12 Weeks to a Trilogy



Chris Fox recently finished his 12 Weeks to a Trilogy challenge on his channel. His goal was to write, edit, and publish a trilogy of books in twelve weeks.

Another friend of mine is attempting a similar challenge of his own based on Fox’s 12-week challenge. You can find out more about his project here.

I mentioned that I didn’t want to take part in the A-Z short story challenge group that I signed up with here. The reason for that is because I’d like to attempt my own version of the 12-week challenge that Chris Fox did.

My challenge will be a lot simpler in some ways and harder in others. My goal is to spend 12-weeks writing a trilogy. That’s more than a bit ambitious for me since I have yet to complete a single novel in that time.

I do not know the length of these projects, but I’m only expecting my first drafts of the three books to be somewhere between 20-40K, and here’s why:

  1. I don’t have any real outline, just a general idea for each book. I will be pantsing this project.
  2. I tend to be less descriptive with first drafts, realizing I can go back and flesh it out more with the second.
  3. I haven’t decided if these will be novels or novellas yet.

That last one is the main reason actually. I haven’t decided if I’m writing a trilogy of novels or a trilogy of novellas. The first drafts will probably be closer to novella length, and then as I do the second draft, I can increase them as I add in final descriptions and details.

I’ve been debating doing this challenge with my dragon series, but then I was browsing the pre-made covers of a graphic designer I like and found three covers that would work well together for a series. Of course, as soon as I saw them, my mind started whirling with story ideas for all three. I’ve managed to get a basic blurb idea for all three already, but I don’t have titles yet. On top of that, I haven’t purchased the covers. I have every intention of doing so… once I finish the stories. If they sell before then, I’ll just commission a couple covers for them.

So, below is the blurbs for all three books. Enjoy! I’ll be back next week with an update of how I’m doing.

Lab Shifters, book 1

When a young woman wakes up alone, naked and surrounded in feathers, there’s a lot of questions to be asked. Especially when that same woman doesn’t remember her name, and all the memories she does have involve pain and violence.

Fearing she’s going insane, she accepts the help of the young man who found her in the woods to try to help her find out who (and what) she is.

Lab Shifters, book 2

For the past several months, Caden has paced the confines of his habitat, looking for a way out. Help comes in the form of a zookeeper with a fondness for large cats.

While Caden doesn’t remember how he became an animal, he does know he needs to go back to where he came from to find the answers to all his questions – especially other victims.

Lab Shifters, book 3

It’s been over a year since Josephina escaped and Caden was sold. The only one left at the compound is Lily, and she’s not even brave enough to attempt an escape to find her friends.

As it stands, Lily is the only one who remembers everything, and she’ll need to muster up the courage to stand up for herself and those she cares about to defeat those who tricked them.

Start Date: Monday, June 12, 2017
End Date: Monday, September 4, 2017

Another thing you might notice is that this challenge takes place over a period of time that will include Camp NaNoWriMo. I am actually hoping to complete the challenge during Camp, as I’ll be writing on a larger word count. If I do, I can spend the next few days/weeks of the challenge purchasing covers, searching for editors and getting everything ready for a Christmas release. Maybe? We shall see.

Anyone else feel like tackling this challenge with me? Have you already attempted it? How were your attempts if so? Let me know what you think!


4 thoughts on “12 Weeks to a Trilogy

  1. I have a crime trilogy I really want to write and this sounds like a great challenge. I just don’t think I can fit it in at the moment with studying and parenting. Maybe I’ll change it to 12 months and do it next year 🙂


    • I’m actually about to write a new blog post and change my start and end date because taking on this challenge will mean I won’t complete two other started projects that I said I’d finish for my goals. This project can wait for quarter three. 😉

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