To my fives of fans: on the topic of Frank Danger

Frank Danger

For those of you who have been following the adventures of Frank Danger, an apology is in order. I’m done with his saga for the time being and the stories are coming down.

*gasps of shock cascade throughout the packed stadium*

The reason for this is simultaneously exciting and horrifying. I’ve decided to write a novel about him (and his nemesis Hans Rochammer.) Since I’ve never attempted anything larger than a two or three thousand word story in my life, the mere notion looms large and intimidating. All the same, it’s proving more and more difficult to keep cohesion with these self-enclosed vignettes I’ve been using to tell his tale and Frank’s is a tale that I need to tell.

For years (decades if I’m honest) I’ve procrastinated writing a book. The reason I haven’t, I’ve said to myself, is that I didn’t have a character or a plot. As things stand, this justification rings increasingly hollow: Frank is a cool guy and I have a pretty good idea of where I want to take him.

Consequently, I find myself at the foot of the mountain looking up. Writing small stories is simple in that it requires very little commitment. You bang one out, rewrite it a couple times, and hit “Publish”. If it sucks, you write three more and forget it.

With a novel, I’m guessing it’s more difficult to leave it behind, especially if it’s awful.

But, what the hell? You only live once and life is short. (I’m trying to burn through as many cliches as possible before I start the book.)

Wish me luck.

I’ll keep you posted.

(See what I did there?)


Jim (Fred Rock)


Author: FredRock

Pulp fiction. Noir. Hardboiled.

13 thoughts on “To my fives of fans: on the topic of Frank Danger”

      1. Writing is fun, just go for it, worry about the revision later, it its in the noggin just get it out. I sort of did the same thing with a character I created for blogging purposes. She is now in a side project spin off of my main series. Have fun with it, Frank Danger needs his own world, aka a book.

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  1. I sympathize completely since I’m apparently writing a novel. It is difficult to keep it all cohesive and consistent when I write and publish roughly 500 words at a time. I assume that with normal novel writing, the author writes the complete novel, reads it a couple times, has a few other people read it, makes changes, has a couple other people read it, makes more changes, and so on before ever sending it for publishing.

    I’ve had to find a type of discipline that I didn’t know I had with actual timelines and charts and stuff like that. It’s nice getting semi-immediate feedback as a I go because it keeps me going (although I’ve had a short break with the vacation that made writing difficult), but there are major trade-offs.

    So what you gotta do, and be assured that when/if you finish the novel you will have at least one reader.

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