Writing

Been busy lately. A lot of that was writing. Back at the end of November, I decided that I needed to buckle down and get moving forward on getting Perils ready for publication. I had worked on revisions based on my editor’s notes for a while, but I never got any traction because I still had some outstanding questions. As November came to a close, I realized that it was a prescription for procrastination. So, it was time to get something done.

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Well, it is that time of year again. November is just around the corner, and with November, there comes NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month. For the uninitiated, this is a time where people all over attempt to write the first draft of a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. It’s a pretty daunting task. It requires dedication, consistency, and no tolerance for distractions. I’ve done NaNoWriMo the last three years. Should I do it again this year?

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There is a big kerfuffle going on in writer’s circles. Actually, it isn’t so much going on as it is going on and on and on… It is one of those arguments that won’t seem to die. This is what usually happens when people are arguing back and forth between two choices that aren’t right for the question. It is like asking what should we have for breakfast and arguing back and forth between tennis shoes and a feeling of vague disappointment. Neither one answers the question, and they aren’t really opposing choices in their own right. But people will continue to argue, and will deny the fact that the question itself may not be the right question. This case is no exception.

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I’ve tried to keep these #WriterWednesday posts going fairly regularly, but I have to admit that it has been a while since I last sat down and wrote. I’m not talking about writing a blog post, but actually crafting fiction. It is past time to get back on the writing trail. I’ve had notes from my editor for Perils, but I have not been able to take the time to talk to her about them and make sure that I understand everything she’s saying. Every time I try, something in life jumps up and gets in the way. I need to find a way forward that doesn’t depend on consulting my editor first. I think I’ve found one…

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I have been tagged in a Blog Hop interview about my writing process.  I was tagged by my former Galley Table cohort, Jeff Hite. This is part of a blog hop meme that has been bouncing around for a while. If you’re interested in who’s been tagged, feel free to follow the link to Jeff’s site and follow the trail backwards. There are quite a number of interesting writers back along the trail.

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With a Bullet

by Doc Coleman on May 7, 2014 · 2 comments

in Writing

If you read the last post, you may have noted that I mentioned the publication of my story as part of the Way of the Gun Anthology. Yup, last friday the e-book edition of The Way of the Gun: A Bushido Western Anthology went live on Amazon and PayHip. And yesterday, I got to see some interesting things happening with the e-book edition. Oddly enough, it all started with PC Haring…

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From Alpha to Editing

by Doc Coleman on April 16, 2014 · 8 comments

in Novels

I didn’t post last week. Bad blogger! But there were reasons for it. Things were actually quite busy, and what time I didn’t have taken up by work had to be dedicated to sleep. And I still didn’t get enough sleep.

So, a lot of work last week, but a lot to show from it, too. I finally had to end the Alpha Read, as my last Alpha Reader wasn’t able to give feedback on the last few chapters of the book due to the distractions of moving to a new house, caring for a family, holding down gainful employment, and other unimportant things like that. ;D Heh. Actually, I don’t blame him for where he placed his priorities, I just regret not getting  his reaction on the last chapters of The Perils of Prague. I did get some feedback from my weapons consultant and made a few changes on how firearms are handled in the book. With these final edits, the Third Draft of Perils has finally drawn to a close!

And I did one other thing last week.

I hired an editor.

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This post may seem like a bit of a reversal from the last one, but the Perils in Peril post was a bit of a cry for help. And I did get the help I needed, although it wasn’t exactly the help I thought I wanted when I wrote the post. Not making much sense yet, am I? Let’s just say that the cry for help was less about helping me meet a goal, and was more about getting me to face facts I had subconsciously realized, but hadn’t admitted to myself.

It was a wake up call…

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Perils in Peril

by Doc Coleman on March 17, 2014 · 10 comments

in Novels, WIP

Last summer, I asked for help from you, the readers of this blog. I had reached the state where I needed readers to further polish by novel and get it ready for publication. A number of people volunteered to Alpha Read, and to Beta Read. Well, things went slow with the Alpha Read. I had to scramble to get some replacement readers in December. Now, the Alpha Read is about to complete, and I’ve sent word out to the Beta readers that their part is about to begin.

And I’ve heard back from exactly two of them…

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The world of publishing is changing, and a lot of the old measures of success are going away. Oh, those measures are still there, but more and more authors are finding new ways to be successful in different ways. Still, there is some draw to some of the old landmarks: getting an agent, signing a deal with a large publisher, seeing your book in bookstores. And yet, having your book in bookstores may not be the road to success most people think it is. You see, they aren’t what you think they are. The fact is, bookstores are not in the business of selling books.

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