Rolling for Coal (WIP)

Well, it’s official.  I have written a story.  Some would call it a novel.  Well, it’s fiction that much I know.  I learned a heck of a lot about writing along the way, too.  True, it’s being read for the first time by my clandestine beta readers as I type this and I’m not sure if I will take it any further, but heck in a day and age where instant gratification is king, I’ll allow myself a little bit of time to celebrate this accomplishment.  It took me about two years, so why not pop a bottle of something nice and just enjoy the moment?
Status: Draft with Beta Readers (they know who they are).
What’s next?  Not sure.
Dream?  Sure.  Speaking of dreams, check out these cover ideas (concepts by Mike Doyle):
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9 replies

  1. Good luck in all your writing endeavors….

    • Well, not exactly. I decided to stuff the entire thing into a drawer and write a new one. Only after my first draft is done, will I revisit RFC. Fortunately, I have a ton of feedback from great folks, like you, to use in the last and final rewrite. Then another round of revision, and ultimately the decision of line-edit and publication. I’m thinking this is a Jan-Mar 2014 exercise 🙂

  2. They’re looking good. If this cover had to say -one- thing what would it be?

  3. Yep, tlmorrissey. The “10,000 hours of practice (or is it 20,000? lots, anyway) = genius” meme is valid, but so is the value of coaching (by definition from an expert), and support from family and friends, as the original research in the paper “Making of an expert” (K. Anders Ericsson and others, Harvard Business Review, July 2007) outlines. Thanks to .

  4. One of my engilsh professors emailed us this link since we’re writing a stories as final projects, and I thought I’d share. (I though he was spot-on about the ‘gap’ he mentions!)



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