The Great Fiction Writing Challenge – Week 32 Results
Nothing like distractions to test your resolve. However, it only resulted in more breakthroughs…
Published Words Fiction:
– free –0
– paid – 14456
Published Words Non-Fiction:
– free – 6806
– paid – 3429 (Medium)
Book sales this week:
Amazon – 7, Draft2Digital – 0, Gumroad – 0 = Total Week’s sales – 7
Books (pre-)published this week:
The Lazurai Returns
Tales of the Lazurai (anthology)
Total fiction books published:
62 (Should be at 64 by now to make 100 by year end.)
Chief reason for positive growth is that I didn’t send out any emails this week, other than automated welcomes. Still, those generated 26 people who refused to open even that welcome email. (And those I delete without qualm.)
Main point this week was covered in my two posts this week:
A Beginning Fiction Writing Plan – for New and Old Authors: https://livesensical.com/beginning-fiction-writing-plan-new-old-authors/ and
What You Should Know to Get Started Writing Fiction: https://livesensical.com/know-get-started-writing-fiction/
Main key points are these –
- Use your first year of writing fiction to simply learn your craft and find your audience.
- Put all your books on pre-order out to the depth of Amazon allowing you to (90-days.)
- Only consider real marketing after at least the first six months.
Missteps (in hindsight) –
- Spending money on subscribers (even as low as Instafreebie) instead of getting them through reader magnets.
- Putting off Wattpad and Medium publishing up to this point (6 months.)
Basic takeaway in a nutshell –
Write short and narrow, publish long and wide.
(Meaning: write stort stories and learn the genres you most like to write in, and your audience wants you to write in – and – publish wide to all possible outlets, and publish in anthologies where you can afford to advertise.)
Other Writing Lesson
Stick to your inspiration and quit trying to force it to do its job. Get inspired, yes. But once you are writing “into the dark” as WD Smith calls it, don’t go back to try and plot your book out. Your inspiration will simply clamp up.
I’ve got a huge series of stories to write following C. C. Brower’s “Hooman Saga” into it’s next part – and that will have romance and adventure and mystery in it. But I’m not going to write them if I keep rejecting what my sub-/un-conscious is giving me to write.
I was bugged until Sunday am, nothing but a couple hundred words written. Then I just dumped all the planning I’d done and started writing on an earlier book “The Lazurai” where I had assumed the heroine had somehow ended her existence to save the hero’s wife. I got this “what if” that said she went into Brower’s universe and started a romance with a detective. Of course, it was supposed to be a detective-mystery, but that’s the way it goes. Girl with deadly superpowers saves dying detective and falls in love.
That then gave me enough copy from the two stories to publish a paperback, which is where “Tales of the Lazurai” came from. Of course, I can also have additional stories here. Because in that universe, the cities haven’t yet ruined the planet and unleashed a plague that kills most of humanity. There, the Lazurai would actually become heroes. In other words, I just added in new characters to the first book. And the thought came to me to build an anthology of the stories I’ve already written about this time period. Factually, I may only have this anthology represent those times. Not bothering to write a big sequential history like I did for Book Two, Part One.
And this is just unfolding as I write this.
To Do Last Week:
- Get in my schedule of writing in the am, then business, then watching/reading fiction. – nope (had relatives in and repeated cow escapes from pastures – exhausting in this August heat.)
- 3 short stories written and published. (one original fiction, one anthology)
- See if I can publish my backlist to PubD and SL. (started this test, as they’ve both made changes.)
- Publish one of my books as paid on Medium (first installment free.) – nope
- Get my ARC membership built and running. – started; more work needed.
To Do This Week:
- Get in my schedule of writing in the am, then business, then watching/reading fiction.
- 3-4 short stories written/published (Check into Brower Anthology above.)
- Update PubD and SL publishing flow, update all books2read links while I publish all these backlist books (about half of them, I estimate.)
- Publish two books to both Wattpad and Medium.
- Finish and open the ARC membership.
Also published on Medium.