Monday, December 30, 2013

I love to read other people's tips for writing dialogue. Today I stumbled upon a page written by Mary Rosenblum that just about shattered my ideas about dialogue.

Can you really dispel the use of 'said'? And how can you get your reader to picture an eventful scene whilst shoving dialogue into their eyestalks?

Here's how. Aspiring writers will want to read this:

http://www.longridgewritersgroup.com/rx/wc11/action_tags.shtml

- Coty, Out

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Hey all. My new non-fiction book, Time Management Voodoo, is abailable now.

You can grab your copy for just 2.99 on either Smashwords or Amazon.

Here's what the book covers:

Here's What You'll Discover:

- The #1 Thing you Should be doing DAILY to accomplish
- The Two BIGGEST Enemies to Being Productive
- Why You SHOULDN'T Multi-Task (and why you'll get more done)
- What Your 'Peak' is, and why its important to Know
- The difference between Urgent Tasks and Important Task
- How to PROPERLY set and reach goals (mess this up, and the whole thing may be a waste)
- Why you NEED to take breaks instead of skipping them
- How I went on to write over 8,000 words in a single day for one book - and on a day most people don't do any real work!
- And lots more inside.

Grab your copy today, and start seeing higher productivity in just hours!

>> Download from Amazon

>> Download from Smashwords

Friday, November 22, 2013

So I've been away for a while and I wanted to drop in with a quick update.

The story of Acbain is no longer free. I hated to do it, but in all honesty I wanted to get more people interested in the story of one of my favorite characters. However, the good news is that Acbain is only 99 cents and can now be downloaded right here on Amazon, or on Smashwords of course

The other exciting story I wanted to mention is my new mini-series, East from Eden, which starts with Book One: Wrath. The series follows Burk Wallace, a mysterious gun-wielding wanderer in search of two unknown people. While passing through a small desert town in Nevada, a supernatural disasters strike the town and globe alike, throwing Burk into a fight for survival. Will he survive? Click here to find out.

Last bit of news. The Crossblade rewrite, dubbed GotC, is coming along well, though I haven't written in a while. Once the holidays are passed, and I have finished a few other projects, the book should be finished by June of next year.

I'm currently working on two non-fiction books; one about time management (one of my favorite subjects) and the other one is about finding your purpose in life. Fun stuff!

That's all for now!

Regards,
Coty

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Over the last month and a half, I've been rewriting Crossblade. I loved the book, but for reasons listed here, I've had to scrap it and try again.

During this process, I've learned a thing or two, and I would like to discuss them here for you, in the hopes that you may glean something from it. Here goes.

First is that rewriting, to me, is more difficult than writing. Why? Because I find myself wanting to use the original content A LOT. Everytime I come to a section of the book that I am reusing in the new version, I find myself wanting to simply CTRL+C that sucker and paste it into the new document without doing any real work. The issue there is that I'm not actually doing anything new then, merely filling up the page without actual work on my part. I've had to delete the old version or at least move it to another drive to get rid of the temptation (good tip for people scared of rewriting). When you're faced with nothing but a blank screen and nothing ot pull from, your brain has the freedom to start over.

The new parts are a completely different story (pun intended). Since the completion of the Crossblade's first version, I got the idea to add a new character - a separate character that had not even been mentioned nor introduced. However, due to the limitations of the story (and subsequently its sequel) introducing that character would have been next to impossible. So I couldn't.

With the rewrite, I was not only allowed to add the character, she is now a large portion of book, adding yet another layer of depth to the story.

Something else I faced when going into this was the issue mentioned above about killing my darling. Part of me didn't (and still doesn't) want to rewrite it because I've already been through this story once before, so it seems like a waste of time. But when I stop to take a look at the quality of the characters and the depth of the story, I find that I am definitely more proud of the story itself. When I finsihed the first, I wasn't happy about it. It felt... incomplete. With the rewrite, I don't feel that way. I can see the progress and the improvement.

On the plus side, I will say this: Rewriting challenges you to really get to know your characters, as well as getting to know new characters. There are plenty of characters I had not introduced in the first book, that I got to know really well in the rewrite and really add to the story.

Overall, I have to say that rewriting is challenging. Anyone thinking of rewriting one of their works, I would say this: Don't go in expecting to rewrite it in half the time, like I did. If you rewrite every section like I'm doing, you're basically writing the book again, which obvisouly, take time.

The author David Eddings says that he will rewrite, then rewrite again if necessary. I'll admit, I was scared to do it at first, but now I'm glad that I did.

What are your thoughts about rewriting?

Sunday, June 30, 2013

I am currently in the process of rewriting my first novel, Crossblade. I find that the work is both exciting and grueling. Here's why.

Crossblade (aka Paladin) was the first novel I ever completed. Then I finished Millard Island, and subsequently Brothers of the Blade. This is great and all, but after a few discussions with peers about the book, they (as well as I) came to the conclusion that Crossblade, while a decent bok in its own right, strays too far from the fantasy genre that I had entered.

I love Crossblade as its my darling, but in Stephen King's On Writing, he talks about killing your darlings, and not being attached. So true. The book went in many directions, with one of those directions being away from the fantasy genre and even into western fiction, with a bit of steampunk built in. How's that for a genre killer?

Now, I get that some books break genres, or they cross two, maybe even three, but what I found is that a majority of my readers found the book too jarring: it crossed too many lines.

I've learned that people coming to the fantasy genre to read fantasy want eaxtly that. Not a steampunk/fantasy/western/sci-fi thing.

I understand that not all book can be contained within one category, but a reader to the genre comes with a certain expectation. Most can put up with a little line-blurring, but I not only blurred the line - I smeared the lines into a muddy swatch.

For anyone that has read the book from Smashwords, when it is updated (and I'll post it here) you can download the new version free from the site. If you purchased it from Amazon, they should tell you. I still have some work to do it. When it's done, I'll be sure to let you know.


Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Brothers Of the Blade
Hey everyone. Just finished uploading the finished version of Brothers of the Blade on Smashwords and on Kindle.This action fantasy story is the second book in the Crossblade Chronicles.

Continuing Leon's (and his companions') saga, we find that the Crossblade has been claimed. In Brothers of the Blade, we learn more about the White Haired Man, as well as some our protagonists backstories.

BotB also introduces more of the ambiguous robed figures. Who are they? And what do they stand for?

Finally, with the second Crossblade claimed, Leon and friends are forced to continue onwards as an ancient evil approaches on the horizon.

You can grab Brothers of the Blade here.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Currently, I have had to put some gigs on Fiverr to bring some extra money.

Here are some of the gigs I'm running in case you're interested:

I will Show you How to Write a Best Man Speech for $5

More coming.






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