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Dennis Coslett

I am a writer and novelist. Welcome to my blog and website. Here, you can learn what is going on in my life and in my writing career.

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

The latest scoop

ITS' been awhile since I posted here, I know. I was hoping to post once a week, but most of the last month, I was too busy to spend very much, or indeed, any, time in front of the computer, let alone keep anyone up to date with what I am working on.

So, without further ado, here is the latest news.

I currently have two projects in the works. I plan to start the next drafts of both my serial killer story, Evil Twin, and my next Charlie Rowe novel, Old Wounds, this week.

The writing of Evil Twin has been quite the ride. I wrote the original draft some years ago, incorporating a short story I wrote in the 90s as the new Chapter 1 of what is now a novelette length project. Recently, I took it out and decided to get it ready for publication. So far, this has involved scrapping roughly 3/4 of what I wroteand replacing it with all new characters. However, since I think I now have a stronger story, I'm not too upset.

Among the changes I made was to get rid of two lead characters and replace them with one. Originally, this was one of the two original leads, if that makes sense, but I have since created a new lead character, an actress turned private investigator named Sydney Carter, as being a better fit for the story.

I am contemplating changing the name of the story, as Evil Twin no longer fits, but I am not certain what to change it to.

The harder part will be the next Charlie Rowe novel, Old Wounds. I have roughly 34000 words at present, which is novella length, but I want to increase it by half again and make it into a full-blown novel, if at all possible. This won't be easy, needless to say, and I hope my writing skills are up to the challenge.

Either way, I should have Evil Twin done and published by the end of January at the very latest, although of course, we all know what happens when I try to set deadlines. Old Wounds will take longer, but should be ready some time in 2017.

And that's not even talking about other projects I want to work on.

Still, I'd rather have too many projects than not enough.

12:27 pm cst 

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Already doing too much

<Sheepish grin>

Already, with October not finished, and I am going to modify my rather ambitious plan to publish a story a month for 15 months.

The first story I wanted to publish needs a major rewrite. I can keep about a quarter of it, but the rest must go. In its place, I shall be telling a much better story. This happens to me all the time, especially with short stories.

It is a combination, I think, of the fact that I am more confident with my ability to write novels combined with my tendency to get bogged down in the middle of the story, that has led me to this pass.

I now hope to publish my next short story -- actually, probably more of a novelette -- in November.

This should teach me to announce ambitious projects without being certain I can actually achieve them.

2:13 pm cdt 

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Portfolio

I have added a portfolio, with so far one short story and one article, to give readers some idea of the sorts of writing I do. The short story is my attempt at a horror story, and the article is something I wrote for a content creation site, which subsequently rejected it, meaning I am free to use it here. Between them, they are, I think, a fair representation of the sort of work I am capable of doing.

I have finished the second draft of my ghostwriting project, with yet more to do. I also want to start a rewrite of my story for October, which, as it stands, is in need of at least one more draft before it sees the light of day. It is a mystery story, which means it is a genre I am more comfortable in. I have three weeks to go in October, and I still need to finish the final draft, format it, and commission a cover, so I will have plenty to keep me busy this next week.

 

2:54 pm cdt 

Sunday, October 2, 2016

One step forward, one back

It's October 2nd, and I have begun thinking about the first story for my 15 in 15 project. It's a novelette called Evil Twin, a serial killer story. It needs a rewrite, however, and I am not completely certain how to start that. What I want to do is to combine two lead characters into one, but I am not quite certain, at present, who will survive.

In the meantime, I have finished the first draft of my ghostwriting project. I want to start the second draft this week, possibly tomorrow. And yesterday, I made some progress on Old Wounds, my third Charlie Rowe novel, which I hadn't worked on for 2 1/2 weeks. I managed several hundred good words, but then I deleted several hundred words I don't need, which originally involved a character who I have written out of the story. So I added a few hundred words, then deleted several hundred more. This seems to be one step forward, one back.

At least the words I deleted weren't the same words I wrote, which means I am still ahead. And I am getting some writing done.

On the other hand, I still have to think about setting up a Patreon page, which I haven't given much thought to over the last few days. That's something else to think about this month, as I would like to go live with a Patreon page by the end of the year.

6:02 pm cdt 

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Posting regularly

One other thing I should mention is that I am going to try to post to this blog more regularly, probably on Sundays. My goal will be to publish every Sunday.

I might not have much to say, but I can always publish progress reports, if nothing else. And as much else as I can find to post about.

12:55 pm cdt 

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About me: I have been writing since the early 1980s, ever since discovering a passion for writing during my senior year in High School. My completed writings include novels, short stories, and newspaper articles. I have completed four novels in that time, and have partially completed two others. I have had little success in finding an agent or a publisher for any of my novels, and have recently taken my efforts online. During the years that I have been writing, I have also served my country as a member of the United States Army's Judge Advocate General's Corps. In the last five years, I have been deployed to Army bases in Iraq, Kansas, and Virginia.

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