Happy New Year to all!
I have a number of important things I’d like to happen in 2018. Most of them are writing related, of course, but I don’t mind including a few personal goals in there.
What are your resolutions?
First, I officially finished the (now) second-to-last scene of this episode, and am sitting proudly at 43,952 words. It actually took rewriting the entire previous scene to kick me back into gear, but I’m so glad I did. I was never happy with the point of view I’d selected for that scene, and it’s much better from Iolië’s point of view.
The next challenge was deciding how much to show and how much to summarize in the next scene. This is already going to be a long episode compared to the first one, and while I don’t want to adhere too rigidly to a word count, I also don’t want to leave any room for arguments about whether my readers are getting shortchanged compared to the previous episode. If one episode is 30k words compared to the previous episode’s 20k words, that is definitely a place I don’t want to be. I think 25k words is about as long as I want to get, and this episode is already at 23,863 words. Episode one was 18,245 words.
I am not going to contemplate that right now, this is about summarizing. Read More
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