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Point of View: The Eight Phases of Writing

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In a little over a week, I’ll be releasing my book about indie writing, sharing everything I’ve learned over the last seven years. You can preorder Suck a Little Happy Juice here. I’ll be sharing some of my most popular columns that are now in the book to whet your appetite… Almost every author goes through phases when writing a new work, especially a longer one. Although the details may vary a bit from author to author, the broad strokes are probably very similar. Here are mine: Phase One—The New Journey: This is the honeymoon phase. The story is fresh, … Read more

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Point of View: I Wish I’d Known…

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In less than three weeks, I’ll be releasing my book about indie writing, sharing everything I’ve learned over the last seven years. You can preorder Suck a Little Happy Juice here. I’ll be sharing some of my most popular columns that are now in the book to whet your appetite… Every writer has a list of things they wish they’d known when they started. Writing is a craft, like any other, and each mistake teaches us something new. Here are a few things I would tell my younger self if I could, knowledge that would have made my writing journey … Read more

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Point of View: The Last Run, or Where It All Began

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About five years ago, I had a conversation with one of my gay sci-fi friends, Jim Comer. Jim continues to this day to insist that faster-than-light (FTL) travel will never be possible, and the discussion encouraged me to write a novella about a colony world serviced by supply runs from Earth that were constrained to less than the speed of light. I threw in a lesbian pairing, some semi-sentient plants, and a cool colony village built on a series of basaltic ridges above a swift-flowing river. Little did I realize that I had set the stage for a world that … Read more

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Point of View: The Hencha Queen Chapter One

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Another tease for next week’s release. But first, some great deals on the earlier books in the series. Both books one and two – The Dragon Eater and The Gauntlet Runner – are on sale wherever eBooks are sold for just 99¢, so this is a great time to get in on the series: And order any one (or all three and let me know at scott@jscottcoatsworth.com, and I’ll send you the prequel – Tales From Tharassas – free! Now, on to chapter one, Rise: A SHARP CRACK FILLED the wine cellar. Kerrick swung the heavy mallet back and then … Read more

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Point of View: Total Immersion

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I love it when a story sucks me in, pulling me so far under that I actually forget the real word exists, and just an afternoon (or half the night) exploring an entirely different place. Such experiences of total immersion in a story seem to come more and more rarely for me. I’m not sure why – maybe because I tend to be more distracted when I read? Or maybe because many of the books I choose these days are more character driven, or tend to go light on the details of the world in which they take place? In … Read more

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Point of View: It’s the People

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It’s been a rough few months. We’ve recently lost a couple friends to cancer, and found out a couple more have it too. Other friends are fighting unknown maladies that have reduced their lives to misery. My Mac died, and was in the shop for two agonizing weeks before it finally came home. I broke my arm for the second time in October, and then Mark and I got a really bad cold in December. Facebook temporarily kicked me off, scaring me half to death. A great job I really wanted didn’t even bother giving me an interview, and I … Read more

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Point of View: New Sneaks In

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Every day is the same old boring routine. Then, good and tired, it’s off to bed, where I will then proceed to stare at the ceiling, tossing and turning, and generally being unable to actually, you know, sleep for at least two hours. Why I can fall asleep on the couch with the TV blaring and then not be able to in bed is one of the enduring mysteries for the ages. Nothing ever changes, Except… Yesterday, my aunt arrived from Southern California. She’s selling her house there and moving up here to be closer to us. And last year, … Read more

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Point of View: Grateful Amidst the Rubble

On paper, it’s been a fairly disastrous week. One of our dear friends is dying of cancer, and to watch him and his family going through this just breaks our hearts. On Saturday, my Mac – the one I use fourteen hours a day, seven days a week – gave up the ghost, deciding it wanted to reboot every 30-60 seconds. And Facebook suspended my account – apparently because their new AI bot thought I was “impersonating a business.” – and in an instant I came this close to losing a community that I have spent fifteen years building. That’s … Read more

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Point of View: Changing of the Guard

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Sometimes life’s events bring us an unexpected clarity, when a series of events combine to touch us in unexpected ways. Mark and I are at the age where we’re starting to lose people we care about – friends and family alike – many of them gone far too young. People with which we share a cultural lexicon, folks who grew up in the same world that we did and share our worldview. In the last three years alone, we’ve lost three beautiful souls, including a writer friend, a neighbor and big fan of my work, and a beautiful young woman … Read more

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Point of View: Holiday Wishes

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With the holidays upon us, I thought I’d offer something a little different this week. Here are my holiday wishes. I wish for the fighting to come to an end, and for the world to find a way to start the difficult work of mending and rebuilding. I wish for the lonely to find a place where they belong, in this holiday season and beyond. I wish for a restoration of civility in my own country and around the world, a reminder that we can disagree without resorting to hateful rhetoric or violence. I wish for an end to the … Read more