In all aspects of work life, it is important to analyze what you are good at, and where you really really suck. This way you can get help where you need it and only focus on the stuff where you are least likely to mess it up. I have applied this analysis to my Six Book in Six Months project and realized I pretty much suck at everything but writing. I could probably even make a mess of this since I have decided to write in a foreign language. Do not even get me started on English rules for comma usage.
Therefore, I have pinpointed where I need help in realizing my dream of being an author and where I will get it. I hope this will turn my great stories into great novels on your electronic device of choice.
Fortunately, I have many English and American friends who can tell me where in my writing I have made grave mistakes. Step 1 is to pass the first draft of my books to them for a quick kick in the groin and a blow to my self-confidence. Yes, I have honest friends.
Secondly, I will pay an editor to clean out the last grammatical mistakes, put in the missing commas and make it look like an actual English-speaking person wrote them.
I cannot even make a proper doodle on a piece of paper so an illustrator will help me with the front pages.
When people, who hopefully know what they are doing, have edited and illustrated my books, I will give them to my publicist, PR manager, social media specialist, key account manager, financial advisor and wife (it is the same person). She will take it from there and make sure my books are available at various eBook retailers around the world. Apparently, this is quite easy to do. She will also make sure that everyone who have ever seen Pirates of the Caribbean, heard of Captain Blackbeard, seen a flag with skull and crossbones or even played with a wooden sword will hear of them. Then they just have to be good enough for people to buy them. This is still up to me.
I can write the books alone, but I cannot make them perfect and sell them without help. Therefore, it takes two to tango, or in this case, where it actually takes a lot more people to do something that is closer to a Greek zorba.
People ask me this question a lot, when I tell them I want to write and publish six books in six months. I understand them. I ask myself that question all the time, and I will use this blog post to share some of my thoughts. This post is going to be about the development of the stories.
Since I want to write six books in six months, I’d better figure out what they are going to be about and what the stories should be well in advance. Therefore, I went to my local Chinese stuff-dealer last week and freed him of his stock of large white boards. He only had five, and I do not hope this is a bad omen. Anyways, the white boards are now hanging on my office wall, and they are still quite white as you can see in the photo. During the coming weeks I will fill these white surfaces with plots, side plots, characters, locations, events, twist and other scribblings. I might also make a doodle here and there. This way I will have every detail about the content of my six books ready before January 1. Then I ‘only’ need to write them when we get there:-). That is the plan at least.
I will write six books in a series. It is easier than developing six different sets of characters, universes and so on.
And… I will write about… Drumroll…. Drumroll extends…. Drumroll extends a little more, and now it gets annoying… piracy with a sprinkle of fantasy.
Piracy and fantasy, what the heck??? You might think. If so, here is an explanation:
I love history. As a journalist, I find articles on history the most fun to write. Give me a new archaeological discovery to describe, and I am happier than a kid in a candy store. Of the hundreds of articles, I have written on historical and prehistorical times, articles on piracy have been among the most fun to make. Piracy is in my opinion a fantastic setting for the six fast-paced adventures I will throw my main characters into. It will also be a pure joy for me to write about it.
I will give this piracy setting a hint of fantasy. I love this genre as well, and I think the combination of the two will work very well. Think something like Twilight and Hunger Games meets Pirates of the Caribbean (think I might have put the bar a little high with this comparison).
And then back to the white boards…
In the coming weeks I will think a lot. I will visualize how characters look and act. I will see great battles at sea and narrow escapes through jungle covered islands. A sword fight leaves a young girl mortally wounded, and a tyrant sentences an innocent man to be hanged. Two lovers gets separated, and cannon balls sends a ship to the bottom of the ocean. A man with a golden eye wanders the streets at night, and a ship with a dark secret is left in a cave for 100 years. All of this I write on my newly acquired white boards, and from January 1. and six month ahead I will turn all my ideas it into six amazing stories that I hope you will enjoy reading.
This is my plan and my dream, and if need be I will use 25 hours a day to make it a success.
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