It’s no big secret I’ve been having a hell of a hard time writing anything since ROCK came out. This summer, I took a class through Savvy Authors called “The Book Factory.” Kerri Nelson taught it. She shared great advice for authors about how to put out gobs of content despite everything (time, job, family, and other responsibilities) standing in your way. Kerri said the trick to giving your keyboard a workout amidst life’s constant interruptions is simple: write for at least 15 minutes every day and shoot for a minimum of 500 words.
I liked that. Everyone can do that. Even me, post-muse (R.I.P., Muse. You were a fierce friend and a trusty companion. Until you ditched my ass! BITCH.).
So, I took up Kerri’s writing challenge, but I added my own twist: write EXACTLY 500 words every day. One scene. Five hundred words. Not a word more or less.
I’ve been religiously writing 500-word scenes ever since. And I think I’ve gotten pretty good at it. In fact, this post is exactly 500 words. See what I did there? 🙂
The writing is moving along pretty well, but the words coalescing on my screen are … weird. They’re not like my other words, and not just because I’m writing apocalyptic dystopian science fiction with no chance of a happily ever after. These words are different because for the first time in ages, I’m not trying please anyone else. I’m writing for pure FUN. (Granted, the story isn’t much fun for its protagonist, Sarah Coolidge. Poor girl takes a LOT of shit in this tale of gloom, doom, and weapons of mass destruction–BOOM!)
GHOSTS will be presented in serial form, but it’s totally different (I think) from other serials you may have read. Those who follow me and my work know I don’t like boxes–especially where creativity is concerned. I like to bust open boxes, shit on them, set them afire, and put them out with a gasoline hose. In other words, GHOSTS will be typical Kendall Grey in that it’s completely atypical. Ha!
My goal in writing this serial was to fuck readers up. To make you question everything. To annihilate the concepts of genres and order and logic. Who needs those motherhuffers, anyway? FUCK ’em!
In October, I’ll start posting mixed-up, whacked-out, completely non-linear, fucked up scenes from GHOSTS here on my web site. Five hundred words at a time. Except for the part where they become 1,000 words. Or 1,500 words. Or … well, you’ll see.
This serial will be free to anyone who wants to read it, but you certainly don’t have to. I didn’t write Sarah’s story for you. I wrote it for ME. 🙂