I am very excited to be working on a side project. At first, I assumed I’d be working on this with a partner. He asked one quick question about the first step I wrote and it’s been over a week, already. So, I guess I’m on my own.
I’m writing this post to imprint it on my head that this should be a thing. I can’t say how it will succeed, if it will at all. In all honesty, I doubt anything good will happen from it. Still, it’s something I’m excited about.
The first phase of the Side Project is split into two parts to complete 30 drafts. I could probably up it to 31 or 32, because 30 as a number feels off, for some reason. The first part will include coming up with specific themes and research. The second part is actually writing the drafts. I’ve already written the first one a couple of days ago and looking at it now, there’s going to be a lot of work is needed to improve it.
Second phase will be where heavy editing will take place. This is where entire drafts can get scrapped and redone or discarded. New ideas may surface and if so, I’ll have to figure out how to integrate them into the current drafts.
Third phase will see all 30 drafts shipped to a very small group for alpha. I have in mind the people I’ll contact about this project.
Phase four will be about getting feedback from alphas, re-develop the drafts, and then get them to betas. More extensive edits will be applied along the way. And it’s just going to cycle through that until the final drafts.
Phase five is where the Side Project is put out to the public. Have some ice tea.
The objective of this Side Project is to kill burnout, which I’m having right now with my day job as a journalist and as an aspiring author, whose WIPs are starting to bash my skull in.
Do I expect monetization from the Side Project? No. That’s unlikely. This is all for the fun of it. But if money does come out of it, heck, why the hell not, right?
My timetable – because I want to make deadlines and actually fulfill them.
January 16 : Concept Draft
January 27 : This Post
February 17 : Completed 10-15 drafts
March 16 : Completed all 30 drafts
March 30 : Alphas
April 13 : Revisions
April 20 : Betas and revisions
May 18 : The Kraken is released!
Some of the dates may proceed in advance, such as the Alphas and Betas, because of course this will require cooperation from other people. People who are busy in their own careers and some busy in their own special ways. But they’re really all I got, so, oh well.
Also, I feel it’s important to clarify that “The Kraken” is not the title of the Side Project. You all know the movie reference, so there’s that. I’ll reveal the title what the project is all about on its release date itself. No, I’m not really keen on promoting it. I just really want to do this for fun.
If my rotten luck has made any turns this past few months, I am really pushing for the Red Whale Project to be released sometime in May, as well. So, there’s definitely going to be a lot of writing that needs to be done in the coming months. There’s a lot of work needed for that book but I think I managed to trim it down to about 70,000 words instead of the original 120,000-word monster WIP.
So, enough of this, and time to get back into writing.