Friday, July 25, 2014

Afterwrath Part One Complete, and A Serious Question

Last year, about a year ago exactly, I started a project that I called "nomad." But due to other projects going on in life, and rewriting Crossblade into 'In Search of the Sword,' I was not able to work on the series like I wanted to.

Today I finished part one of the now titled "AFTERWRATH" series, (I like title, don't you?) and it is the beginning of Burk Wallace's adventure into the desert. Part One - Station, will be available soon. If you know anything about my writing, its action packed and filled with believable characters.

When the book is edited and the cover finished, I will let you know. Part Two, a Caw of Ravens, is already in progress.

Exciting stuff.

I have a question for you though. In my quest to feed the voracious appetite of readers everywhere, I'm curious to know something...

What do you look for in a fictional book? Is it believable characters? Original plot? Familiar tones? Realistic story and/or locations? Let me know in the comment section below.

Thanks again for stopping by.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Hey everyone!

It's been a while, but finally I'm back. After a long stretch of writing, then editing, then writing, then editing, I'm finally done!

Yesterday I finished the rewrite for my first book, Crossblade. This new, improved version (kind of a Crossblade 2.0 if you will) goes under the guise of In Search of the Sword.

So what's different?

+ Many new characters added
+ Some minor characters dropped
+ Changed events
+ Different character profiles
+ Fuller backstory
+ Overall better story

If you already own the original Crossblade, be sure to redownload the book. If you have not picked up In Search of the Sword, be sure to start reading the sample of it on Amazon or Smashwords.

Thanks for reading,
Coty

Monday, December 30, 2013

Amazing Action Dialogue Tips

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?

This post really changed the way I looked at dialogue.

Is it really possible to have your characters talk without using 'he said, she said' and so on? I myself had included some of the elements she talks about myself, but the biggest piece of advice that stuck otu to me was this:

Whatever characters performs the action, the reader will assume is the speaker.

While I don't think that 'said' or speech tags can be eliminated altogether (nor should they) they can be cut back like a bargain bin movie.

Aspiring writers will want to read this:

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

- Coty, Out

Thursday, December 5, 2013

New Time Management Book Out Now

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

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

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Friday, November 22, 2013

Two Book for 99 Cents - Limited Time

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

Book Rewriting: An Artform Unto Itself

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

Crossblade Rewrite Currently in Progress

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.