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    nastyjman Senior Member

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    Short story is finally done... And it's not very short. It's like 8000 words kinda' short. It's still in 2nd draft, so it may get whittled down more.

    Not sure what my next project will be. I'm guessing that I will need to create the outlines for the short stories connected to my series. I think I'm going to do that first before I work on the second novel. Once the outlines are done, I will then work on the 2nd draft for the second novel.

    As for the marketing efforts, I finally finished the draft for a blog post about my own copywork exercise routine. I'm also planning to do some critique on short stories as part of my outreach. I'll still give advice here and there, but critique should also be part of my efforts.

    I'm still in my infancy with regards to this self-pubbing business. As what the great Mitch Hedberg once said, "This is all part of my get-rich-slow scheme."
     
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    Finally posted my blog post on a favorite exercise I do everyday: copywork.

    Link: http://jonmayo.blogspot.com/2018/01/copywork-exercise-for-writers.html

    Writing that post took a while, but it gave me insight on how I write non-fiction material. Fiction and non-fiction writing are not the same. I presumed that the process would be the same, but it was clearly not. I struggled a bit, sometimes forcing myself to sit down and just write whatever comes. But now that I've produced something that I enjoyed writing, I can further refine my non-fiction writing process.

    I have some ideas on what to write next in my blog post, but I have to take a break from that for now.

    This week, I've been brainstorming and outlining the short story collection for my series. I have eight ideas so far, and one complete outline. I think I'm going to limit it to five shorts. I'm kinda' excited for the collection because I want to experience what these characters are going through. An outline is bereft of emotion; there are gaps in it. Writing the actual story fills in those gaps, and you get to "act out" a scene as if you're an actor.
     
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    Jeezum, you couldn't find anything longer than It or Shogun? Though I imagine copying things like, "Perhaps the anjin-san would like a dog or a duck to pillow with" would make me smile.
     
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    Hehehe. I don't intend to copy all of it. Just a chapter here and there.

    Shogun is a treat to copy. I like seeing how the author transitions between heads since the narrator is omniscient.
     
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    I've done a little bit of copying and didn't even have a name for it. I've never approached it with a regiment in mind.
    I'm going to give this a go. Thanks!
     
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    I finished outlining the short story collection for the series. I intend to give this out for free if folks join the newsletter. Or maybe use it as a promo to get people to my website. I'm aiming to finish this short story collection in three months. Hopefully I keep my deadline. Once I'm done with that, I plan to finish the 2nd draft of the second novel.
     
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    Been a while since updating.

    I'm working on a second draft for a short story I'm writing for this series. Current strategy is to write these short stories involving the Abandoned Series, give them out for free and then compile them together as a short story collection that's permafree.

    I've also gone Kindle Exclusive, so I don't have my stuff in the other platforms. Since it's my first novel, I think I need to be focused instead of broad. I'll go broad once I have more titles under my name.

    I'm refining my writing process as I go. The outlining process is getting better, and my daily writing routine is getting less painful. I tried to begin writing without warming up with freewriting, and that failed. I am now dependent on my four-minute freewriting warm-up. Revision is still a struggle, but I'm getting accustomed to the flow of things. I want to get my process down so I can create things relatively faster.
     
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    I need to be consistent with my blogging and social media-ing. It's the ugly side of being an author (at least for me). When I get home from an arduous day at work, I just want to relax, log-in on my characters and then throw shit at them until they triumph over the conflicts and dilemmas I have given them.

    But if I want to be a success at this, I need to do some mercantile work. I have been silent for the past month with regards to that. My twitter feed is bear, and my last blogpost was at the end of February. However, I've been sending out short stories to magazines, so at least I'm doing something on the back-end of things. But I do need to work on the front-end of things.

    I'm toying with the idea of doing some scene analysis on some movies and novels. We'll see if I commit to that. Being active in the community is another possibility, but I don't want to force myself to post on social media just because I have to.

