you think you might be able to rescue me and this book (which is really good, by the way), please sign up here and start by getting a Rebranding & Relaunching Team Copy of Die Like A Man right here.
I haven't blogged for a while, it's true.
I could blame it on my new book release, Weapons of Earth, which is the third and final book in the Chronicles of Kin Roland trilogy. I might even contribute my lack of blogging to my study of marketing and other things related to the book business. All of that would be true, however they still seem like a lame excuses.
So guess what, I'm back. Here's what's going on right now.
I did in fact release Weapons of Earth. This book is now available on Amazon as an e-book and in paperback. The audiobook may be somewhat delayed because my narrator has joined a band called The Long Run, which is a well-known Eagles tribute band. He's extremely talented. It will be late Fall before he can work on the audiobook.
I started reaching out to some of my email subscribers with the hope they would join the S.M.A.R.T. ( Scott Moon Advance Reading Team). This is very exciting to me because of the great feedback I received during the final stages of the Weapons of Earth launch. I am not afraid of making this a fairly large group, however it is limited and will be exclusive. Please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested. I am more selective with people who come from outside of my subscriber list, because I know everyone receiving the newsletter is interested in my writing (as opposed to selling me infomercial products). Unfortunately I also get unsolicited emails who could care less about reading anything. Hard to believe, right?
One of the things my advanced readers (S.M.A.R.T.) asked about was whether or not there would be another book in the Kin Roland universe.
As it happens, I have some great ideas about a prequel. Also, I have some stories brewing that would start right after the Kin Roland trilogy ends. My original plan was to pursue a very interesting premise that occurs 50,000 years after Kin Roland makes his big decision on Hellsbreach. I will write short stories based on my favorite characters, including those who were not given large parts in the current trilogy. One of these, is Ashton Roland, Kin Roland's little brother (half-brother, actually) is a space pirate and governor of a faraway world. His mistress / love of his life is Tabitha, the mother of William Orlan.
Since anybody who has followed my blogs or watches the Keystroke Medium show knows that I tend to work on multiple projects at once, this next thing should not come as a surprise. I joined a Facebook group with some of my writer friends that is doing the 90-day novel (a book about writing by Alan Watt). About a year or so ago I used Alan Watt’s techniques to create a book that is currently not published, because I became distracted with other projects and life.
What makes this different is that once I get to the 90-day stage I will go through exercises in the 90-day rewrite book by Alan Watt. So here it is, at the end of the 90-day novel project, which we are actually scheduling to be a bit longer to incorporate NANOWRIMO 2016, I plan to put up this new project, Run Girl, for preorder. This'll be the longest preorder I've ever done and a bit of an experiment for me to commit to a project like this.
I will blog about the process.
Run Girl is a book I already have a book cover for that I like and it is also a slightly different genre. I would call a science fiction thriller. At this stage in the writing process the main character is a young female federal agent. It might fit new adult type science-fiction thriller. I'm not going to give a lot of spoilers because everything is going to change during this 90-day novel writing process. What I have in my head and have started to work on is really cool. Here are some images I am collecting on Pinterest for inspiration. https://www.pinterest.com/.../new-book-inspiration
That's enough for now. I won't going into the many other projects in various stages of completion. Dragon Land, the final book in the Michael Prim (The Lost Dragonslayer trilogy) is basically done except for the dramatic ending. However I've been doing a lot of self editing before sending it to the professional editor. I really want to wrap this one up right.
Thanks for reading my blog. I know that this one is a bit longer than usual. I am writing the first draft of this blog article using Scrivener voice transcription and then putting it in my scrivener for iOS folder so that I can revise and edit on the go. I have a hard time expressing how cool this is.
Have a fabulous day.
Once upon a time, in a land far, far away known as “Texas” there was a gathering of word-wizards and prose-warriors known for their fearlessness, generosity, and clever minds. They were the Smarter Artists and this is the story of their Summit meeting. Everything about this magical event might have been lost if not for the reluctant hero of this story, the protagonist with a heart of gold and access to Google Maps. Might have is a key phrase here, because it is suspected that other writers in attendance have also chronicled the daring adventures of both the hosts and the attendees. To ascertain the veracity of this hypothesis, quest for the Self Publishing Podcast, the Creative Penn, and Garrett Robinson. You might even search for #TheLegendOfBenHale on Instagram.
Ben Hale, you see, is an author who writes in the YA Fantasy Genre (The Chronicles of Lumineia), thirteen books at the time of this writing and more on the way. “Ben is the most excellent of people,” one attendee reported. Later, as the event neared it’s dramatic conclusion, Ben Hale was called upon to name one-hundred-and-fifty attendees that he had just met, including the sound engineer and photographer. The price of failure would have been dire humiliation, or at least some awkward teasing -- since the Smarter Artists were all great friends by this point.
“It was amazing,” an attendee said. “It shows that Mr. Hale really pays attention to the people he meets. He is of excellent character.”
From the first moments of the Smarter Artist Summit, it was evident that this was no ordinary writing conference. First of all, there was a magical creature known as Amy who rallied all the forces of good. It is roundly believed that Johnny B. Truant, Sean Platt, and David Wright owed her many thanks and encouraged all of the Smarter Artists to thank her by clapping and otherwise expressing appreciation.
This occurred frequently. Sean would identify something awesome and say, “Big hand for Amy!”
And there was much rejoicing.
The protagonist of this story, who will remained unnamed due to his inability to remember every master and student, felt the two day event was magical beyond rational description and secretly wished he was Ben Hale, so that he might know all the Smarter Artists. Do to the benevolence of the universe, he learned a great deal about building a quality writing career and met the coolest people ever. Many of whom pledge to stay in touch with the Book of Faces.
What might have happened if the Smarter Artist Summit never happened? The world would be a less interesting place. Many writers would have missed finding “there people.” Stories that are destined to entertain and inform thousands of people would remain in the dark.
The Presenters included:
Andre Chaperon (Internet Business Guru)
Nick Stephenson (Best Selling Author and Internet Marketing Smart Guy)
James Tonn (Podium Publishing)
Mark Lefebvre (Kobo Writing Life)
Joanna Penn (Best Selling Author)
Julia Kent (Best Selling Author)
J. A. Huss (Best Selling Author)
Damon Courtney (Book Funnel App)
Dan Wood (Draft 2 Digital)
Johnny B. Truant (Best Selling Author)
Sean Platt (Best Selling Author)
David Wright (Best Selling Author)
Amy Teegan (The Amy Teegan)
Jim Kukral (Best Selling Author and Business Guru)
Bryan Cohen (Author of Ted Saves the World)
In time, all of the attendees and presenters will find their names in the story of the Smarter Artists. And that will be the best adventure ever.
Life is an adventure. I read to expand my horizons and write because I must.
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