New Year … New Projects!

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A location which will be recreated in my stories for young children.

Many writers enjoy the feeling of a new year, because it feels like a natural time to get fresh projects underway. I am one such writer.
For me, I believe 2014 was a successful year for my writing, so I’m going to push myself harder this year. I’ve already started.

Two days ago I updated the front end (sample pages) of all of my eBooks to give excerpts of recent reviews, so that they are all live and updated for the benefit of prospective readers.

Today, I updated the information on several sections of my author website: http://www.tombensonauthor.com

Although I have a ‘coming-of-age’ novel already well underway, I am intending to write two sequels to other books, and I’d like to compile an anthology of military short stories.

My greatest self-imposed challenge is to create ‘Countryside Tales’, a series of stories for young children. As I write, I have already created the main human and animal characters, plus I’ve drawn a map of their environment. I have three authors in mind for when I require guidance as to whether or not I’ve got it right.

I’m intending to produce my own covers, but for now at least I am not using illustrations. I toyed with the idea of producing my own illustrations, but they are time-consuming to get right and to resize for an e-Reader. Apart from those points, I believe that I am capable of creating sufficient imagery within my words.

I will be making more of an effort to check out my fellow bloggers, so I’ll have to come up with a routine, because sporadic visits don’t seem to work well.
As always, thank you for checking out my scribbled thoughts.

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15 comments on “New Year … New Projects!

    • Thank you for the visit, kind comment and reblog my friend. 🙂
      I’ll be over to give your site a proper check tomorrow sometime.

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  1. Tom, is that your own photo of the bridge? If so, you might consider some of your photography for your covers? Since the stories are for young children with animals etc, you could use a watercolor style filter on the image, make it more animated looking. Take a look at my Creative Gratitudes II for an idea ( http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007RHWBB0 ) – those are pretty tame versions of what you can do to a photo. But either way, love your resolve! Best wishes (smiles).

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    • Hello Felipe and thank you for the visit. Yes, I like the idea and I’ll play around on that side of it once I’m happy I’ve got my first story sorted. Following a suggestion from a good friend who knows my writing style and is acquainted with my artwork, I may yet use a cover of my own design and one simple, appropriate illustration inside.

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  2. Happy New Year, my friend! I hope 2015 will prove to be even more profitable for you than 2014.
    So…you’re going to try your hand at writing for children–good for you. I seem to be stuck in a place where all things are strange and dark; but I like it there just fine. 🙂

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    • Hi Kathy and thank you for the visit and the good wishes my friend. All things may be strange and dark where you are, but you do a damn good job of it. If we enjoy what we’re doing, it can only improve the result as you’ve proven. 🙂

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  3. Hello Julia. HNY and thank you for the visit and kind comments. I was going to keep the new genre quiet, but I thought if I mentioned it on here it would provide the added pressure required to ensure I followed through with it. Success to you my friend as we start our new writing year. 🙂

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  4. A belated hello and thank you for dropping by. As you will be aware, I’m a bit busy so I’m tending to leave my blog for a few days at a time. The stories for children have been postponed now following all the feedback I got, but then that was why I asked for it. I had to know how much work it would take, and it looks like it would be a lot for me – like a change of mindset. 🙂
    Getting over your way in a minute to follow.

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