Today I completed the first episode of a series I’m starting on Amazon. The Writer: Chronicling the End of the World is a new adventure I decided to take. Set in the same world as my first two books this series follows one guy as he sets out on a quest to document the destruction of society. What maybe difficult is the fact it is a weekly series. I have never done anything like this before. So to help learn and prepare myself for the task at had I started reading two books that were written in this format. The first being the famous Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes. The second is a series written for a newspaper and later collected under the book title Musashi by Eiji Yoshikawa. While my series is once a week I will be reading a chapter from these books once a day to learn the flow and style of these writers as I go.
My only fear with this project is that I will be learning as I go. I’m sure I’ll make mistakes along the way and there will be ups and downs with the story. In the meantime I want to give my readers something steady to look forward to while they wait for my next book.
I shouldn’t be surprised that I took this route. Growing up I read comic books and was fascinated with the creative process of those men that created endless stories month after month. The dedication and mind set to stay on a task like that always puzzled me and now here I am going on the same path. Years ago I learned about newspaper series that were a common find in all over the world. Every week a new episode of the story would be revealed and readers would pay for a paper to see what happened next. Why this ended I don’t know. Instead the sports section became important and “Ask Betty” became the everyday read.
I’m doubtful that this will take away from any other projects and hope that it satisfies my readers in the meantime.
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