Sorry for the lack of blog updates over the past few days… the good news is that I’ve been writing! It’s been a fairly prolific week; at this pace, I may hit 40,000 words by the weekend. Close to halfway through the book. With any luck, I’ll be sending the first half of the book back to an editor before the end of the month.
As a first-time writer of fiction, I continue to be fascinated by emerging patterns, and the overall evolution of my writing. For instance, I much prefer writing dialogue to writing back story/background/scene transitions. Don’t ask me why. I’ve also discovered the shower as the absolute best place for brilliant story ideas. Again, don’t ask me why. And I’ve finally become comfortable in forging ahead to new chapters, rather then endlessly editing the chapters I have (somewhat) completed. It’s harder than you can imagine, leaving chapters alone when you know they aren’t quite done. Now I know – they’ll never be done.
One final note – less than two weeks left on the Kickstarter project. If you plan to contribute, do it soon!
As my Kickstarter project passes the halfway point, I’ve been thinking more about my request for funding from friends, family, and even strangers. Let’s face it, I’m a one-percenter – which is part of what I think makes this project interesting (and fun for me). But it also raises the question – why do you need money? For me, it’s about validation of the concept, and something concrete I can show to the publishing world.
Here’s another perspective. I was surfing through some other Kickstarter projects, and came across a project launched by Spike Lee. Last August, he raised over $1.4 million for his latest movie project. In his video and in the description of the project, he discusses the question – why should people give money to a wealthy, successful filmmaker?
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If nothing else, that guy’s got some crazy cool stuff to give away for his rewards…
OK, enough. Back to Rudy and his most recent crises. But please keep sharing this project with your friends!
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