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Don’t trash that crappy first draft!

Oh it may be full of grammatical errors that would send your high school English teachers into hysterics but that’s not reason enough to throw it away.  And maybe the plot line may move like a 1920’s Model T going backwards up the crooked mile, still is it truly worth destroying?  And perhaps most of the characters may be as shallow as a puddle, and probably deserve to be drowned in one, but do not throw that draft away!

Instead I want you read every last word, even if it’s hard as hell to get past the first few pages, keep reading!  Do not stop until you’ve read the entire thing.

Why? I hear you ask.

Because, that shitty first draft may be the most important one you ever write.

I’m being serious here folks.  And no I’m not going to be going on about how every journey in writing starts with a first draft, or something like that.  What I am going to tell you is that first drafts, even the lamest ones, have value.

When I first started writing “The Door”, it was going to be the second book in my Para-Earth series.  Mainly because it was going take up exactly where the first book “The Bridge” left off.  I thought there was no way I could possibly put another story in between the two, even though I really wanted to focus on the second lead couple (Cassandra Elliott, and Julie Cloudfoot) and their blossoming relationship.  My original plan was to develop their growing love in the second book, but things were getting too complicated.  Too many characters, too many subplots, I had to scale back.  So after writing almost 70,000 words in “The Door”, I said enough and set it aside.  Instead, I followed some “bread crumbs” I’d left myself (see my blog entry from January 31st https://akrummenacker.wordpress.com/2015/01/31/follow-the-breadcrumbs/) back in “The Bridge” and found an opening.

I had clearly stated that a month had passed between the climactic battle and the events that happened in the epilogue.  I had also sent Julie and Cassie over to the west coast.  I had plenty of room for a story in between that would involve just the two of them, as well as leading them back to witness the events that took place during the epilogue of “The Bridge”.  Thus, “The Ship” was born.

But even after I finished “The Ship” and published it, I was not ready to back to “The Door”.  Instead,  a new character had captured my imagination and I began work on “The Vampyre Blogs”, hoping to release it next, before returning to “The Door”.

However, after finishing the first draft of “The Vampyre Blogs” I realized I wanted to release it around Halloween and the time had passed.  So I sent it off to my editor for corrections, even though it was a first draft.  I know it will go through many more changes, but in the meantime, I needed to get back to “The Door” because it had to come before my vampyre’s first tale.  I needed to finish the underlying story arc that was running through my first two books.  It’s turn had come and I needed to finish it.

By this time it had been over two years since I last looked at it, so it was with experienced eyes that I pulled it out and started to look at the first few pages.  Originally, I thought it would be easy to insert just a few scenes and continue the flow I had started, but it didn’t work out that way.

Thanks to “The Ship” so many plans and ideas had to be scrapped.  And my writing style had changed.  A number of people told me how much my writing had ‘matured’ and now I could clearly see it for myself.  So much had to be changed and rewritten.  At times it almost seemed too much.

I began to doubt myself and wondered if I was really up to the challenge.  Could I really make this story work?  Time and again, I kept running up against ideas that no longer fit, and characters who needed to be removed from the story entirely.  I began to question myself and ask, “Should I just trash this and start over from scratch?”  But then I’d run across scenes that were perfectly fine and still flowed beautifully with the new stuff I was creating.   In fact, it felt like what was I creating now was way better than what I’d originally done.  And at the same time, the overall storyline was still following what I had wanted all along.  In fact, I’d found ways to improve it.

But I was still running up against obstacles and areas where I just wasn’t sure what to do.

Then by sheer chance, I was scrolling through the new draft which was being built on top of a duplicate file of the original first draft.  But I overshot where I had left off and found a scene I had completely forgotten about.  Pausing I re-read my words and was taken aback by the power of the scene and the beauty I’d created.  This scene HAD to stay, I told myself.  Then I began thinking, ‘Are there other scenes like this one I’ve forgotten?’

So I did the unthinkable…

I stopped work on “The Door” and took a few steps back.  Instead of writing, I decided to read every word and every page of the original first draft.

It hasn’t been easy at times, but I’ve been unearthing scenes that to me are absolute treasures.  I’ve also been cutting and removing other scenes and characters who no longer have any place in this book, but might be good for another story down the road.  I’ve saved those sections and preserved them in a separate file folder.  Those who’ve been following this blog know I always urge writers to do this.  What may not be working in your current book, might be just the thing you need in another one down the road.

As for the scenes I’m keeping, I am breathing a sigh of relief.  Some of them are better than I anything I might have tried to replace them with.  New ideas and ways to move the story forward are opening up to me.  But I still have to finish re-reading that ‘shitty first draft’ before I start writing new scenes.

There are more scenes and ideas I’ve forgotten about, of that I’m sure.  I may not want to keep all of them, but I suspect even if I don’t keep any of it, they will give me knew ideas.  So don’t give up completely on that first draft.  Save it, learn from it, and build from it.  You might even want to preserve certain scenes from it.

All stories start with a first draft that can be more than a little rough around the edges.  But without a first draft, you can’t begin your story.

Until next time, take care of yourselves my friends, and keep writing.


Hello everyone, today I want to give you all a little insight into how things are going with my latest novel.

Some of you may know that I had started working on “The Door” some time back, but then set it aside to work on “The Vampyre Blogs – Coming Home”.  I did this originally, because I’d hoped to get the vampyre book out last October, but of course that didn’t happen.  My classes at CSU Monterey Bay got crazy with the workload so I couldn’t finish in time.

Now, the vampyre book is set around October so I wanted to keep with the whole Halloween timing, so after finishing the 1st draft I’ve set it aside and gone back to “The Door”.  This is actually beneficial since “The Door” will temporarily wrap things up for the heroes of my first two novels “The Bridge” and “The Ship”.  So by going back to “The Door” I can have a sort of trilogy to put out as a box set come Christmastime.

