The Journal: Trust Yourself

In today’s Journal

* Welcome and a Progress Report
* Just a Note
* Of Interest

Welcome and a Progress Report

Welcome to the new subscribers who signed up over the past several days. I’m glad you’re here.

I should be back to somewhat regular posting soon. In the meantime, be sure to visit the Journal Archives. The archives are posted in downloadable, fully searchable PDF files. Together, they comprise a master’s class on writing fiction.

I’m still kind of waiting for the dust to settle from me switching over from one web host to another. It’s taking so long (two weeks so far) because the old host is refusing to release my files — um, as if that will somehow make me want to stay with them. Head shakingly stupid business practice.

Anyway, once that migration process is finally finished and the domain name servers have propagated to the new host, I’ll finalize some things with regard to my websites: specifically this Journal, my author blog (currently at Substack), and my professional book-selling online presence.

I also plan to switch my emailings from MailChimp to MailerLite. But no worries. If you’re a subscriber, you won’t miss anything. If you aren’t yet a subscriber, you can subscribe by clicking http://eepurl.com/5676v.

Either way, just keep hangin’ in there. Things will be back to normal (only better) very soon. And thanks for being here.

Just a Note

The first two items in “Of Interest” today are dubious at best. Both contain some good information, but both are presented by folks who believe you can “create” something good in fiction with the conscious, critical mind. You can’t.

Still, I recommend you read the posts, absorb what they have to say that makes sense to you or “feels right” to you.

But then forget about it and simply trust that your creative subconscious will apply what it learned when the time is right. Because it will. But only if you trust it.

Beware: If you send signals to the creative subconscious that you don’t trust it — signals of self-doubt or incompetence — the creative subconscious will react accordingly. And trust me, you don’t want the stories to dry up.

Talk with you again later.

Of Interest

See “What Writers Can Learn From The Godfather” at https://killzoneblog.com/2022/07/what-writers-can-learn-from-the-godfather.html. Read, absorb, then forget and write into the dark. Trust your creative subconscious.

See “What Writers Can Learn from I Was Prey” at https://killzoneblog.com/2022/07/what-writers-can-learn-from-i-was-prey.html. I don’t personally buy into this one, but Sue genereally knows what she’s talking about. Again, read, absorb, then fuggidaboutit and write from your creative subconscious.

See “A Fun Teaser” at https://deanwesleysmith.com/a-fun-teaser/.

See “Infographic: Reader Centric August Observances to Bolster Your Author Branding” at https://www.amarketingexpert.com/2022/07/08/reader-centric-august-observances-to-bolster-your-author-branding/.

The Numbers

The Journal…………………………………… 450 words

Writing of Blackwell Ops 8 (tentative title, novel)

Day 19… 2117 words. Total words to date…… 41729

Total fiction words for July……… 0
Total fiction words for the year………… 45405
Total nonfiction words for July… 3940
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 98070
Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 143475

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.