Novel Publish Project

lintonheadshot-243x300This means I’ll be talking about my writing process, what I learn from self publishing, and what I learn about marketing on a weekly basis. I call it the Novel Publish Project. Lets get started with week one.

Current word count is 22,497 words. My plan and hope- this is where the inexperience kicks in -is that this book is at a minimum of 75,000 words. What I have done so far today is to consolidate chapters making them around 3,000 words each. This took me from 22 chapters of various lengths down to 9 chapters. The reason I did this is to make the chapters a more reader friendly length. Something I learned from an author on one of the podcasts I frequent. The 3000 word length chapter was given a little more import when a friend of mine said he wrote his chapters that length for the same reasons. While I was consolidating I noticed that the 3000 word chunks worked well together and may have made the chapters stronger . We will have to wait for editing to see for sure if the chapters work as they are now.

Another benefit from this is getting familiar with the story. I have taken a good long while off from writing because of some recent life changes. All of it good, so have no fear about that, but it was time consuming. I am a little concerned about finding the characters voice again and maintaining the continuity of the story after almost a month away from it. Again, if I fail in this it will have to be fixed during editing.

The last thing I want to touch on for now is my schedule. Before, when I was on the road, I would get off from work eat and then get on my computer. Time would be spent writing, on social media, watching movies or shows, and reading. Now that I am coming home to the family everyday I want to be sure to spend time with them as well as getting some words down. I plan to get some words written on my lunch breaks, but like before the duration and time of said breaks fluctuates. Lunch breaks are too chaotic to count on for getting words written on a daily basis. Writing at home will have to happen. This is something I will be discussing with my wife so we can work out an acceptable schedule.

Well, I’ve gone on for long enough. These posts will be short so a good majority of the time I have can be spent on writing story. Look for another update next week. I’ll be talking about how difficult or easy it was to slip back into the story and into my P.O.V. (point of view) character.

Till then I bid you farewell.

Writing progress update

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I hit a little snag in my writing schedule recently. What happened you ask? Life happened. I went home and spent time with my wife and moved from an apartment to a house. Moving is always difficult and never fun. With all the moving behind me now it’s time to get back to writing.

I’m trying to produce at least one short story per week. My goal is to  practice my craft and grow as a writer. While I do this I continue to work on the Fat Boy Hero project. I am still exploring some ideas for the story and plot.  To aid in the creation of this story I was on the Roundtable podcast and it will be out this week. The twenty minutes with is already available and I believe the workshop episode my drop today.

Not long ago an Author and friend I was chatting with offered to read one of my short stories and give me some feedback. He told me that the story was a mess but he saw potential. I think it was more in me than the story he read. So he has agreed to continue reading my works as I produce them and give me feedback. We have only done two so far but the difference I have seen in my own writing is incredible. I can’t express enough how grateful I am to my friend for this.

So far I have gone a long way toward fixing my issues with tense and I’m now working on word choice. Additionally, my focus is on   creating dynamic characters that are worthy of read’s attentions. I’m probably a long way from having this figured out but I have a starting point. I know I need my characters to be sympathetic and easy to relate to. I need to also ensure my characters seem to have a life before and after the story. A rich history, weather the reader learns of it or not, will help to make rich realistic characters. At least that is my current thinking on the subject.

As if that weren’t enough I have decided to start challenging myself more by exploring genres that I have not yet touched. My latest story delved into the horror genre and I’m thinking of going into thriller next. To add to the challenge I will be writing the other more than I have previously. By this I mean I’ll be writing stories from the perspective of people that are as far removed from myself as I can go.  Stories starring a female protagonist, for example, as well as characters of other races and more importantly from different backgrounds then me.

On to a non-writing topic. I have decided to start drawing a small and simple picture to accompany each of my posts. The first of which is attached to this very post. These won’t be anything special just a quick down and dirty sketch. My hope is that this will give me the practice I need to become the artist I once was and eventually to surpass my previous skill level.