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I'm James Maxey, author of fantasy and science fiction. My novels include the science fantasy Bitterwood Saga (4 books) the Dragon Apocalypse Saga (4 books), numerous superhero novels including Nobody Gets the Girl and the Lawless series, the steampunk Oz sequel Bad Wizard, and my short story collections, There is No Wheel and Jagged Gate. This website is focused exclusively on writing. At my second blog, Jawbone of an Ass, I ramble through any random topic that springs to mind, occasionally touching on religion and politics and other subjects polite people are sensible enough not to discuss in public. If you'd like to get monthly updates on new releases, as well as preview chapters and free short stories, join my newsletter!

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Burn Baby Burn: The Master Plan

Here's my strategy for writing a novel in one week:

The book will consist of four parts. Each part will contain four chapters. Each chapter will average 4000 words. 16x4k=64k, a short novel by modern standards, but an average length for the pulp novels that I'm drawing my inspiration from.

Part One: Villians on the Rampage!
Part Two: The Heroes Strike Back!
Part Three: Sanctuary!
Part Four: All Fall Down!

A stack of note cards:

A dead nun. A new continent made of garbage. Chimps with bulldozers. The Beast of Bladensboro. Bank robbery in the buff. An unlucky hunter. An open-source hero. A manual typewriter. A place where nothing rots. A mysterious ray-gun. Memories torn apart by shrapnel. A bright light in the sky on a lonely stretch of highway. A city on fire. Learning to fly. Diplomatic immunity. All out war, etc., etc.

I start writing in 15 hours, more or less.

Look upon my works, ye mighty, and despair!

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