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At times it was a mad rush, but when there's a deadline looming as every writer knows, you have to just knuckle down and get it written.
With fiction it's usually a more relaxed (and civilised) way of writing, well normally. You have your pace that you like to write at and you stick to it.
But all that's going to change for me over the next five weeks. I'll be writing 2,000 word chapters in real time, from idea to going live to schoolchildren in just two and a half days.
Quite recently they accepted a story idea from me called The Mysterious Indian Vanishing Trick, and tomorrow, June 14th, chapter one will go live to thousands of children all around the country. The chapter ends on a cliffhanger and my protagonists have to decide what they should do next. There's three choices, and the schoolchildren vote on what the character's should choose.
The results are relayed to me by the following Tuesday, and then I write the next chapter and another three choices by the Thursday, ready for that chapter to go live the following Friday! Phew!
There's a great build up, and if you go to the website, you'll find a countdown clock, ticking off the days, hours, minutes and seconds until the next chapter. I got the screenshot below a few days ago, and by the time this blog goes out, I'll probably be a bundle of nerves, knowing there's only a few hours to go.
Eventually Fiction Express publish the story as an ebook, And I love the cover. As for the completed story, that's totally down to how the kids vote!
So how are you for working to tight deadlines? Do you view them as a challenge, or do you prefer to take your writing at a more leisurely pace?
If you want to find out more about Fiction Express, here's the link.
And my website is: www.annevansbooks.co.uk