Monday, 7 April 2014

My Biggest Writing Challenge Yet

At first I was going to call this post "My Biggest Challenge Yet" but then I thought that losing 200 pounds is going to probably be a bigger challenge than this. This will seem like child's play in comparison. But I do have a big challenge ahead of me, should I choose to take it.

I had a pretty neat idea for something I could do. I want to practice my writing and write some short stories, and I'd also quite like to increase my profile as a writer and try and increase my income a little at the same time. To that end, I have decided that I will write at least one short story a week. I don't know how long this is going to go on for but I'm hoping to make it work for at least a month, and have four written when I'm done. I also plan to release them all on Amazon for 99 cents each.

I have two ideas for stories right now. One that I'm part way through, and another than I plan on writing after the first one is done. I don't know if the first one will end up being long enough though unfortunately. I want to make them about 7000 words long and so far it's only 2000 words long and I can squeeze out maybe another thousand. But that is the plan.

I'm also going to take some of the advice that you guys gave me last week. I think I might look at some random pictures. I don't know how many of you know this, but my second greatest short story "Tulips" was written based on a picture that I saw. I entered into a flash fiction competition. Then I tripled it's length to put it in the collection of short stories. So maybe I am good at extending after all. Who really knows?

In any event, I hope I can do this and do it well. Well, I know I can do this. With luck I'll be able to do more than four. Maybe even write a good solid 7 or 8 and put them together as a new collection.

Actually the first book is done and you can get it now. I was going to make it free, but it turns out that the free promotion can't be done the day you set it up. It'll be free tomorrow, or you could be nice and throw 99 cents my way anyway. Be sure to give it a rating and a review please and thank you. It's just a short little thing about a man, his son, and a story from his childhood.

7 comments:

  1. That is a smart way to make some cash and keep you in that writing state of mind. I need to write a little every day, or at least work on it, to avoid becoming complacent in my writing.

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  2. I'm glad to hear you decided on doing this. Not just for the cash, but for broadening your audience. That's priceless. Good luck! Also, that's an awesome cover for A Chest of Childhood. I really like it.

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  3. This is a good challenge for you Mark. I just went to Amazon and bought it!

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  4. Good luck!! Sounds like a great challenge I think. If you're ever looking for inspiration/writing exercises, this is a really great book:
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Writing-Alone-Others-Peter-Elbow/dp/019516573X

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  5. thats cool...i used to write to more picture challenges it is pretty fun especially if you do it with a few others to see all the interpretations of the picture.....best wishes man

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  6. The more content you are creating the better, is one way to look at it. Another way to look at it, is to create one work that's really good and unique and put all your effort into promoting it. It's all about finding a strategy that works for you.

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