It’s been a while. I’ve been writing, but not posting. Something I should probably do.
I didn’t participate last year, but I decided to do NaNoWiMo this year. As I am still working on “Redeemer”, I felt it would be a good idea to continue with this book as my goal for NaNoWriMo.
In that vein, here is what I wrote today as part of Day 1 on NaNoWriMo. My daily goal is ~2,500 words, today I hit 3,100 (note: this is completely unedited, meaning there will be typos and other problems):
First of all, if you do not have a Kindle, do not fear! You do have a Kindle-enabled device. You are using it right now.
If you have a Windows or Mac PC, an Android, Blackberry, or iOS phone, you can download the free Kindle app for your device of choice – or for all of them. Then you can get the books that way. Also, as a bonus for Amazon Prime members, you get free books every month simply for being in Prime. Don’t miss out on that opportunity!
The shock of rain stopped with the same sudden ferocity as it began. The soft sands of the Great Fair turned to mud, and rivulets of brown water ran through the harder packed dirt of the streets and paths. Shamash burned through the clouds and a mist followed, rising from the ground in a smoldering fog of steam. The mist and fog created by the sun heating the wet earth created a layer of white and grey vapor rising to just above the camels’ knees. The camels, stinking of wet fur and dripping, plodded along, unperturbed.
Thanks in part to the commitment of Camp NaNoWriMo, I have reached a point in “Snake Charmer” where I am about 1/2 way through the story. This has also put me in the position to be able to release the first three parts of the story, at about 60-70 pages each, on Kindle.
Doing it in parts like this affords some positive benefits:
For those who absolutely can’t wait for “Snake Charmer”, they get a chance to read it as soon as possible.
If they pay attention to promotions or use the Kindle Lending Library, they could – in theory – get all of “Snake Charmer” for free.
I get a chance to “edit as I go”, making sure all of it lines up right and has the right tone.
I get feedback from readers as I go.
Very important one: the free promos of the books helps to generate interest in them. It may also generate interest in “Firedancer” and “The Shifting Sands”.
One of the cornerstones of Amazon Marketing is “Quantity is everything” – the more books out there with your name on them, regardless of length, the more likely your name becomes one people recognize.
So I will be spending the weekend not writing so much as formatting for Kindle. I hope to have the first part out next week, the second part the week after, etc.
I have also found, in the past, it helps to motivate me to write even more when I break it down into smaller parts. Don’t know why – maybe the task seems less daunting or it is because I know there are people out there waiting for the next segment of the tale. It worked well with “Firedancer.”
“The Shifting Sands” – a war story, a coming of age tale, and a harsh look into the reality of PTSD and soldiers, is now available on Kindle for $2.99 and free on Amazon Prime.
This book started out as a NaNoWriMo project which blossomed into an intensely personal look into my own past and my own demons. It was written by a soldier, using his own experiences to weave a fictional tale grounded solidly in reality, and then vetted by other soldiers who went through similar experiences.
In short, I believe, it is as accurate a portrayal of the maze of emotions, memories, and struggles of war and PTSD as I can write. For this reason, I am releasing it – something I otherwise might have kept to myself due to the personal nature of what is contained within the pages.