I have been preoccupied a bit lately. Got started on a story I feel
confident will be a novel. Currently, I am finishing the development and
planning phase of the story.
Found a method which seems to function well enough to help me outline
stories. It also helps in letting me see that a story is worth commitment.
Used to set and free write, wind up getting fouled in the plotting or
fleshing out the body.
Coming at a story this way changes that by letting me have a map. The
map can be changed if needed, it is not set in stone. It still frees
me up by relieving stress associated with not having a clear path from
start to finish.
Think I will continue using this method. And no, there are no spoilers
here. The story will be written under a pen name.
Either I will market the story by direct submissions to publishers, or
I’ll submit it for agents. Few will know to correlate any pen name/s
that I use, with me. Not writing for any fame.
I write to tell a story, hopefully readers will be entertained. Readers
may expand their horizons as well in becoming educated with different
points of view. Yes, I may earn some modest revenue. I have family, we
need to live. I will also ensure we make charitable contributions to
This is in part what I’m choosing as a career. Another part is having
fun and working a bit hard, being a down to Earth country boy and small
scale Gardner/Farmer. I’m also a husband and a Papa to the critter kids
who choose to live with us.