Proposal (take one):

  • Title:

    • Beat Book: Inside the Paranoid Mind
  • Synopsis/Description:

    • This project is going to consist of a large chunk of my own creative work. I have kept a writing journal for the last few years now. I call it my “beat book”. Within the book, there are fragments of poems, short stories, actual journal entries, novels and pretty much anything else that can be labeled ‘creative writing’. For my project, I would like to turn this beat book into an actual book. As this is my last semester of school, I find that this project can serve as a culmination of some of my work. The unique aspect of my work is that is will be chronological and dated, as each entry in the beat book has a corresponding date. Also, I want to weave together the separate pieces of creative work into an all encompassing work of creative fiction. If this book is a diary of creative works, with dates included, I want there to be a centralized theme that runs through the center.
      • I'm also playing with the idea of a series of releases. For instance, if at the end of the diary we somehow find out that the author has died, I could release a series of 'other information' to help solve the case. Possible adjoining material could include a portfolio of crime scene photographs, the police file of the crime, alternative journals from neighbors, press clippings and many other accompanying texts. The final installment could be a novel or novella that tells the actual story of the the death.
      • I think the packaging for the diary could also be unique. It could come in a crime scene bag labeled with the appropriate police sticker containing information like: the room it was found in, where it was found, whose fingerprints were on it and etc.
  • Outline:

    • The run-through of the book is a diary, but each page will consist of separate types of composition (poetry, prose, etc.) with a unifying story.
    • I would like to also experiment with Polaroid pictures . . . not sure where these can exactly play into it.
  • Market/Audience:

    • This is definitely a creative work. The diary itself falls under experimental, but hopefully, there will be a series of accompanying releases with more information. E.g., photo albums, murder weapons, court documents, family photos, detective's notes, etc.
    • The specific audience will be young-adult to adult. It should appeal to fans of detective fiction, experimental writing and TV shows related to NCIS and the slew of others out there. The difference should lie in the character development through both story and creative work. Reading some one's deepest feelings in an artistic scope allows for a real attachment.
  • Competition:

    • To the best of my knowledge, this is the only version of this type of project, but there are casebooks and accompanying texts released by video game suppliers and popular novel series-- like Harry Potter.

Publishing Plan:

  • Material:

    • The material for the project is going to be all original.
  • Timeline:

    • The timeline for the project will be a concern, obviously. The pure volume of work required is a lot, even without the thought of editing the text. Already, I write nearly every night, and I have a large collection of writing that is in the 'in need of editing' stage. Also, I have a handful of works that are partially finished.
    • The layout of the book will be a diary with dates on pages.
      • Each page will consist of different creative works with a wide-range: poetry, short shorts, experimental prose, and fiction
  • Printing Service:

    • I would like to use a printing service that would allow for some degree of marketing or sales, if only to be able to see something I made online and for sale. I haven't examined the sites enough to really make an educated decision based on preference.

Proposal (take two):


  • Title:

    • Ode to the Mute-Man: a collection
  • Synopsis/Description:

    • This project is going to consist of a large chunk of my own creative work. I have kept a writing journal for the last few years now. I call it my “beat book”. Within the book, there are fragments of poems, short stories, actual journal entries, novels and pretty much anything else that can be labeled ‘creative writing’. For my project, I would like to turn this beat book into an actual book. As this is my last semester of school, I find that this project can serve as a culmination of some of my work. These poems and short stories essentially chronicle my life for a period of time.
        • This is a deviation from my original plan. I ran into the problem of volume of work vs. available time to complete the work, so I opted to transform the project into a collection of my own original work.
  • Outline:

    • Originally, I wanted to make the project evolve around the idea of a diary, but the reality was that I hadn't the time to complete a project of such massive scope, so I chose to employ a different method of work.
    • My project consists of 3 Acts, each act beginning with a poem--each of the poems from the 3 Acts go together (they are about this mute-man). The poems serve as a lead in to a short story. Then, each act is concluded with a poem or two.
  • Market/Audience:

    • My audience will consist of those who seek to read poetry or short stories.
    • The wok is slightly abstract, so maybe, there could be a niche for it. But, I didn't really have enough time to mold and shape the project into what I had envisioned, even pre-route change.
  • Competition:

    • The competition for this project will be a large audience. It will include nearly all of the fiction/poetry genre. Though not as unique as I had hoped, I fell my book still feels a little more "out-there" than most writing.

Publishing Plan:

  • Material:

    • The material for the project is going to be all original.
  • Timeline:

    • The timeline for the project will be a concern, obviously. The pure volume of work required is a lot, even without the thought of editing the text. Already, I write nearly every night, and I have a large collection of writing that is in the 'in need of editing' stage. Also, I have a handful of works that are partially finished.
    • The layout of the book will be a diary with dates on pages.
      • Each page will consist of different creative works with a wide-range: poetry, short shorts, experimental prose, and fiction
  • Printing Service:

    • I would like to use a printing service that would allow for some degree of marketing or sales, if only to be able to see something I made online and for sale. I haven't examined the sites enough to really make an educated decision based on preference.