For the past few months, I’ve been really busy. It feels like two sides of me are organizing the year ahead when it comes to new projects. Writing has always been my go-to when finding inner peace or to unravel the concepts involved in life. While I am an avid consumer of entertainment, I strive to be a content creator. I’m here to entertain the masses.
But, as it turned out, I’ve really branched out when deciding to become a narrator. It gave me another outlet to express myself.
So that, understandably, has taken up a lot of my time. And I don’t mind. I love immersing myself in being a storyteller.
If all goes well, I should be quite busy this year when it comes to my full time job. But, my productivity has slowed significantly with writing.
So, for the new year, I’ve given myself a new goal. From this date forward, I am done working on Novellas and Short Stories.
There’s a couple of reasons why:
1. Short stories and Novellas are quick to produce and I want to challenge myself more and not just take a quick dip in and out of worlds.
2. For the rest of the year I want to work on ONLY Novels. So that’s anything over 50,000 words in length.
3. I have a backlog of novels that are screaming to be written.
4. And I want to get at least 3 full novels done this year.
Currently, I’ve been taking my written works and have put them up on Audible. Three of the titles (Right Outta My Mouth, Village Americana, Pickpocket Frankie) are narrated by me. But the majority are narrated by other very talented people. The reason for this is two-fold.
First, I know I don’t have time to narrate everything I have written. Besides, there are some stories I’ve written where I have convinced myself that I am just not the right voice for it. Second, since I started narrating in 2014, Audible Acx has had a swell of new narrators. Thousands more people have gotten into this field. A lot of them are looking for their first book to narrate. I remember when I was looking for that chance to become the voice of somebody’s story, so now I’m offering that to people who are trying to break into the industry.
Also, I’ll be moving to a different house. Which will be a big change for me and my family. And since this seems like the year for big change I figured why not have big goals.
But, dear reader, there are more titles to come in the future.
I’m putting the final touches on two novellas.
One is called The Digital Novelist and the other is called The Loop. They’re both what I’ve come to know as Sci-Fi Horror.
And they are the final two stories I’m going to include in my newest collection titled Night of Novellas. (6 novellas in all with introductions, extras and behind the story segments)
The last novella I’ll be working on before I jump headfirst into novels will be a title I call The Transcriptionists. It’s a crime thriller that came to me one day.
But, after all that, it’s Novel or Nothing, folks.
I still have a list of titles that have been percolating long enough.
THE BIG SCI- FI BOOK is the one I’m most anxious to return to, as it also ties into another title I’ve written called Thief of The Gods: An Area 51 Confession.
I’d also like to return to Mr. Dead Eyes 2. Because the audio book for the first book is in production now and it sounds great. It’s giving me new ideas of what I can put in the second installment.
I also have two spinoff sequels to Pickpocket Frankie. These two books don’t have the titular character Frankie in them. These are more focused on two big characters mentioned in the book. And those are both crime thrillers.
I also have another novel planned for the private investigator Thomas Wilker. But this will be set way before the events of Mr. Dead Eyes.
Add to that a behemoth novel I have planned that is in the genre of literary fiction. I don’t know how long it will be, but it will definitely have a large cast of characters.
So, yeah, it’s clear to me that the novels in my head are screaming for attention. And all I have to do is open the door. Why wait, right?
Remember, always set new goals for yourself every year.
And, as always, keep writing.