Saturday, October 31, 2009

Rules -- Third Edition

First off, Happy Halloween, all. Hope you're having a fun, interesting, and most of all heart-stoppingly scary All Hallow's Eve.

So, time for Tweet_Book_3. I've known which story I wanted to write next since sometime in the middle of the madness that was Tweet_Book_2 (or 47 Echo, as the novel is actually called), so what I was going to write was never at issue. The way I was going to write it, though -- that was something I had to think about.

See, it's not enough of a challenge to me to just load up Twitter on the Web and copy and paste that night's work into a series of tweets anymore. I've done that, twice. I've proven I can write that way (to the tune of 130,000 words, no less). Also, the way I was putting the tweets together was a little confusing (and thanks to the brilliant and talented Rick Chesler, whose Wired Kingdom is definitely worth a look), what with all of the broken-up sentences and all.

So, here are the new rules for this go-round:

  • First, I'm writing the entire thing from my Blackberry Curve 8330 using the outstanding TwitterBerry application.
  • Second, I'm going to try (as much as possible) to make all of the tweets complete sentences (for ease of reading).
  • Third, tweets will be spread out more over the course of the day -- this is partially by design (as I'll be live-writing direct from the Blackberry) and partially to make the account less spammy.
  • A minimum of 20 tweets a day (approximately 500 words) is still in effect, as with previous projects. However, I'm going to try like hell to get this one done in two months, so it may be something more like 60 to 80 tweets a day. Good thing they'll be spread out more.

Those are the rules so far -- I plan to start the new book soon, just after I put up the last few supplementals from 47 Echo. Stay tuned, and thanks for reading!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

The much-lauded wrap-up post. . .

Finally, finally getting around to writing a wrap-up post for Tweet_Book 2: The Revenge of the Sequel. I finished off the first draft on Friday night (well, technically Saturday morning where I am, but I use Pacific time to give myself the largest possible window to get stuff done).

Statistics from this round:

  • Just south of 71,000 words in about three months
  • Apart from taking Sundays off (which I built into the rules this time around), still haven't missed an update.
  • Average posting was around 700 words a night.
  • Five (well, really, six) Supplementals posted -- at least eight coming down the pipe in the next couple of weeks.

I really had a lot of fun with this one. Editing's gonna be a bitch, though -- just looking around randomly, I realize I sacrificed language for story progression quite a bit. However, there's very little fat in the book, so it'll probably get bigger (rather than slim down due to cutting) as I edit.

Also, there will be a third Tweet_Book project, but it's going to be a little different this time around. Stay tuned -- I think it's going to be interesting.

As always, thanks for reading -- I'm simply blown away by all of your suppport.