    Anyway. The short story anthology for my series is nearing completion. Once that's done, I'll be working on Book Two.

    See you in a few weeks (or a month). Keep on writing!
     
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    I have something planned for posting regularly on my Twitter and eventually Instagram. I don't want to reveal it now, but you'll see it eventually in my feeds.

    I am finalizing the short stories for the Abandoned series. Currently four are near completion. I want to write two more just to pad the collection, so that may take another month or so.

    The second novel is still simmering, but I'm planning to print that baby up this week. I can't wait to mark that up with red ink, commentary, cutting critique and some salty tears.

    Compared to other indie authors, I am writing at a very slow pace. I'm okay with that. I am still getting my legs on this industry, and I'm learning as I go (though in a snail's pace).

    I've canceled my Kindle Exclusive, and I'm back to distributing my book wide (hey there, click here to get my book!) I didn't like the thought of being stuck with one distributor. Also, I've invested some cash on Amazon ads. I may lose that money, but I'll chalk it up to "tuition fee."
     
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    1st draft of novel #2 printed out.

    Now the HARD PART o_O

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    The second novel is finally being worked on; the proposal outline for the second draft is being drafted. With the lessons I've learned along the way, I am somewhat confident on how this sequel will go. Once I'm done with the proposal outline, I'll return my focus on the short stories for the Abandoned series. There are four stories, word count approximately 16,000. I intend to distribute that for free.

    I've been changing and innovating how I write my stories. My outline method looks daunting and only intelligible to me and me alone. I'm sure every writer has their own process where it looks like madness. That might be the reason why not all writers reveal their writing process. They may pull the curtain just a little bit, but they won't fully unravel their Frankenstein of a writing process.

    The scene analysis has been working great. It helps with traffic to my blog, and it also expands my knowledge on the writing craft. I've hit a snag, however, on the highlighters. I just learned that you can only buy them by the bulk. My blue highlighter is drying up, and Amazon will only sell me in packs of six or twelve. I may have to suck it up and just buy an assortment.
     
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    I am about 20% complete with the second draft for No Heroes' sequel. The first half of the book was written by the seat of my pants, so now I'm tightening the belt to make sure none of the plot threads are loose.

    The bi-weekly scene analysis is back on track. I'm slowly finding out how I would format it and what type of content I should be including. I decided to write my analysis on a single section instead of a rider to each page. The latest analysis follows this format, and I'm happy with how it turned out. (Link to the latest analysis)

    Lastly, I'm creating an outline for a new novel I'm planning. For this novel, I intend to send it to publishers or agents. That's still far in the future, but the outline is slowly building as ideas come to me. By the time I'm finished with the sequel, I'll have a complete outline for a new book.

    As always, keep writing!
     
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    About 35% done on the 2nd draft.

    I've formalized how I approach the copywork exercises. Before, I was a bit intimidated when drafting the blogpost on the exercises. Now, I'm kinda' confident on the entries. I've devised a questionnaire for myself, and once I've answered all the self-imposed questions, I draft the blogpost with those answers.

    The third book, which is not connected with this series, is still in the outlining phase. I think this will be my workflow: draft or revise a novel, and then plan on the next novel. I had called myself a pantser before, but now I see the benefits of outlining: it allows you to work on a future project without fully committing your brain power on the current project.

    The third book will be about "doorways."

    Lastly, I've decided to stick with Kindle Exclusive, which means that my current book is only offered in Amazon. I'm still a newbie in this publishing game, so I'm taking a cue from the video game industry. Once I have more books under my belt (and more experience), then I'll open up the channels on other platforms.

    As for life? Recently celebrated the fifth anniversary of marriage with my husband.

    http://jonmayo.blogspot.com/2018/09/september-2018-update.html
     
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    Little victories...

    One of my short stories was accepted by Wild Musette Journal. I'm over the moon.
     
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    Congratulations!
     
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