The New Writing Project for 2013

Blogging about a piece that has just been conceived is a bit daunting, but here goes anyway.

On Saturday last (3 days ago) I started a new writing project, based on pairing a couple of wild ideas and drawing inspiration from – of all places – a trip to a hardware megastore in the far outer suburbs. As yet the plot and characters are nebulous to say the least. I’m writing it for the eBook market, in particular aimed at workers who read on a long commute to and from work. 20,000 to 30,000 words is the target. This is an experiment for me, as I’ve only recently embraced the fact that the publishing industry has changed and I as a writer also need to change.

So I’ve decided to blog about my writing experiences as I forge through this piece, in the hope it will:
(a) Inspire you in your own writing
(b) Help you learn from my mistakes
(c) Keep me honest and on-track to get my manuscript finished and ‘out there’.

My progress so far:
One of the two main characters is inspired by a woman I saw at the hardware store – her appearance was rather striking. There HAD to be a story there. But I’m not a reporter; I didn’t want to ask her about her life (I’m far polite for that), so I’m making it up.

When I got home, my brain went into overdrive and I jotted down a rough sketch of the plot. It will be adult mystery fiction, with a touch of romance.

Yesterday morning I woke up with a good opening line, so I sat down at the computer and wrote the first 1,000 words. This took me about 3 hours. I’m not a fast writer, but I try to write something every day. When I’m working on a project I aim for 5,000 words a week. (I got that number from Stephen King, who says he writes 2,000 words a day. I figured if I could manage half that amount, I’d be happy.)

So, I’m on my way …


About Debbie Terranova

Debbie Terranova is an Australian author of contemporary and historical fiction. 'The Scarlet Key' published in 2016 is the second Seth VerBeek mystery. The crime-busting reporter is back with a new cast of unforgettable characters and a new puzzle to solve. It's about live, love, death, and tattoos, with a touch of the mystical. 'Baby Farm', her debut novel, is a cozy crime mystery about forced adoptions of the 1970s, and a surrogacy and baby trafficking racket. It is the first of the Seth VerBeek series. Debbie Terranova is a prizewinning author of short stories: 'Mowbray Brothers' about growing up in East Brisbane in the 1920s; and 'Mischief' about reinventing yourself and in the process falling in love ... with an adorable but mischievous cat.
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