Crazy Train/Soul Mates: How Much TIME Do We Have To Write Our Stories? And how long are they? And…

I got asked how long I thought each story should be and how much time each writer would have to write their segments.

Good question.

I typically consider a chapter to be about 3000 words. If you can make your point in 1500 words, God bless you. I am too verbose for that. However, the stories themselves may take one chapter or three chapters – or in the case of the old woman, 7 to 10 or more!

To that end, I would say most writers can put together 2000 words or 3000 words in a week – once they start.

So the question becomes, when do we all start?

Uh, well… Soon.

Anybody who’s interested should be sending me a message letting me know. After you and I can discuss what you’re going to work on, then you should probably go ahead and start working. In a week, send me what you have. If it’s 10 words or 3000, I need to look at it and make sure we’re all on the same page so to speak.

After that, we will have some modifications and revisions, and once all the stories come together there will be editing to make sure they speak with uniform voice.


I consider all that secondary to the initial effort of everyone writing something and bringing it to the table.

So if you have a segment you like, and you are ready to start, get started! The sooner we start, the sooner we finished and the sooner we can roll the sucker out!

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14 thoughts on “Crazy Train/Soul Mates: How Much TIME Do We Have To Write Our Stories? And how long are they? And…

  1. Have you decided where you need me. Sorry to put it on you, but hey…this is your idea. Ha. Jk. I figure you will know where you want me to submit, based on slots that haven’t been taken or something or are less popular.

    1. I have just the thing.

      I think you could do anything. That’s what made it difficult. So how about a scene in the story of the nurse and old woman? But this is a tough one.

      Look over the story line for them. There are parts where the nurse had to interact with the state psychologist. And places where she had to interact with the old woman of course, but there are strained family ties too.

      I like the idea of you working on something different from what you’ve done before, but only because I know the quality of writing and the emotional depth you’re capable of.

      Look at the story arc for the nurse/old woman. There will be lots of middle sections in between the other stories where she pieces together the mystery or can’t piece it together yet, or sees there IS a mystery.

      Yes. That. That’s where I want your talents applied.

      We need somebody very skilled to handle that. And since I haven’t really fully fleshed out how to approach that, you can take the ball and run with it. She’s (the nurse) going to get information that indicates the old woman tried to kill herself. But she has never considered that. She always thought the old woman had a stroke and wrecked her car on accident, the nurse never thought it was on purpose. Now she has to consider suicide and her views start to change. her approach starts to change with your old woman. Instead of asking innocuous questions to help get her to talk, she starts asking questions with the idea of suicide behind them. And the old woman clams up. So we need somebody skilled to treat that scene.

      She will go from a nurse who’s just trying to be helpful and talk to the old woman and happy to start hearing the stories, then she gets additional information and things now the woman may have tried to kill her self and start asking more probing questions, and the old woman clams up. So they go from starting to being friends to now being alienated. Then the nurse will have to go home and think about that and think about her own life and her strengths and weaknesses there with her daughter moving away and her husband leaving her and her new life at that age trying to start it, and maybe she realizes she was having a friendship with the old woman that she just screwed up and she misses it. So many other areas are falling apart she really needs this to work. So she goes back and take A different approach, one more from friendship instead of Inquisition and is able to rebuild that trust. Is able to coax the old woman into telling her stories again, even if it’s just by saying deciding she’s not going to ask about the suicide she’s just going to let it come to her if the old woman wanted to.

      That’ll be several segments. But they’re probably among the most important ones.

      1. So the nurse hears from the state/hospital psychiatrist/accident report that it appears the car accident wasn’t an accident. As she is only the nurse, and not the psychiatrist, her inquisition would be more for personal reasons. There would be no legal reason or other necessity why someone in charge of a patients daily living would pester an Alzheimer’s patient.
        So the nurse could have her own personal agenda, misguided belief she’s helping, and when the woman clams up and the relationship backslides, she realizes she’s been hindering more then helping and changes her approach.

        Am I reading you right.

        1. Yep.

          The state psychiatrist simply says, you are here every day so you can help my once a week visits by getting her to talk. That works great. But then it’s more complicated. And as you know, she’s not officially anything, she just gets curious.

        1. Oh yeah. On e other question because I can’t find the answer… I believe you said the nurse was dissatisfied with her career, and in the middle of a career change. I can’t remember, to what. I know you mentioned it but I’m drawing a blank.
          Plus…is she married…children… I’m getting the feeling she’s alone.

          1. That’s another part of a mystery. WE will know her husband has left her/they divorced, but readers might not know that – just that he’s gone. and her only child, a daughter, is grown up and in college. In my mind the nurse has moved to a small apartment or condo – maybe this is six to twelve months after the divorce. She is feeling alone. I think a lot of people grow apart from their spouses and “stay together for the children” but when the kid moves away and starts a life there is an emptiness. Maybe the husband grew dissatisfied at seeing his wife have fewer and fewer common interests, fewer friends, less ambition etc while he is working more and spending more time on hobbies and yard work. They just grew apart. But while she sees emptiness, he feels like he has his work and his friends and his social life and other things. So he’s not interested in with her; roommates. No passion. The divorce was probably his idea because he doesn’t feel passion for her – because she has none for him. Maybe not for anything.

            But loneliness is a strange motivator. She takes this new job because she needs a job, and she starts classes because a friend says she has a lot to offer and she’ll renew herself with it. Plus it will get her out of the house so she’s not depressed.

            Whatever job the nurse had before, she is new to this place and its rules.

  2. I have an idea about why the nurse is asking questions. You said before she wants to change jobs and do something with psychology so she could be conducting an in depth interview of the old woman to write a paper for an important class. That way she would be there talking to her after working hours.

    1. Somebody else mentioned something like that. It’s not a bad idea! Maybe she asks her professor and the state psychologist and both agree.

      My thought was, her motivation was duty at first, then loneliness, then friendship.

      I guess it can be all those things.

      Maybe that’s why she too is ashamed. The old woman’s not a lab rat.

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