Brain Still On Novels
For example, tonight I wrote a 3,600 plus word Thunder Mountain story called “Lost Canyon.” (Saw the phrase on some woman’s sweatshirt tonight at dinner and figured it would be a good Thunder Mountain story. So I wrote it.)
Story works great and I wrapped it into a short story just fine and dandy. And if you don’t look too closely after the cute ending, you don’t ask too many “But what happens next?” I sort of explained in the story what happens next, sort of. Or I pretended I did, but in the novel it wouldn’t work out that way, of course. But that wraps the story down at 3,600 into a short story.
All sixteen stories so far in 16 days could be starts of novels. Every one of them. (Yes, they will be on Patreon soon.) One is an actual start, didn’t even try to wrap it, but the other 15 work as short stories just fine.
As for how I am feeling, after this last week, I am stunned that I got any writing done, let alone any other work for WMG. Climbing back on now, but losing both Dave and Ron Goulart one day after another was a stunner.
I talked about their deaths some in the Motivational Monday videos today, and how something like that can motivate you into doing things that often are put off or need to be done. Probably not a great motivational topic, but what I was thinking about, so I did it.
Now if I can just get my mind off of novels and write short stories that don’t have to wrap up, but can just be short stories, that would be great. I think 16 novel starts in 16 days is enough.
And speaking of mind on another topic, I am finishing up the last three Pop-Ups in the series for the Master Business Class, then will start recording the Pop-Up series that is on the Crimes Collide Kickstarter. And the two special workshops. Kris and I have those pretty much together. They are going to be great. So I’m having fun doing recordings and focusing on mystery fiction.