Getting it Right: Painful and Priceless

The graphic that accompanied each installment. Image: CA Hawthorne

The graphic that accompanied each installment. Image: CA Hawthorne

Lessons teach. Painful lessons are more often retained. Painful lessons learned in public are almost impossible to forget. No lesson was less painful than my online story, which I serialized back in 2013.

This is the tale of Last Word Before Dying, which has been available on my website. Removing it is long overdue, but I wanted to replace it with something worthwhile and that’s about to happen. First, though, there are the lessons learned.

Where to begin? How about some story trivia:

When the story began I was still on oxygen after suffering a severe breathing/health setback the autumn before.
At the story’s outset I was a Wyoming resident, but moved to Montana before the serial’s midpoint.
After I changed the format (more on this below) I posted every week until the story’s completion eleven months later, with one exception: the week I attended my father’s funeral three weeks before I moved.
It was the first story I’d ever written using Scrivener.
The story squeaked-out novel length, finishing at 61,346 words over 19 chapters (the chapters were posted over the course of 2-3 weeks each).

To read the remainder of this post please join me on my website HERE.

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About Ontyre Passages

Alive and well in the Rocky Mountains. I'm a fantasy writer who also dabbles in poetry, short stories, and map making. My Ontyre tales are an alternative fantasy experience, the stories rich in mystery, adventure, and romance. Alternative fantasy? Not quite steampunk. Not quite gothic. In truth, the real magic is in those who discover what's within.
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