About ten years ago I wrote ten short parts of a web serial called Bay City Runaway. Here’s a five chapter teaser. It’s about an alcoholic who has left Oklahoma in the 2000s to live in San Francisco to get away from his old life and the demons that haunt him, and his entanglement with a seventeen-year-old runaway girl. There is plenty of 90s background story as well.
Once every year or two I’ve gone back and reread this incomplete work and I found it to have some potential, but I could never figure out how to continue it. Then a year ago, I sat down and wrote a sketch of what it could be if it were a novel and revised the existing writing into a form more suitable for a novel. Then I put it away again and didn’t think about until I logged into Wattpad a few weeks ago and read some comments. People had read my original incomplete serial and were asking me to write more, so I did. I added about 1200 words. It felt good. It felt so good that I decided to write ten thousand more.
Now, I feel I have something to work with and the motivation to do it. So I’ve taken most of it offline and have written about 25k words. I think this will be my first full-length novel. I self-published Whiff: A Novella on Amazon, which I’m now publishing as a serial to gain some readership, but I couldn’t get more than 32k out of it. I believe Bay City Runaway will be more than twice that making it my first complete novel.
I’m writing at a pace of between 2000 and 3000 words a day, mainly on my lunch hour at my day job as a software engineer. That’s a lot to expect in one hour or even in a day, and I’d be surprised if I could keep that up for long, but it’s very gratifying for now.
Don’t expect anything very soon. I have a long way to go. But it is a thrill to be writing again!