The format for the series is different than anything I've ever written before. It's short and choppy due to the time delay between when a postcard could theoretically be mailed and delivered. What makes this series challenging to write but also really rewarding, is how I'm writing the content. As always, I am not really planning the content I’m wingin’ it. I am writing three to six postcards a writing session about a general topic, and then I switch projects. How I am struggling is because I am writing them out of order. This process makes it difficult to remember where and when the two characters are. Writing this way is also incredibly freeing! I can write what I want when I want, and in the mood I am in, matching my writing to that tone. As with anything, this also makes it more difficult because I have to be very careful that I don't reveal that the characters know information about one another that they haven't talked about yet.
I am toying with the idea of making a map or timeline on one of the walls in my office. So I know what I've already revealed, I'm thinking of printing out each postcard and connecting them with string. Think detective movies with a yarn map using suspect photos on a raggedy corkboard under a flickering light. Has anyone else ever written like this and have any tips? I'm very open to suggestions.
I plan to release one or two sets of postcards a week, but I'm not sure if I will publish one postcard a day, or one day with a handful of entries. I don't want to make people head over to Channillo to read five sentences three days a week, but I also don't want the format getting lengthier. Because this is not premiering until November, I guess I still have time. If you have suggestions on how I should handle this, please let me know. Thanks as always for sticking with me, and for making Everyday Adventures such a success! Let's make Long-Distance Love just successful, and just as long running. Here's to 200 entries with Andrew and Jenna!