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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Where to start?

I'm really getting the itch to start writing fiction again.  After looking around the internet and reading a couple of books, I know the days of getting paid for short stories is just about over.  I'm not above putting some work out there to get some publicity, but it's no way to make a living. 

So, if I'm really serious about this whole writing thing, then I need to get started on a novel. 

I had thought about waiting for NaNoWriMo, since I did well with Script Frenzy, but I'm afraid if I wait that long then I'll have lost the bug.

So here's my questions (and feel free to put in your 2 cents worth):

1. Should I set a personal time/length limit like on Confessions of the Unpublished?
2. I want to write urban fantasy, but feel like vampires & werewolves are done to death.  Is there any market for yet another one?
3. I have a story I could see becoming novel length and lending itself to a series.  Should I try to lengthen what I have or try to start with a fresh idea?

So what's your thoughts?


niassne said...

Just do it. Honestly your first novel will likely be a huge bust. With that thought in mind, why not just do it and get through the process once? It will show yourself that not only can you do it, you have!

Then again, it's not like I've ever written anything so please disregard if you so choose.

Unknown said...

What would you think of fairies and/or other magical types? It could be fun to research or make up your own lore surrounding fairies. They can control their size and their wings are retractable or some such. Just putting it out there. So far as a deadline goes I think you need one!! But I don't think that a full book deadline would be good. Maybe do like a X word in X days or maybe X chapters in X days.

Witless Exposition said...

I guess it's just my fraud syndrome kicking in. I do need to just jump in and do it!

There's a good bit of fairy stuff out there (I think), but there's always room for a personal touch.

I'll have to figure out a deadline that works for me.

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