The first excerpt from the Fireward series has been posted, under The Red Book. Future excerpts from that book will be posted there as well; we have ten episodes to go before the Red Book is complete, and I am just finishing episode two. I’m not sure right now how many excerpts I intend to post; one scene per episode? Or a few selected scenes from the entire book? So many things to consider. In any case, it’s exciting to put it up for the world to see, and also hopefully gives me another kick in the pants to keep going with the story.
In other news, I am 40,421 words in, but it’s not because I only wrote 100 words this past week. I took some time to re-plot this last scene (it’s a very important one) and scrapped what I had before. It’s definitely not fantastic, but for Christmas week, I’ll take it.
It came upon the midnight clear,
That glorious song of old,
From angels bending near the earth,
To touch their harps of gold:
“Peace on the earth, goodwill to men,
From heaven’s all-gracious King.”
The world in solemn stillness lay,
To hear the angels sing.
It’s best to discuss serial fiction early, as it’s a somewhat controversial and risky experiment. Before I ever started writing the Fireward series, I decided it wasn’t going to be in a traditional book format. What I had in mind wasn’t a straightforward story and it never felt like any of the other stories I had written. It wasn’t just plots and characters, it was a whole world to explore, and almost instantly I had so much depth to that world that I couldn’t conceive of locking myself into the narrowly plot-related elements of that world. It came into my mind in episodes, each building on the last but still diverging in unexpected directions. The thing that I need to tell not just this story but these stories is flexibility.
The thing you do not get in the publishing world today is flexibility. It may be controversial to say, but if you look at the numbers, it is a depressing picture. 99% of writers will never make any money at it. It’s a net–and massive–loss in terms of the time spent writing and polishing a book that is either never published at all or languishes somewhere in the 20,000s on Amazon. Accepting that reality, you have to accept that an even smaller number of that 99% will ever be picked up by an agent or publisher, and a still-smaller number of THOSE will ever turn a profit. Read More
It’s always hard to start a blog. It’s even harder when you’ve done it five, six, possibly seven times before. The empty page looks daunting, and it’s hard to figure out what to say about yourself.
This is a writing blog. I am a writer. I have been since I was maybe nine or ten, and attempted to include my brother and sister in the new project by asking them to come up with monsters for my heroes to kill. At thirteen I had an epic fantasy novel planned; at eighteen I had trilogy, and by twenty-four or so I had a backlist of stories to be written that has continued to expand to this day.
I have finished two novel-length stories. I have gotten to about 40,000 words on three others. I have written fanfiction, poetry, short fiction, speculative fiction, and attempted novellas that almost inevitably expanded to unfinished novels. At this point I don’t doubt my ability to plot and tell a good story. I just doubt my ability to sit down and finish the thing.
So in addition to the inevitable business reasons a writer might have to start a blog, this is also an attempt to track my own progress, keep myself accountable, and find some inspiration. It’s also a way to connect with fellow writers and hopefully discuss some interesting subjects, because the one thing writers like more than writing is talking about writing.
As of today I am 40,341 words into this series, working on the last scene in the second episode. This time next week, I’ll update with the word count again.