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Why I Changed Crossblade to In Search of the…

Hey guys.

A bout two years ago, I wrote a story called “Paladin.” Then I updated the book and changed the title again to “Crossblade.”

Initially, I wrote the book under a different name, one that I thought reflected the heart of the story. But something inside of me rang false. When I was done, I read through it, found it boring, and discarded it. I wrote the whole thing again from scratch. I found that afterward, it the characters felt more realistic, yet the story was upbeat and full of action.

My hope is that my readers will like it too. The end result was the new story, In Search of the Sword, which I’m hoping to break the mold of common fantasy.

I am very satisfied with the end result of ISOTS (for short) and like the way it turned out. I think honestly, my first version was an attempt to dazzle people with long passages of descriptive text. This version is the real story.

Over the last few months, I’ve realized that my goal is not to impress, but to entertain. And that’s what I aim to do. When I first started writing, I tried to impress people with my words. Now I’m more focused on the story.

I see that a lot more clearly now.

And even if my writing doesn’t reflect our time period, I’m comfortable and empowered by it. Letting go of words I don’t need is freeing.

And while some authors may love to describe everything little thing, it’s just not me. I respect every author’s technique, mine is just more succinct.

I truly admire and respect the forefathers of the fantasy genre. I’m also grateful for current popular writers such as George R. R. Martin and Patrick Rothfuss.

Who is this book for?

Well, to be honest, I hadn’t thought of that when I wrote it. Looking at it now, I would say the intended age range for this story is young adults. By that, I’d say anyone from teenage to about thirty, although the themes within may be valued by anyone. Really, I consider the book a fast paced, action packed fantasy novel if I were to call it anything. I believe that many of us are attention deficient these days, due to current media. While I’m not trying to exacerbate this problem, I can’t ignore it either. The idea is that maybe – just maybe – I can hook the current generation with a book that keeps the action level high.

I guess we’ll see.

– Coty

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Afterwrath Part Two Available on Smashwords

Hey guys, Coty here. Just a quick heads up. Afterwrath Part Two, Caw of Ravens is now available on Smashwords. Once it is available for amazon, we will post it here.

Thanks for everything!

– Coty

Get Afterwrath Part Two Caw of Ravens from Smashwords By clicking Here

Here’s the excerpt:

Burk survived the sadistic inhabitants of the gas station and the encounter with the biker on the highway. Along the way he picked up Snake, a young wolf pup, and stumbled across the hidden desert town of Ravendale. What awaits him in Ravendale? And what does it have to do with that strange dream? Find out here in part two of the Afterwrath series.

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Finding My Style

Not gonna lie. Been having trouble defining my writing style.

I noticed that I have three styles I lean toward:

The terse one. Where everything is punchy. And to the point. I like this style. And yet, I’m unsure of it’s ability to communicate. And convey feeling.

Then there’s the normal one. This is the one that my earlier work fell into. Where sentences are basic, standard things, that adhere to the correct mannerisms of the English language.

Lastly, I have a very descriptive and flowing stream of consciousness style of writing where everything flows really well, and I can fill up a page, and everything has some sort of amazing descriptor.

See what I mean?

Every style conveys a different avenue to the same destination. Same story, different vehicle. Every door to the same result.

Let’s explore this.

I will describe a red vehicle driving down the street:

First is the terse style. Dig it:

Pete floored the Mustang. Jumped to 100Mph. Shops windows and moving people distant blurs. Swatches of undistinguished colors. Melting behind him.

This style reminds me of Cormac McCarthy a little, and to me, that is not all bad. I love his books. But can it convey a story to the average person well enough?

It DOES cut out a lot of unused words. And Hemmingway was short, so who knows?

Then there’s the vanilla style:

Pete pushed down the pedal, and the spedometer rose. First 80, then 90, then scratching at 100. The red Mustang charged ahead, and Pete felt the G-force. The weight of it pushed him back. Things blurred past him, as if he weren’t moving at all.

This is my normal “voice.” It’s okay, I think, but I feel that it is too passive. Somewhat boring, now that I look at it.

Then there’s b***h:

Pete crushed down the pedal, as if the pedal were being sucked down by gravity. The spedometer climbed like a professional rock-wall climber, inching past 80, scrying 90, and peaking at 100. The rose-red ’96 Mustang flew like Marty McFly’s time traveling Delorian, bent on making the lightening strike. He didn’t bother looking out the windows; everything beyond them was a vomit-inducing blur.

See my dilemma?

Just curious, what type of writing style piques your curiosity? What do you prefer? Let me know below.

Call me a product of the New Age, but I find that I like the shortened, punchier versions more entertaining. Certainly easier to read. And just look at some of the best sellers today: Hunger Games. The Road. Much of James Patterson’s works (and yes, I know he doesn’t write them). I think it is just the way of the world now.

May as well embrace it.

– Coty Schwabe

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Music or Silence

When you work do you listen to music, or sit in silence?

I used to try to work in silence, but I found it somewhat disturbing. I found that I was unmotivated.

Then, recently, I came upon a post by a fellow blogger that said he listens to upbeat techno, or jazz. Music that has a quick rhythm, but few words. That sounded good, and I emulated that suggestion.

And it worked… sort of.

I found that I needed more. I needed pulse pounding beats, not background noise.

I started looking up what my favorite authors (Ted Dekker, Stephen King) listened to.

Stephen listens to hard rock. This is understandable, for many of his books even reference specific rock songs. Also, with some of the things he writes it just does not surprise me at all.

Then I researched Ted Dekker. Come to find out that he listens to loud rock music as well! Heck, at one point he was listening to the Tron Legacy Soundtrack – which I have as well.

I found it extremely fascinating, for this encouraged me a latte. In fact, it reminded me of high school. In my junior year, I had honors English. The class was tough, and we had to write essays practically every week. What’s ironic is that was the only class that I ever got 100% on essays I’ve ever written. And guess what I did when I wrote them? I was listening to hard rock, the night before it was due while I pounded away at that keyboard, baby.

What about you, Present Reader? What do you listen to when you write (be it books, poetry or work?). I’d love to hear your take.

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Inspirational Quotes from Stephen King

While procrastinating yesterday, I came across two interesting quote by Stephen King. He is one of two of my favorite authors in the way he writes. Here is the first:

“Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.” [Goodreads]

This particular quote spoke to me instantly, because it made me realize that it was exactly what I was doing. In fact, if you read yesterday’s post about being stuck in a rut, I would literally just wait for something to happen.

But when I read it, it lit a fire under my arse, and I got to it. End result? Another 2K words nailed. So, inevitably, I did reach my goal.

However, my work does not always feel its best. In reality, while I felt like I had accomplished nothing yesterday, I then came across this quote as well:

“Running a close second [as a writing lesson] was the realization that stopping a piece of work just because it’s hard, either emotionally or imaginatively, is a bad idea. Sometimes you have to go on when you don’t feel like it, and sometimes you’re doing good work when it feels like all you’re managing is to shovel s**t from a sitting position.”

Wow. If I’ve ever needed a boost (even crudely!) this was it. So I must get back to work, and I hope these quotes inspire you (one person that accidentally ends up here).

Keep on tickin’.

#BONUS POINTS!# What’s you’re favorite inspirational quote?