Hey, y’all. A few days ago, friend and fellow author Staci Troilo and I were brainstorming ways to increase the number of blog posts we do and have a planned blogging schedule. I already had the Mystery Monday feature in mind, as well as to resume my Friday Week in Review posts. I have to give credit where credit is due. Staci came up with the idea of a WIP Wednesday.
In this case, WIP stands for both “Work in Progress” and “Work in Publication.” Here’s how it works (no pun intended). Each Wednesday, I’ll write a post featuring my current writing project or highlight a previous publication. I might feature character interviews, or tell something about the book’s setting, or what inspired me to write the story.
This feature can also help me to stay on track with progress reports. There’s something motivating when I tell people I’m 20K words into a book and still have the same word count three weeks later. When I post progress reports, I do hope you’ll encourage and hold me accountable—especially when I reach that “messy middle” of a novel. So, even if I feature a previously published novel or story, I’ll also give a word count update.
Hopefully, we’ll soon start seeing WIP Wednesday posts from Staci. (Yes, my friend I know you said it might be a few months. LOL)
I plan to keep a regular Monday, Wednesday, Friday blogging schedule. I will also have posts on Tuesdays to share book reviews, new releases and cover reveals from other authors, or author guest spots. However, it’s doubtful I’ll post every Tuesday. Thursdays are open, and I have nothing planned, but I could also use that day for author guest spots. (Note, I already had scheduled a guest blogger for next Wednesday.)
And now, since the reason for WIP Wednesday is to share about new or published works, I’ll fill you in on my latest project.
After publishing Unclear Purposes in late May, I took a few weeks off from writing to rest and rejuvenate. I believe all writers need to do that occasionally. But the writing bug never leaves me alone for long. I have to write. It’s like breathing air. If I don’t write, I’ll suffocate.
For years, I’ve toyed with the idea of publishing a book of short stories. I have some micro/flash fiction that I used to post on my blog as well as a few unfinished stories. I’ve begun reworking those and have already sent two stories to my critique partners.
It would be easier to write from scratch than to tackle some of my older works that I once thought were “good” pieces of writing. (Cringing at some of the things I’ve written.) But the story ideas were good, and I didn’t want to let them go.
I want the finished book to be around 40K words. Right now, it’s around 16K with the flash fiction pieces and unfinished pieces. I’m also brainstorming ideas for some brand-new stories.
The stories are, of course, in the mystery/suspense/romantic suspense genre. And the working title? Don’t laugh. “A Group of Shorts.” Hopefully, I’ll come up with something much better before the final draft.
So, there you have it. The first WIP Wednesday. Hope you visit often.