One of my current projects is a short instructional booklet entitled “How-To Slay a Writer’s Dragon: Or, Poor Richard’s Twisted Sister.”
I know—funky title and all that. It takes on the issue of clichés and how to incorporate them (or their semblance) with freshness and without sending editors through the roof. This is the first in a series of teaching booklets about some of those writing dragons that wordsmith’s must battle before they can get good stories out to readers.
Once the first booklet is launched on Kindle, another will follow every other month, for a total of six planned in the series.
At the same time another series will be in the offing as well. This one will be a series of quasi-related short stories, showcasing secondary and minor characters within the YA novel I’m working on titled “Wisher’s World: Composing an Apprentice.” Each of these stories is intended to alternate months with the Dragon booklets.
There are some who think my mind has slipped more than a few cogs with this plan, but I don’t agree. If anything, my focus should tighten during the process. The short stories will help solidify background material that I couldn’t otherwise use. This same material helps me keep chronology, relationships, character behaviors, and the like straight in my mind. It’s important to my overall understanding of the story.
The “how-to slay writer’s dragons” booklets will solidify personal knowledge of the craft while I’m working on other projects. When in front of the classroom, I recognized how much better my understanding of the subject became while teaching others. Hence, this project helps everyone.
Also, now that my computer is once more occupying my desktop, I can finalize my new Author’s Website and get it launched this weekend. There will be an announcement here when it goes live so that interested parties can pop over there and take a gander.
The excitement is building about the new site, simply because the only thing being talked about over there is writing. I’ll be able to separate my concentrated efforts again. Even though my time will be split between the two sites, the emphasis here can remain on the philosophical and non-fiction side, primarily. Writer’s issues can go to the author’s website instead.
Somehow, that makes things easier for me. I won’t feel so much like a split-personality any longer. I can organize my efforts more economically and professionally, I think, once the other site is up and running. And that reduces stress for me.
There you have it, folks—my news for the day. This week is filled with webinars and classes, work on the revision of Dreamie’s Box, and a physical rearrangement of my office. AGAIN.
You’ll hear from me by the end of the week about the website launch and the launch of my first Dragon booklet. That will be shortly after the website. So, until we meet here again, have a great rest of the week.
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