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Reading Stack Meet Writing Stack

Raise your hands if you’re like me.  You read.  Relentlessly.  You buy books.  Relentlessly.  There is always a stack of books on your nightstand or in the corner or spread out throughout the house.  The stack grows bigger and your frustration that you can’t read it all matches that growth.  You are a reader, faced with a mountain of reading material that grows and grows and grows.  And there are so many books you wanted to buy but you haven’t because, well, you know.  You don’t have the time.

Then you become a writer.  You start small.  A story here, a poem there.  A novel gets done.  And then something happens.  You develop a writing stack just like your reading stack.  The ideas percolate and become words on the screen.  New documents.  And you don’t have the time to work on all of them, let alone complete them.  Your frustration grows and grows and grows.  There are so many stories you want to tell but you haven’t because, well, you know.  You don’t have the time.

That’s where I’m at.  The writing stack is beginning to match the reading stack.  My three half-completed novels sit gathering e-dust on my hard drive, while I’m suddenly distracted by three major short stories that I’m working on.  How the hell did that happen?  These stories will most likely all end up being somewhere between 10,000 and 20,000 words.  One of them is prompting me to imagine a series of three similar stories — because it really won’t work unless it’s a part of a series.

The good news is that I’m finding a way to work on one or two of those three short stories almost every day.  So, I’m writing regularly again.  The bad news is … well, maybe there isn’t any bad news.  I’m writing.  Bit by bit, I’m writing.  While the stack grows.

By the way, for regular readers who have seen bits and pieces of my work posted here, the three short stories are:

A major addition to Northville Five & Dime, prompted by discussions at the writing workshop regarding that story.  As posted way back when, it was just shy of 2,000 words I think.  It’s now approaching 4,000 words and there is much, much more to write.

Continuing on with Deviation, using the Seven Day Story Challenge over at We Drink Because We’re Poets to keep the boys moving forward  The story is now at 5,902 words and yes, there is much, much more to write.

The Lobbyist, a new story prompted by, well, let’s just say it’s a whole new approach to writing for me.  That’s all I’m going to tell you.  🙂

One of the things I’ve decided to do with each of these is publish them as individual pieces for Kindle.  Each story will be long enough for me to justify doing so.  They’ll be able to stand on their own.  I’m curious to see what will happen if I start publishing single stories like that — not novel length, but somewhere between long short story and novella.  Charge .99 and see what happens.  I’m convinced that one way to try to make this self-publishing gig work is to increase the volume.  Maintain quality, but get more stuff out there.



11 responses to “Reading Stack Meet Writing Stack

  1. tjtherien August 14, 2013 at 7:12 am

    hey Mark just wanted to let you know I tried to do the free download of Weed Therapy, but every time I tried it prompted me to pay for Amazon Prime at a cost of $79 sorry couldn’t do it… maybe I’m doing something wrong I’m not the most computer literate

    • kingmidget August 14, 2013 at 7:14 am

      Interesting. I don’t think you need to be a prime member for the free download.

    • kingmidget August 14, 2013 at 7:23 am

      Are you clicking to buy or clicking to borrow for free. Borrowing requires Prime membership. But right now you can buy for free without Prime.

    • kingmidget August 14, 2013 at 7:32 am

      Interesting … just pulled the Amazon page up for the book and there’s no Borrow option there. So, I’m not sure why that’s happening to you. During the free download days, you don’t need to be a Prime member to get the free download. Keep trying?

  2. Carrie Rubin August 14, 2013 at 8:16 am

    I admire your ability to work on different projects at the same time. I find I can only focus on one. And then I just have to pray the next story line comes to me when I’m done…

  3. Charles Yallowitz August 14, 2013 at 8:29 am

    I’ve been there for years. My hope is that both stacks get big enough that I can make a literary fort and hide from the world.

  4. kdavisfanclub August 14, 2013 at 9:38 am

    I have empathy here, sir! so long as the stacks are still pleasant to look at instead of daunting…?

    • kingmidget August 14, 2013 at 9:45 am

      How about both pleasant and daunting.

      • kdavisfanclub August 14, 2013 at 10:09 am

        understood, pal. Sometimes I look at my stacks with a sigh but mostly with a covetous eye (glad I refrained from using ‘piles’ instead of stacks, that sentance could have been awkward!). Keep smiling, best wishes from Baldy 🙂

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