The Great Fiction Writing Challenge – Week 48 Results
Post NaNoWriMo. Wrapping up the year, with a summary of what I’ve done. Interesting overview…
Published Words Fiction:
– free – 6842 (Own Site)
– paid – 23011 (D2D, Amazon), 0 (Medium)
Published Words Non-Fiction:
– free – 895
– paid – 0 (Medium)
New Instafreebie/PW: 357 (262)
New Others: 0
Overall Total: 3423
Book sales this week:
Amazon – 8, Draft2Digital – 0, Gumroad – 1 = Total Week’s Fiction Sales – 9
Books (pre-)published this week:
- Last Witch Dance
- Witch Mystery: Dixie
- Witch Mystery: Raven
- Witch Mystery: Ruby
Total fiction books published this year: 124
Total short stories published as individual ebooks: 97
Total anthologies published: 27 (plus two 200+ page books)
Countdown to 100 published short stories: 3 in 4 weeks
(100 total short stories, plus around 7 more anthologies for 34 total = 140+ original books published in a single year.)
Bugged books solved
Found those books that stuck in the pipeline and debugged them – “revising to editor’s request” – and either removing offending text (notes about their being parts of an anthology) or writing more (in two cases) to fill out the plot and get them closer each to my 6K usual. Need to now go back an update that anthology…
Plotto Detective Mysteries
Spent some time reviewing what goes into a detective-mystery – as well as re-reading my own “straight ahead” writing for this – finding that I hit the marks required, without notes. Because I have 8 covers now with an interesting space-time jumping gal whose name is “Erotika”… I want to do procedurals of these, with a semi-serial approach as they tie into another in the series – even the last then ties back into the first one.
This lead me back to Wycliffe Hill’s “Plotto Genie” books and extracting via OCR the lists he has, in order to crank out a spreadsheet that will generate tons of new combinations. I found that what I like most is to take the Wallace Cook “masterplots” and then build these with a hero, romantic interest, helper, and villain – each with their own attributes. Then let the characters write the stories. Even get an inspired location that would fit.
Still working on what Hill wrote/compiled about the Detective-Mystery story – which started this all out. Those 8 books I have with the same time-space-jumping woman are all a test of writing procedural mysteries. Like the TV series Quantum Leap. (Which was good enough to follow through the entire set, despite his cross-dressing.)
Pulling the Summary Together
Spent a few days also going though the 47 weeks of reports to make a summary. Now I have to highlight the key points, and summarize what I learned. Not a lot of surprises, but I can see now what I worked on, where I wanted to go, what my ground plan was, and how it evolved.
This week, I plan to write (in addition two 2 or 3 new stories) a “What I Learned” document.
Plans after that will be to probably generate the “Pulp Method Writing” anthology, an update to “Plotto: The Endless Story” and also the other 7 anthologies I plan to publish. All the more reason to get these last short stories out of my system earlier than later.
More visitors in three weeks, plus needing to get firewood for winter. All to interrupt my writing.
Don’t know about these. But it’s got me going. I thought up a great character and title “Erotika Jones” – about a play on words where the actual word means “the outcome of love” (not technically a “love child”.) Somehow, she gets recruited to solve mysteries by a strange time-agnostic detective agency. Mainly involves the point that the “own grandfather clause” is fiction.
I’ve eschewed procedurals as I don’t like to watch them (“Murder, She Wrote”) in favor of the characters evolving through a long story arc. (“Quantum Leap”, “Star Gate”, “Sherlock”)
So this is a complete different challenge in writing – particularly as the last book ties back into the first one – and they are all going to be linked in disrelelated fashion to each other, not straight-ahead serials. And will probably revise them each as they go, incorporating the following book into the “also wrote” excerpt at the end.
Again, if you aren’t growing with every book, your writing is going stale.
Update: This set of books is something entirely new – but is a time-space shifting female detective who is stuck in a loop – so the entire series flows back and forth with her adventures. More inspiration coming on these…
Hooman Saga Spin-offs
I wondered toward the end whether I’d have anything to write about when I got done with the second part of Book II. Originally, there was going to be a Book III about life on that Saturn moon. But that’s not too interesting right now.
Of more interest is that I left a bunch of volunteers on the Moon’s surface who are going to be evolved and trained to survive in space, given the original purpose to protect earth. All that makes for interesting ideas…
The point is to stack up a lot of interesting material around so there is plenty to write.
Next Challenge Beckons
Here is the point where I wrap this challenge up a month early, mostly. Just to do the summary as part of the Challenge and then start the next one.
Meaning: I’m planning for the next challenge to be only 11 months long. More than likely, I’ll do the third year’s challenge springboarded from the second, just as this one is built out of my first.
I do see already that I’m planning to do regular fiction launches in addition to non-fiction launches (especially of courses.) Whether these can both be done concurrently is another question entirely. I do have way more material to publish and “coursify” than I have time.
Also got a Go-Pro and a drone to film my grazing data through the year. Again, a content business works from what is selling, which itself is derived from following your own interests and passions.
Napoleon Hill’s TGR podcast needs a summary book and course. A huge editing job of itself.
But that will be the first point – examination of resources. Follows “data series” approaches, that I will have to edit into usable-English material (I actually did this once, already – just need to do some archaelogy on my hard drives.)
Shift in Priorities
I did note that with moving to production goals, I’ve moved off working up conversion goals. Both of these changed during NaNoWriMo, as the emphasis went onto production – even while the Kickstarter mess was churning in the background.
Crowdfunding for authors is all marketing – not writing. And not for self-starting prolific authors such as myself. My resistance to this is that it is actually coaching, and not a course as they originally claim. Now it makes more sense. (Still, wish they had been more upfront. Apparently have been intending all these kickstarters to launch on the same date – and enforcing their “students” to get started on promotion, even though it’s entirely optional. That insistence comes up as only being able to enter “Yes” on certain steps – a mandatory entry. I won’t be launching my kickstarter at all – just doing this course to learn more about them. So I get a bit rankled at their “one size fits all” approach. This isn’t Amazon or Facebook…)
My use of this is to work out what can be used for a launch. In those cases, you want to move people over to paid subscribers and premium subscribers, as well as simply launching the book already on pre-order. And you want to be giving away material for the 90-day session – or at least promoting for the specials for 60 days, then doing a 30-day blitz – although the Jeff Walker material needs to be reviewed on this, as they use a much shorter launch window.
Grist for the mill.
Last Week’s To-Do’s:
- Two new short stories – NOPE, revised four books to make them work.
- Emails out DONE
- Another Kickstarter Lesson DONE (FWIW)
- Compile the 48 weeks of text into a single document and start digesting the lessons learned from this challenge. DONE
This Week’s To-Do’s:
- New Podcast Recording (Mon)
- 2-3 new short stories written and published
- Another Kickstarter Lesson and updating my site for them.
- Analyze the Challenge Summary document and author “What I Learned” article.
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