Well, yesterday I reported finishing a short story titled “Beats All.”
Yesterday early evening I read it aloud to my wife. At the end, I frowned. “This sounds like the beginning of a novel, doesn’t it?”
(I’ve long known and preached the value of reading aloud. Yet I’m still amazed at how valuable it really is.)
She said, “Yes. It ended, but it isn’t finished.”
Okay. Ugh. Now I have two novels going concurrently. And they’re in the same world and feature some of the same characters.
The Platinum Blond Perturbance will be the third Detective Galecki novel and it’s told from his POV.
Beats All features Galecki and another detective, but it’s told from the POV of a minor criminal.
Before you ask whether I can combine these, this is not a mix-and-match situation. Each of these recent novels have been first-person single-POV efforts, something I’m practicing.
I only jumped ahead to “finish” Beats All yesterday because I was certain it was going to be a short story.
I’ve already removed it from the lineup below (I clean up the Notepad version of this Journal as my last act of business each day) so I won’t add it back until I start writing it again.
I still think it works as a short story. Sometime today I’ll put together a cover for it and get it out to donors.
Then it’s back to The Platinum Blond Perturbance.
Topic: The Differences Between Amateurs and Professionals
Really, this isn’t a topic so much as a tease. To read the whole post (it isn’t mine), please visit https://medium.com/the-mission/the-7-differences-between-professionals-and-amateurs-f8efc4840861.
Here are the highlights:
1. Amateurs wait for clarity. Pros take action.
2. Amateurs want to arrive. Pros want to get better.
3. Amateurs practice as much as they have to. Pros never stop.
4. Amateurs leap for their dreams. Pros build a bridge.
5. Amateurs fear failure. Pros crave it.
6. Amateurs build a skill. Pros build a portfolio.
7. Amateurs want to be noticed. Pros want to be remembered.
A lot of gems to be mined in Jeff Goins’ article. I hope you’ll visit.
Today, and Writing
Rolled out a little after 2. Routine stuff for the first hour or so, then wrote much of what’s above this.
At 4 I decided to get the admin stuff out of the way. I created a cover for “Beats All You Ever Saw,” then formatted and uploaded it to D2D and Amazon.
Finally I posted it to the Free Story page on my website, then emailed the .mobi copy to my donors. All of that took about an hour and a half.
Around 6:30 I signed up for a free Ko-Fi account. It’s yet one more place where visitors to the site can make a donation or “Buy Me A Coffee” if they want. For an example, see my page at https://ko-fi.com/A37113T2.
Finally around 9 I started cycling through the novel, getting it back into my head. I’m not worrying about word count today. I just want to get back into it and see where it goes from there.
Well, I’ll call this a good day, despite writing just over 2000 new words on the day. I guess I’m easing back into this one, but I’m still having a blast.
From yesterday, via The Passive Voice, “The 7 Differences Between Professionals and Amateurs” at https://medium.com/the-mission/the-7-differences-between-professionals-and-amateurs-f8efc4840861.
At Dean’s, “Story Seventeen” http://www.deanwesleysmith.com/story-seventeen/.
Fiction Words: 2201
Nonfiction Words: 610 (Journal)
So total words for the day: 2811
Writing of The Platinum Blond Perturbance
Day 1…… 1381 words. Total words to date…… 1381
Day 2…… 1864 words. Total words to date…… 3245
Day 3…… 2136 words. Total words to date…… 5381
Day 4…… 2201 words. Total words to date…… 7582
Total fiction words for the month……… 19491
Total fiction words for the year………… 228047
Total nonfiction words for the month… 9510
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 66850
Total words for the year (fiction and nonfiction)…… 294897
The Daily Journal blog streak……………………………… 511 days
Calendar Year 2017 Novel Goal (15 novels)… 4 novels