The Journal: A Self-Taught Day

In today’s Journal

* Quotes of the Day
* Topic: A Self-Taught Day
* Of Interest

Quotes of the Day

“But man is not made for defeat… A man can be destroyed but not defeated.” Ernest Hemingway

“One may certainly find a word distasteful or objectionable or obscene, and prefer to not hear that word under any circumstances, but hearing the word does not, in fact change the person who does not like it. Words can have a personal impact on us only if we permit them to do so.” The Passive Guy

“Whatever works for you is the right way.” paraphrasing the smug litany uttered by literally hundreds or thousands of writers who don’t care to investigate other ways

Topic: A Self-Taught Day

Good morning, class. Today you will enjoy a self-taught day. First, your assignment.

Take a look at “Night Terrors” at https://killzoneblog.com/2022/06/night-terrors.html. Read that post. Absorb it. Let it seep into your pores.

If as you read, you

* sense the author’s fear, and-or
* sense how very important that one book (and by her own admission, every book) is to her, and
* begin to experience the sense that your skin is crawling,

snap out of the nightmare and get some relief. Stop and compare that laborious, frightening, self-doubt enabling experience with the sheer, unbridled joy of trusting yourself and your characters and just writing off into the dark.

And if you need a more practical, humanistic slant, consider this: Within a dollar or two, I’m going to charge the same price for the novel I’ve written in less than a month as the author of the above post charges for the novel that’s taken her over a year to write.

Just sayin’.

Under the Weather I’m currently a little under the weather, so if you email me and I don’t get back to you as soon as I usually do, please be patient.

Talk with you again later.

Of Interest

See “Keeping Track” at https://deanwesleysmith.com/keeping-track-2/. Seems to me using the inability to keep trach of stories to not write is a conscious mind thing.

See “What Does it (Still) Take to be a Writer?” at https://killzoneblog.com/2022/06/what-does-it-still-take-to-be-a-writer.html. Nope. If you want to be a writer, you sit down, you write, and you keep writing. If you can’t do any of those, you don’t want to be a writer.

See “Tips to Deceive Characters and Readers” at https://killzoneblog.com/2022/06/tips-to-deceive-characters-and-readers.html.

See “Digging Deeper into Hemingway” at https://www.thepassivevoice.com/digging-deeper-into-hemingway/. Please be sure to see PG’s take.

The Numbers

The Journal…………………………………… 380 words

Writing of Blackwell Ops 8 (tentative title, novel)

Day 11… 3134 words. Total words to date…… 23240
Day 12… 1257 words. Total words to date…… 24497
Day 13… 3078 words. Total words to date…… 27575
Day 14… 1597 words. Total words to date…… 29172
Day 15… 1901 words. Total words to date…… 31073
Day 16… 2569 words. Total words to date…… 33642
Day 17… 3741 words. Total words to date…… 37383
Day 18… 2229 words. Total words to date…… 39612
Day 19… 2117 words. Total words to date…… 41729

Total fiction words for June……… 33628
Total fiction words for the year………… 45405
Total nonfiction words for June… 12840
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 93450
Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 138855

Calendar Year 2022 Novels to Date…………………… 0
Calendar Year 2021 Novellas to Date……………… 0
Calendar Year 2021 Short Stories to Date… 0
Novels (since Oct 19, 2014)…………………………………… 66
Novellas (since Nov 1, 2015)………………………………… 8
Short stories (since Apr 15, 2014)………………… 217
Short story collections……………………………………………… 31

Disclaimer: I advocate a technique called Writing Into the Dark. I’ve never said WITD is “the only way” to write, nor will I ever. However, as I am the only writer who advocates WITD both publicly and regularly, I will continue to do so, among other topics.