Day 10: My post of penance

For some reason, my ears just started ringing a few minutes before I started composing this post. I'm not sure what that means as I haven't had any earaches or sinus problems for weeks now.  Oh well, just push through it.

Last night's post was a bit of a self-pity post.  The original draft (which I published for about 24 hours) was way more self-indulgent.  The new version of that post hides some of the bitterness and cantankerous vibe that was coming out of my fingers into the keyboard last night. 

Anyway, onward and upward.  As I said at the end of last night's post, I live in the United States of America - A free country.  I get to publish books on the side.  While they aren't the source of a substantial income, they are still something and I they seem to be the thing I have been most excited about creating for a long time.

The Writing Experiment

So, I'm still working on my first story.  The great news is that I have rounded the corner of the first book's third act.  Along the way, I have taken a couple of liberties from my original outline (a chapter by chapter template) and so the book will be slightly longer than I had originally planned.  Regardless, that will turn out to be a good thing.  As I write this, I have a title for the first one. 

A quick review if this were one of the first blog posts you are reading about my "experiment."  I will lay it out below:

  • Find pre-made covers that range from between $14 and $30 to buy for ebook covers.  
  • Develop a cool central character to have adventures and stories with in a series.
  • Develop one outline that each story would follow loosely.  Some deviation is expected, but this will keep things rolling and on track.
  • Develop an outline for each of those ebook covers that is more specific to the image and planned title for the book.
  • Write at least 500 words of fiction every single day for a month.  Track this progress and then report it daily on the blog.
  • By the end of the month, see how things go.  One novella (for ebooks this doesn't matter) can be any length and is definitely possible.  Two novellas in one month would be awesome.  Three would be amazing!!!
  • Publish the books in a slightly staggered fashion (with the covers of the other books in the front of each book to inform a new reader of all of the great adventures they can read about this character).
  • Write punchy action, brief and concise dialogue and really hone in on writing something you would want to read.
  • Publish books under a pen name.  

And there you have it:  My 30 day writing experiment.

Daily Starting Total: 14 274

Daily Finishing Total: 15 419

Daily Word Count: 1 145