Writing & Storytelling: After a Rough Start, I’m Finally Starting Project X: A New Story Coming Soon…*

* Just don’t ask me to define “Soon.”

Well, Dear Reader, it’s official. Yesterday afternoon, despite feeling foggy-brained from lack of sleep and no small amount of writer’s jitters, I tapped out the first 400 words of the new story – Project X, so-called. (Of course, that’s not the real title. Not even close.)

Since this is just the first draft, what I have on paper – actually, digital code in a Microsoft Word file – is not very good. It has some cool ideas, yes, some of which you already know because I’ve asked for reader input about the names of an important setting – the Moonglow Club – and one of the characters. Remember those two polls I posted a few weeks ago? They were to help me decide on those names for this story.

Most of the other stuff, though, I’m keeping those to myself. I don’t want to give away so much information about the story that by the time I publish it, you folks will say – and probably rightly so – “Why should we buy this? We’ve already read most of it on your blog!”

And in any case, even if that doesn’t happen, rough drafts are called “rough” for a reason. I am not precisely typing up a storm and producing 1000 words a day, and some of the stuff I have in the Project X file shows promise but is still “not ready for prime time.”

I took this “selfie” back in November of 2020.

Nevertheless, I started the damn thing, and now the challenge before me is to keep writing till the story reaches the point at which I can type “The End.”

In the meantime, if you haven’t read my novella, here’s a preview of the Kindle edition.

Published by Alex Diaz-Granados

Alex Diaz-Granados (1963- ) began writing movie reviews as a staff writer and Entertainment Editor for his high school newspaper in the early 1980s and was the Diversions editor for Miami-Dade Community College, South Campus' student newspaper for one semester. Using his experiences in those publications, Alex has been raving and ranting about the movies online since 2003 at various web sites, including Amazon, Ciao and Epinions. In addition to writing reviews, Alex has written or co-written three films ("A Simple Ad," "Clown 345," and "Ronnie and the Pursuit of the Elusive Bliss") for actor-director Juan Carlos Hernandez. You can find his reviews and essays on his blogs, A Certain Point of View and A Certain Point of View, Too.

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