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Dennis Coslett, Writer

This is my blog and website, where I hope to be able to keep you informed of my efforts as a writer. I will discuss Works in Progress and announce new releases here. On this site, you will also find links to sites where you may purchase my published stories and novels.

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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


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 

15 in 15

I keep piling more and more on my plate. As well as the projects I mentioned last week, I have decided on an additional, and rather ambitious, project to boost my audience.

I call it 15 in 15, when I call it anything at all. My plan is to publish a short story, novelette, or novella a month from October 2016 until December 2017, which means publishing 15 stories in a span of 15 months. This will allow me to build my audience on independent publishing sites by presenting more of my finished works. It will let me clear some things off my hard drive, many of which have been there for too long.

And it will give me the chance to write more short stories. I consider writing short stories to be the area I am weakest in, and this will give me some valuable practice.

As for the content of the stories, those will depend. They aren't all going to be mystery stories. At least one is a fantasy story. This means I also can broaden my horizons and write and publish stories that are outside of my chosen genre.

It's an ambitious plan. I hope to look back on it in December, 2017, and see a successful endeavor.

12:50 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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