Good Afternoon, World 🙂
I did something a little crazy.
I probably won’t get put away for it, but still. You know. I acted a little… Impulsively.
You see, I’m looking for a way to streamline my creative process. The novella I’m currently editing, “Warmth,” has taken a lot longer to create than I had planned. I had expected to write this puppy in a month, edit it, serialize it on wattpad.com (you can check out my rather empty, still-needs-a-cup-of-coffee page here: https://www.wattpad.com/user/LivMilesauthor) and be done with this. I figured, writing a quick, fun, paranormal romance novella would be a great way to broaden my audience, even if that means sacrificing my revenue on a book.
More than half a year later, “Warmth” is still not completed. I got sandblasted with freelance editing work, article writing, and of course, having a baby. To make matters worse, I’m new to the art of running a business. Writing may be an old hat, but keeping a schedule? Raising a child? Have a life, god forbid? This is not easy shit, folks. It’s not enough to just be a creative person; you have to be conscientious, managerial, and self-disciplined. I’m still learning the latter of those skills, but I’m pleased to say that I am making progress.
But yeah, the crazy thing I did. You ready?
I got on Fiverr, and I ordered a book cover for a novella that I have not written yet. I don’t have a title, I don’t have a plot. I have two main characters, a setting, and a general vibe.
I figured, let’s try writing a story from the other way around, first. We’ll start with the cover, then the blurb, then the outline. At long last, we will actually write the fucker.
So, here I am, waiting for my fiverr inbox to chime. I wonder how I will be spending the next three months of my creative life. Like I said, I need to streamline my process. A 20k novella can’t take almost a year to produce, especially not when I have several full-length novels kicking around in my head. I need my sense of dutifulness to catch up with my imagination. I have to focus, implement daily tasks, and another short novella would be a great way to refine my output strategy. Once I can successfully produce novellas in three months or less, I will go about scaling novel mountain.
Guys, let’s do this.
And enjoy the rain, if that’s in the cards!
P.S. I need to fix my phone, so until I can do this, I’m going to be misappropriating public domain coffee cup images. Can’t stop, won’t stop.