Posted by Mitch Mitchell on Feb 26, 2009
Some of you know that I’m a dreamer inside. One of my dreams is to write a book of fiction. Nonfiction is my strong point, but for years I’ve been working on a detective story here and there, when I have the time and the mindset to try to do it right. I belong to a writer’s group, where we meet once a month and share examples of our writing. Last night, for the first time in probably a year, I got to read a chapter of my book to the group, and,… well, let’s just say that as a television script it might make it, but as a book it needs some work.
One thing all writers look for are readers in some fashion. For instance, on this blog, I wanted people to read, or consume what I’ve written, so much that I added the Odiogo plugin so people could listen to my submissions here. It’s too bad it didn’t go backwards, but, hey, it’s free.
Now, this is where a good idea comes into play. I have a friend named Tim Dodge, one of my Writer’s Group cohabitants, who’s written a goodly number of things. One of his latest projects is a book called Acts Of Desperation. I have read the story and loved it, and I gave him my critique of it back in the summer. At this point, he’s doing lots of editing, but at the same time he’s decided to share his story chapter by chapter, and he’s doing it through a website he created called Acts Of Desperation; makes sense, right?
What he’s doing is very creative. As he edits a new chapter, he creates it in a pdf format for people to download and read, but he also records it as a podcast so people can listen to it if that’s what they prefer. By doing it his way, and knowing that there are people following the story and his progress with it, he makes sure to keep on some kind of legitimate pace to make sure he can keep the readers happy. I know I wouldn’t like it if I read chapter 7 then had to wait 9 months for the next one.
Anyway, take a look at it and think about reading or listening to his story as he adds more and more to it. This is a great idea, and it’s something I might think about myself one day, if I actually finish my story first. He’s also on both Twitter and Facebook (has a fan page on Facebook), where he can alert people when he’s got something new up on the site.