I finished all of this week's planned client work early today as expected, meaning I'm officially on a long weekend at the moment. I decided not to waste it, but to get started on two business-oriented projects - one being to start drafting Three Weeks.
I'm thrilled to say that I did get started today (not a huge amount to be proud of, but getting started is half the battle with me).
I set up the manuscript - took care of basic formatting, put the cover page together, and took care of all of the chapter breaks and titles. Again, not a big deal, but I figure having it all laid out like that will make my life easier. Because Three Weeks involves an intro, and ending, and 15 "short stories" throughout the middle, this way I can just browse to whichever scenerio I'm in the mood to write about and take it from there.
On top of the formatting, I started working on the intro. I finished just the first page, and I'll probably make changes tomorrow when I re-think it, but it was progress, which is better than doing nothing or taking a nap (although those are good too). Tonight was about trying to setup the attitude / personality of the main character and having the intro jump right into things.
If you've read any of my blogs (including this one), you know that I like to drag things out. So fiction is a chore for me (but also quite fun because it takes me a bit out of my element).
Something else I'm doing with this project is re-evaluating my main character's career choice. I have some ideas, but I need to run them by a few folks (I'd like to do something that's actually going to play into a promotional tactic for the book, but it may bring the character a bit too close to home - and there are already a lot of "me" details in this particular character). We'll see.
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Jennifer Mattern is a professional blogger, freelance business writer, and indie author. She began writing for clients in 1999 and started her first blog in 2004.
She owns 3 Beat Media -- a publishing and client services company which operates All Indie Writers as well as several other websites and blogs including The Busy Author's Guide and BizAmmo. Jenn comes from a background in online PR and social media consulting, having owned a small PR firm for several years before choosing to pursue a full-time writing and publishing career.
Jenn also writes fiction under multiple pen names in the areas of children's fiction, mysteries, and horror fiction. Jenn is an active member of the Horror Writers Association (HWA) and currently serves as the organization's Assistant Coordinator of Promotions and Social Media.
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