Today I once again hand my blog over to a guest, and today it is none other than the incredibly talented Armand Rosamilia, who is here to talk about his new novel, and the collection of interlinking novellas that comprise it; Miami Spy Games.
Take it away Armand, knock ém dead… well, not literally of course, because then, well, nobody would buy you books…
Miami Spy Games: Fast Paced Writing
Writing with a deadline (whether self-imposed or because of a publisher) looming is always a fun time. For me, anyway. I like the challenge of watching the clock and getting worked into a frenzy as the minutes and hours tick away and I get more and more words down, closer to the goal.
Often, during the year, I will find an anthology or three I see with a theme that catches my eye, and write a story for it. Some of them I only have a few days to write. The last two anthology short stories I wrote I had only three days to write them. I love the pace. Again, it’s the challenge that ignites the creative juices for me.
Then along came Miami Spy Games. It would be very different from what I was used to as far as structure and pacing. I was told to write it like a TV show, with a dozen short interlocking stories, all pushing along with dialogue and action, and ending in some nice cliffhangers to make the reader have to read the next one, and the next one.
Each part is roughly 7,500 words. My usual writing pace is 2,000 words a day, so we decided (OK, I really decided) I could knock these out in four days each with the first raw draft. Even with a day off between to recharge, it was still a crazy pace to set.
But I did it, for the most part. After the first one there was a lag while I was waiting for Hobbes End Publishing and their partners to give me the green light for more episodes. They gave it for four more. So I banged out the next ones, and by the time they were reading the third episode I got the call to go to twelve.
I can still remember getting off the phone call and feeling ecstatic. Until I looked at what I’d agreed to: a frantic pace and about 90,000 words, all in small chunks with cliffhangers and new developments. In a small amount of time to write and finish.
I loved the newest challenge, and in the grand scheme of things, I finished the last part a day or two earlier than planned, and was able to sit back and relax.
The last couple of weeks have been about writing other stories and not setting such a tough pace.
But I miss it! I’m hoping another contract comes my way for a second season, because I love to write about Sanchez, Kostas and Martin. They’ve become friends, and I want to tell their stories to anyone who will listen.
If you have any questions about the Miami Spy Games series, I’d love to hear them: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you want to read this book as much as I do, then just follow the link below… you know you want to.