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).
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