The Ebook / Kindle version of our “Nine Streams of Consciousness” book publishes today! See it live on twitch.tv – twitch.tv/drewwagar
I began watching Drew Wagar’s Twitch stream on its second episode. He started out by teaching viewers the basics of good story telling, and his personal process of writing. Through his weekly streams I rediscovered a love for writing which I had set aside years ago. Soon I began to consider the personal challenge of writing a novel myself, but that seemed like an insurmountable mountain to climb.
Drew decided to offer a new challenge after we had gone through most of the basics of good writing. Rather than learning in a lecture / question and answer style presentation, he suggested we could collaborate on a sci-fi anthology. We could learn what it takes to create a book by participating in it hands-on. That was an easy choice for me. I was all in. The idea of contributing a short story or two, supporting each other under Drew’s guidance, and assembling and actually publishing a book was an exciting, reachable goal.
We began by brainstorming, envisioning new worlds, and creating a timeline of events into which our individual stories could be grounded. The goal was to write a series of independent short stories, told in our own personal styles, that could stand on their own – yet be interconnected in a grand plot.
We began the process of individually writing our first drafts. I read and re-edited my initial story over and over. Edit after edit, revision after revision, would I ever rid it of the flaws that popped up like weeds? We each experienced the challenge of critical review before our peers. It was a vulnerable feeling, but we realized the critiques came from someone who had our best outcome at heart. We learned to edit and integrate our stories together, to bridge the gaps, and connect them. We learned how to work together.
My favorite part of the creative process was seeing ways that we could insert references of events, places and characters into our stories, tying them together into a complete adventure. When we finally got them all assembled, we had a novel-length book.
Those of us who were new writers had no idea how much effort it would take. However, as I look back on what turned into a year and a half long project, I’m proud to have seen it through to completion. I know I have personally grown from the experience, and so have my fellow authors (wow, we can call ourselves authors now!) I worked with a great group of strangers from across the globe, strangers whom I now consider good friends.
Thanks Drew, for the inspiration and the willingness to share your gifts and skills.
I created two promotional videos for our anthology and have been posting them on Facebook and Twitter. I am trying to walk the line between putting them out for marketing purposes and going overboard and spamming. Here they are for your viewing pleasure. Publish day is coming!
The publish date for our sci-fi anthology, Nine Streams of Conciousness is set! The plan is to release the e-book format for Kindle on Amazon – March 30, 2020, and in paperback book on April 27, 2020.
“A collection of science fiction stories from new and established authors, brought together through the Twitch streaming platform.“
I have four short stories in the book. All stories follow a collective timeline and overall story. So each of us wrote stories to fit into the timeline and move the overall plot forward . This is a bit different from other anthologies where the only connection between the stories is a common “theme”, but are otherwise all unconnected.
There was nothing left we wanted to discover.
Complacent, we turned inward.
We had given up on our quest to learn our place in the universe.
Then our hand was forced by fate.
A calamity unforeseen.
In the struggle to survive, would we lose ourselves in myth and ignorance, or seek the answer to the greatest question:
Are we alone?
We’re getting closer to a final draft edition of the sci-fi anthology we are planning to release on Amazon in a month or two. One thing we have been looking at is the flow and connections between the stories. Although the the stories are written by different authors and take on their own character, we want the overall book to have an overarching connection between the individual stories.
In the process of reviewing all the stories together we found a few places where we needed to build a bridge between a few stories. I had intended to just write the three stories I have already submitted, but I took up the task to write one of these bridge stories. So I am now going to have four short stories in the anthology.
We hope to have the book available for purchase on Amazon as a print-on-demand paperback and as an ebook for Kindle and other readers sometime in March of this year. Deadline is approaching! I better finish up this fourth story!
The anthology, in which I’m going to have three stories in, needs a cover design. I’m playing around in Blender (3d computer rendering program) to create the colony ship that is part of several stories in our book. It might be used as part of the cover art… or might just be for my own entertainment. Here is what I created so far…
I have been involved with a small group of writers (about nine of us) for a little over a year now. Some are experienced, published authors, others are new writers like myself. Author Drew Wagar has been leading, directing and teaching us how to write and publish a book through this hands-on project. We designed a sci-fi timeline, back history, and star system in which each of us wrote one or more short stories. The stories are tied together by the overall timeline and presented chronologically in a single anthology novel.
Most anthologies I have seen are a group of stories that are unrelated except maybe by a common theme or topic. This should be a fun to read since they are all independent stories but will tell an overall larger tale as a complete book.
I was able to write one larger (10k word) story and two shorter stories, of a few thousand words each, for the project. It was a learning challenge and a lot of fun.
My three stories are entitled:
• Off Target
• Shattered Worlds
• Justified Accidents
We are in the phase of final drafting, proofing, compiling, and creating cover art. The plan is to have it published as an e-book and print-on-demand paperback on Amazon in March of 2020!
Thank you Drew for teaching and leading us in this great project!
I have taken up the challenge of writing 50,000 words in one month in the form of a first draft of a novel. I registered to participate in the NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) annual challenge. I’d not even heard of this before despite it being an organization that is celebrating its twentieth year. (Yeah I am a noob).
I had a concept and a partial story idea already started, so I signed up late, and I’m going to give it a run and see how much I can get done during the month of November.
I finally had my short story critiqued by someone who knows how to write novels, and well… He said I have a good story and did my conversational text well, but my story was doing a lot of TELL and not SHOW in many places. I knew about this concept but somehow I was blind to it until Drew went through it with me and showed me where I was doing it and how I could make it better. Now it seems so obvious to me. I am surprised how I didn’t realize it before.
So this week I did some major revisions to “Shattered Worlds”. I added a lot more character dialog to replace the boring telling I had let creep into the text. I added more physical description of character actions SHOWING what they were feeling and pulled out the plopping down of overt motivations and emotions which I was just TELLING the reader.
I am sure it is not done yet, but I am feeling a lot better about it now, and I think this short advice that Drew gave me really brought some new life to my story. Really appreciate your “brutal review” @drewwagar.
I have my short story of about 10,000 words into the secondish draft editing phase. My little sci-fi story will be a part of an anthology book project which Drew Wagar started on his twitch creative stream.
His stream started last year with him teaching us the basics of writing a novel and getting it published. After a few months he had the idea that his stream followers might like to participate with a real writing project and proposed we collaborate on an anthology that we could have published on Amazon as a digital and paperback. We have 8 or 9 new and experienced authors participating. We spent a few months designing an overall backstory and Star System where our tales will take place.
So hopefully by Next December we will have an actual book published!
if you are interested in reading about Drew… here are some links:
Our Twitch stream project: