Ok, so one of the things that terrifies my most in life is challenges. I suck at them. I get behind where I think I should be and instead of fighting to get back in gear I give up. It's why I didn't even bother trying Nanowrimo in 2014.
But I'm going to do it again. I am a sucker.
The challenge (posed by someone in a private membership group I am in) is to write and publish 30 short stories in 30 days. They have to be a minimum of 3000 words each (because that is what Amazon Kindle tends to prefer). Other than that, the only rule is write daily and publish.
I know I am capable of 3000 words a day. That's an hour and a half of writing, roughly. Add a half hour for getting it up on Kindle, making cover (I'm going to try to make a bunch ahead of time) and maybe two hours of work. Ya, I'm busy with my writing sites and working part time and stuff like that. But I can do this. I know I can.
I'm going to be working on two series of short stories. One will be under a pen name that will not be made public so I'll simply refer to it as "The Other Series".
One is going to be my first set of published work that I am public with and under my own name. Well, a version of my own name. I'm writing under Dani Gibbings - Dani is the name that I was known as by everyone who knew me before I moved away from my hometown and people started calling me Danielle and I kept using that professionally. Lots of people do still call me Dani though. Gibbings is my maiden name.
The series written as Dani Gibbings is a sweet romance series. I'm not going to say too much more about it but I have a site set up under that pen name so if you want to keep up with the stories (they'll be published under Kindle Unlimited so if you want to read them get yourself a Kindle Unlimited account to read the for free. Otherwise, they'll be 99 cents each) go to DaniGibbings.com and I'd suggest signing up for the email list. The series is called The Red Dress series and it is a modern day fairytale/sweet romance (no sex, no swearing).
I'm going to update here each day about my progress, books published, and words written. Kind of like what Dean Wesley does with his Writing in Public series. I think it will be an excellent tool for myself to have something to look back on and hopefully, some of my readers will be interested in seeing what happens and will be encouraged to step it up and challenge themselves.
I am doing a little bit of planning ahead. I'm outlining each story - loosely, but I need to have at least an idea of what I'm going to be writing about for the day. When I don't have a clue, I get scared and don't write. I may not follow that outline exactly (sometimes the characters tell me that I was wrong about what I expected and they take off in a different direction all on their own. Honestly, this happens), but at least it will be there.
I've got the cover template set up for The Other Series already. As it follows five characters over time it makes sense that the covers will all be the same but with a few modifications. That means I can get them all ready within a short period of time.
The Red Dress series will have three basic covers, each used 5 times, with modifications. So, once I decide on what pictures to use an set up the basic font and stuff, they will not take too much time to get ready for publishing either.
So, that's it. I'm scared shitless. But determined. I haven't even told my husband yet. Better tell him before he reads this post! LOL
Questions? Ask in the comments. :)