Did I just write a middle grade novel?

I sure as heck did!

During the Christmas break, my son and I came up with a nifty idea we thought could turn into a middle grade series. We brainstormed and came up with a few ideas, and on Dec 26 I wrote the first three chapters and asked the kiddo to read them.

He liked the character, the tone, and the direction the story was going, so I pressed on. This weekend I finished the first draft (37k words).  I think it’s a bit too long, and at times repetitive (which I’ll fix during the first round of edits) but, overall, I’m enjoying the process of writing children’s novels.

I never thought I’d write a children’s novel. Super fun!!

As for the series theme, it’s spooky with a tinge of conspiracy… a cross between X-Files and Goosebumps. My plan is to write the first six books (each a stand-alone with a different cast of characters) before anything is published.

Between this, a thicket of short stories up for publication, as well as my fleshing out a fantasy series (EchoDarling) I think 2018 is pretty much mapped out for me!

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