One Mortal Year

I am going to make a completely unreasonable suggestion to the content creators who read this blog and I would like you to seriously consider it.

I am going to try an experiment for one year, from August of 2018 to August of 2019. I want you to join me.

No sequels. No series. No Book X of The Chronicles Of This And That.

Every character, every setting, every story an original one.

For one year.

Short stories, novels, whatever you create. I know that some of you are no doubt in the middle of a project and don’t want to set it aside. Fair enough.

But just imagine it. If for one year all of the creative energy that went into writing fiction went into building fresh worlds and coming up with something brand new. Where would that take us?

Sure, it’s scary to blaze a trail, and there’s a lot of pressure to keep going on an established route. A lot of readers want the familiar, and the publishing business for last few decades has trained them to expect that any story they like is going to have a dozen more just like it.

Consider the possibilities, though. Instead of being locked into a room with your creations, seeing the same faces and hearing the same names, suppose that you could break out. Into… who knows where. Someplace you’ve never dreamed of before.

Just one mortal year. From August to August commit to making every new project a new project, something that doesn’t ride on the coattails of what has gone before.

Think about it.

About MishaBurnett

I am the author of "Catskinner's Book", a science fiction novel available on Amazon Kindle.
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2 Responses to One Mortal Year

  1. Dave Higgins says:

    Are you counting all shared-world stories (e.g. Eldritch Earth) as sequels? Or only ones that reuse a character/place? What about more nebulous reuse, such as echoing rather than redrafting Lovecraft’s cosmic dread?

    I have to admit I’m tempted to try it for my solo work if not my collaborations, but I’m not sure I could go a year without at least the occasional cosmic horror mention.

    • MishaBurnett says:

      I don’t consider stories that take place in the same universe to be sequels, necessarily. Robert Heinlein had his chart of “Future History” and referenced a lot of the same place names, but his stories stand alone. The same with Larry Niven’s “Known Space”, although Niven also wrote sequels, “World Of Ptavs” and “Protector”, say, are in the same universe but not otherwise connected.

      In my own case, “A Hill Of Stars” and “In The Gloaming O My Darling” are both set in the Eldritch Earth world, but I consider them both original stories. They have no characters in common and you could read either without knowing the other existed.

      I have two stories coming out set in the City of Dracoheim (the setting of Bad Dreams & Broken Hearts) “An Interrupted Scandal” in Cirsova and “Grand Theft Nightmare” in an upcoming anthology about Magic Shops. Again, I think both stories stand alone, they refer to the same places and government and fantasy races, but one could read them separately.

      So feel free to harken back to other works, your own or other authors. So long as it’s not “The Story Of Joe: Part I”, “The Story Of Joe: Part II” and so on, I think you’re being true to the spirit of this exercise.

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