I published this in 2016. I got it done according to my strict publication schedule, but was never happy with it, so not long after it went up, I pulled it.
I've spent a couple of days going through the plot scene by scene (as opposed to an entire month, thanks to my new writing schedule) and discovered why I was never happy with it.
There's a lot of self-exploration, but not enough action. And there's a problem with the emotional changes of the characters. Lots of emotion, but pretty much the same ones getting more intense all the way through.
Despite getting the cover ready and offering copies to subscribers, I won't publish a book I know has major problems.
I'm going to spend a few days working on the plot now and see what happens. I'll update on that here in the days and weeks to come.
The Chair, however, is finished, and it will be my Halloween gift to the world, on offer at the end of the month. You can look for that around October 31st and there'll be reminders here, on my list, and on Facebook and Twitter.
Like The Body, The Chair, admittedly, is not an entirely new novella. It has been kicking a ball against a wall on Amazon for a while, mostly due to my desire to get several books out in a co-ordinated fashion.
The Body: Go! I'll only slow you down.
The Chair: I'm not leaving you!
1 year later.
The Body: I warned you.
The Chair: Whatever. You done yet or what?
So, grab The Chair now, or get it free for Halloween and sign up for a reminder.
I'll let you know about The Body, but thanks for sticking with me in the meantime!
So, I finally feel like I've achieved a balance with writing fiction and writing content. It's only been a week or so, but it's happening.
Using the pomodoro method (surprise surprise), I'm giving fiction 50% of my work time. I do 4 pomodoros of fiction, followed by a 25 minute break, then 4 pomodoros of content writing/editing, followed by a break.
I pick up each day from wherever I left off. Sometimes that means diving into a short story or this blog post, or sometimes I'll be telling people how to modify a 4x4, the best places to stay in Vegas, or what chiropractic really means.
I'm being disciplined about it, which is key in the experimental stage. I've got a content deadline to meet, so I'm having to write particularly fast when it's the "content turn," but that might be no bad thing.
After writing web content for about 2 years, I worried that it would somehow damage my creative writing. I'll have to leave it to you to decide whether that is true or not, but the signs are good right now.
As a content writer, you need to be able to write well, on cue, on topics you've never thought about before. Often, these are topics that you wouldn't spend much time thinking about otherwise.
As a fiction writer, I need to be able to write well, on cue, on topics I've never thought about before. Hmmm. Not so different after all.
Other benefits of writing and editing a load of web content every week.
I've been calling writing 'work,' without my tongue in my cheek, for a few years. Now this work is getting scheduled rather than shoved around. Deadlines are getting stricter. And these blog posts are helping me stay on track, so thanks for reading.
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I'm Dean Clayton Edwards, dark fiction author with an interest in dreams, the paranormal, the supernatural, and other unusual happenings.