Trusting your characters to surprise you: 1400 words from Friday, reported a day late

By Holly Lisle

Writing yesterday went really well. I hit this awesome surprise, where one of my characters suddenly did something perfectly unexpected, showing up at my main character’s house with a cell phone video showing the impossible in action.

It was exactly the weird and twisty wonderfulness that thrilled me, and made me laugh, and at the same time made chills run down my spine, because it makes the situation my main character is in so much worse.

After the writing, however, my day took a sideways turn, and I didn’t have the chance to blog.

So I don’t have a spiffy picture of yesterday’s daily progress.

But I did get the words, and I cannot wait until Monday to get back to them. I will wait, because part of the process is religiously observing the two days off that let my subconscious mind refill.

I’m refilling.

So enjoy your weekend. I intend to. 😀

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Last 6 hours of my HOW TO WRITE A NOVEL Early-Bird Sale

By Holly Lisle

How To Write A NovelAt the top of this (and every) page on the site, you’ll currently see a little timer.

Today is the last day of my How to Write a Novel Early-Bird Launch, where the price is about 50% off my projected final price once the class is done.

And as I write this, we’re down to the LAST SIX HOURS.

I have not flogged the launch — we’re close to Christmas, I know money is tight for most folks, I know most folks’ thoughts are going in other directions.

But I promised some of my writers who requested it that I’d give them another chance to buy the class for a low price before I passed the halfway mark creating it.

That’s now.

And right now, the class is $57/month for 8 months, or $456 as a single payment.

There are folks who have a dream of writing a novel, but I can say from experience (having shared that dream), that until you decide to do the work, it never stops being a dream.

And if this is a dream you share, my process will help you turn the dream into your reality.

STILL not going to flog the thing… I put up two downloadable lesson samplers that you can get here:

 

The timer’s going, and once the countdown is done, I will not offer this price again.

Right now, you still have some time, and can look over the first parts of the first fourteen lessons, missing, of course,

  • most of the techniques and demos,
  • all of the worksheets,
  • the class discussions,
  • the assignments,
  • the videos…
  • and the fact that I’m only 15 out of 38 lessons (so far) into creating the class…

 

So the samplers are pretty thin. But they’ll give you a taste of what this is about.

And you can decide from there.

If this is your dream, though, I hope to see you in class, and help you make it your reality.

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Two down

By Holly Lisle

Two boxes checked off on my Path to Freedom writing board now. At 11:59 pm, I stopped taking new students into my biggest, longest, and most involved writing course, the Legacy version of How To Think Sideways: Career Survival School for Writers. Took a picture of my board with its new X… Using my iPhone to enter this and can’t figure out how to ADD the picture, so I’ll put it up tomorrow.

But…two down! And this was a BIG one.

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Discussing “I’ve quit Big Publishing” to publish myself

By Holly Lisle

"I Quit!"

"I Quit!"

Below is the start of an article that’s been a long time coming.

After years of publishing my fiction through big commercial publishers, with thirty-two novels sold to the big New York houses as well as to international publishers around the planet, and more than a million books in print, I have decided to move to self-publishing my fiction.

Why am I going to start publishing myself?

First, because books don’t stay in print anymore with major publishing houses, and my 32-novel backlist has just about vanished.

Second, because I know self-publishing works, and doing this will allow me to write the books I want to write the way I want to write them, and present my stories to my readers without an intermediary.

Read the rest, then follow the link there to come back here…

I imagine it seems a little crazy to walk away from twenty years of publishing with the major New York publishers to go into indie publishing and do all the work myself.

The thing is, as fun as it is to walk into a bookstore and see your novels on the shelf, the rest of the experience gets old fast. Prior to reading John Locke’s book on self-publishing, I was going round and round with myself about giving up on fiction altogether.

I was already publishing non-fiction (my writing courses), and the experience was FUN.  And all the frustration, headaches, and fury associated with my fiction career stood in stark contrast to me being able to talk live to my students in a forum, get immediate feedback on work, and, frankly, get paid regularly.

But I LOVE writing fiction.  I didn’t want to quit—I simply didn’t see a way to make it fun again.  To make it as immediate and joyful for me to create as my nonfiction.

When I read Locke’s book, I saw myself.  Someone who does not care about the numbers, who is not interested in constantly pushing for more readers, who wants only to write stories people love and to get them to the people who will love them.

Being a “team player” has never been my strong suit.  Not school, not in nursing, not in writing.  I’m not writing for everybody, and I’m not interested in pretending I am.  I want to write for the folks who already love what I’m doing, not to have someone constantly push me to make my work blander, safer, and more commercial so it will appeal to people who don’t like what I’m doing.

I was BORN to be indie.  And now I can.

I hope you’ll join this adventure with me.

 

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