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73 days to a novel: Distractions and wordcount

So there I was thinking that I’d just been away from the blog for a couple of days and that it was time to update it, and checking the last post I see it has been more than a month. Woah, time flies! But also, that kind of gap isn’t good. If there is one thing this blog should be good for, it’s exercising the finger muscles each morning before I do some writing, so there is no excuse really!

Couple o’ thing: firstly, worrying about wordcount. I need to stop this. I write twice a day (needs to fit around my day job, alas), but I always have one eye on the wordcount. This doesn’t seem quite right, as I need to be writing to whatever length I feel like at the time. Writing is an art, so by restricting everything with targets and daily goals, etc, is a bit too scientific. So long as I’m hitting roughly what I need each day, then no problem. A bit more, a bit less, doesn’t matter. So that’s my focus for this week, not worrying about wordcount. The fact is that while I’ve said Dark Heart will be 100,000 words long, I might get to 99,000 and discover I’m only halfway there. I’m hoping that’s not the case, but you know, stories are strange and sometimes they spring surprises on you.

Secondly, I’ve been working on a second project which is really exciting. I’ll be talking more about this during the week, but I’m prepping my first eBook for release. It’s The Devil in Chains, my Dark Heart prequel novella (well, very short novella – it’s only 27,000-ish words, which is the bottom end of the range). It was originally published in two halves in Pantechnicon… well, it will be, as part one came out at the beginning of December last year, and part two will be out sometime in the next couple of months. But the eBook release is the whole shebang in one – and the exciting thing is that it’s going to be available not just as a PDF download from this blog, but as a Legends eBook for the iPhone and iPod touch, available for purchase through the iTunes applications store, and also as an eBook for the Amazon Kindle!

And the purchase model? Well, it’s pretty easy. You can download the PDF for free from this blog. If you read the story and like it, you can buy a copy for US$2/UK£1.50. If you have an iPod touch or iPhone, grab the Legends eBook for US$2. If you have an Amazon Kindle, buy the story from for US$2.

Why buy something you can get for free? It may sound counter-intuitive, but it’s all about supporting writers. Authors work hard on their stories to entertain you. Giving you something for free is actually a pretty big deal. So be a patron of the arts! If you like the story, and buy a copy, send it to friends and tell them you liked it! And if they liked it, get them to buy a copy! And so it goes.