The sliding gallery of images shown above is a collection of cover art from the books I have published. The images are linked to the Amazon page listing the book.
Progress made during each week will be found on this page.
I have allotted 8 weeks (more can be added if needed). The first week will, at a minimum, capture:
– my list of story ideas,
– the concepts I attach to them,
– a choice of which idea I think is the best and finally,
– the development of the story arc.
After that, it’s off to the races! Some weeks may have a couple chapters, some may have more. The page will have a brief discussion of what I encountered, thought, etc while writing. The work that will go into the book will be presented as an embedded PDF, showing the prose, crusty with typos awaiting my editing passes. There may also come a time when I rip out a whole section because it doesn’t help the storyline (even though it was fun to write). I chose to use embedded PDF’s so the pages wouldn’t go on, and on, and on . . .
Two progress bars have been placed on the site which will display my estimation of the percent complete for total effort Story Arc => Proofing/Editing and total word count as the weeks pass.
I consider the story arc so important to my entire process that upon its completion I believe the entire effort is 30% complete. The actual writing of the book is 50% of the effort and finally 20% for proofing and editing (Arghhh!). Consequently, while the Word Count progress bar will continue to grow, the Total Effort bar will only change from 0 to 30%, from 30 to 80% and finally 80 to 100%.
The books I write usually reach their conclusion around 50,000 words. It’s just what happens; the number of words is not significantly important to me. The completeness and concise delivery of the story, though, is very important.
For those who are interested, I’ve included the following definition of book classifications (novel, novella, etc) as defined by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. This is their standard. As far as I can tell there isn’t a uniform standard across all “Genre”.
The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America specifies word lengths for each category of its Nebula award categories:
|Novel||over 40,000 words|
|Novella||17,500 to 40,000 words|
|Novelette||7,500 to 17,500 words|
|Short story||under 7,500 words|
Total Word Count
41,840 of 41,840 Words
100 of 100 %