With this in mind I dove back into my first draft of “The Door” which was about 2/3’s done.  And below you’ll see how I felt about this at first…

But then something happened.  I’d forgotten where I started that book out and who was where when I completed my second novel “The Ship”.  Originally I just had Alex and Veronica in the scene at the end of “The Bridge”, but at the end of my second novel “The Ship” I had my other two major characters Julie and Cassandra showing up on the scene seconds later.

Now, I figured adding Cassie and Julie would be easy and I wouldn’t have to change too much of the scene I’d written for “The Door”.  Oh there might be a few details here and there, but nothing too major, right?  That’s what I kept telling myself two weeks ago…

This is how I feel now…

I swear it feels like I’m rewriting just about every sentence, every word, even the commas and periods!  Why?  Because I wanted to have my four main characters back together right away and so did my audience.  In doing this, I changed the entire dynamics and course of events that followed.  The main story is following close to the original plan, but the dialogue and actions changed dramatically.

Furthermore, I’ve also had to remove other characters and events I had planned from later parts of the book as well, because they don’t fit anymore.  Yet, I’m not disappointed or sorry to see them go.  The story I has had it going originally was becoming too complicated.  I needed to simplify things a bit.  Plus, thanks to “The Ship” I was able to introduce certain new characters there who would be appearing in this third installment, thus simplifying some of the upcoming scenes.

There’s still plenty of intrigue and mystery in store for my readers with “The Door”.  But it’s taking a slightly different form than what I’d originally envisioned, which in my opinion is for the better.  There’s still a long haul ahead, but sometimes you need to walk away from a book you’re working on in order to get new ideas and a fresh perspective.

But if you do this, be prepared to be flexible and ready to jettison parts or even entire ideas, chapters, or characters from the story.  DO NOT DELETE them though.  Save those fragments and put them in  special file on your computer.  Just because they’re no longer useful for this story, you might find they have a life of their own that may give birth to a whole new idea down the road.

Rewriting may not always be fun, in fact it can be downright infuriating at times.  However, it can be a very effective tool to help you create a much better product for your audience.

Until next time, take care and keep writing.


Happy New Year 2015

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!

If you’re reading this I’ll take it that you survived 2014 and are a glutton for punishment because you’re still reading what I have to say here.  Bless your hearts.

With that said, I’m going to try and start the year off on a good note here by posting the opening section of “The Door”, which will be the third book in my Para-Earth Series.  This time Alex, Veronica, Cassie and Julie are back together to face threats old and new.

The white-haired man known only as Z has returned, along with the fragment of the creature our heroes helped destroy in “The Bridge”.  For those who read book 2 “The Ship” we saw Z and his companion help protect Cassandra from the threat that arose from the deeps, but it wasn’t out of kindness.  He has plans of his own for her and now they’re about to bear fruit.

But the girl is guarded by her friends Alex and Veronica, as well as her lover Julie.  Plus of course there’s the ghostly Brandon who has watched over the girl since the day she was born.  However, Z has allies of his own.  Betrayal and danger await from the most unexpected quarters.

With all that said, allow me to post the first preliminary sketch for the cover, along with the opening sequence of “The Door”.  I hope you enjoy, but remember one thing, ‘You enter at your own risk…’

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THE DOOR

by

Allan Krummenacker

(Copyright 2015)

The door stood in a hillside near an open field.  Grass and weeds had long ago swallowed the stonework that surrounded it, leaving just the portal itself visible.   The dark wood looked strange and sinister.  In the grain one could almost see contorted faces crying out for release.

Few people came here, if ever.  But now tall figure appeared with a long cape of jet black approached.  He had long white hair and wore a black frock coat.  He strode up to the door and halted.  After studying the vegetation around the edges, his eyes fixed on the portal itself.  A smile slowly crept over his hawkish features as he turned away.

Strolling along the slope he continued to study the plants along the way.  The changes he’d noticed around the doorway were getting more prominent the further he moved away from the portal.  Eventually he reached one section where the flora had become almost sinister in appearance.  “Oh yes,” he whispered and listened closely to the silence that seemed to have settled in this area.

Suddenly, his cape began to billow and flap even though there was no wind.

The man stiffened and leapt some fifty feet straight up.  The folds of his cloak spreading like gigantic bat wings as he descended onto a thick branch of a neighboring tree.  Landing with the grace of an eagle, he bent his head and stared downwards.

Smoke-like hands had shot out of hillside itself, reaching and grasping at the space he’d just vacated.  With growing satisfaction he watched the ghostly appendages waved about in an almost pitiful manner, knowing their quarry had eluded them yet again.  Finally, they slowly sank back into the dried leaves that covered the ground, and disappeared from sight.

Stepping off the branch he landed nimbly and proceeded to move away just in case the offending appendages tried to make another attempt to accost him.  But nothing happened, much to his delight.

His cape fluttered briefly in the still air.

“Yes, they have become much weaker,” he murmured as if answering a question only he could hear.  “We’ll start keeping closer tabs on the girl.”

Once more the black fabric moved of its own accord as if in response.

“Yes, keeping watch over her would be difficult for us.  The son of Jerome has been watching her more closely than ever after that business on the other side of the continent.   But I have other allies who will keep us apprised of her movements,” he told his garment.  “They are already in position as a matter of fact.  Thanks to them I know Cassandra is in Connecticut right now, visiting the very friends who helped kill your parent.”

This time the ebony shroud did not move.

He was not surprised.  The being was primitive in many ways.  Loyalty to its progenitor was not part of the creature’s nature.  Then again, it wasn’t his either.  After all he did share a lineage with his intended target.  He’d even orchestrated her birth, but only to make sure the bloodline was as close and true to that of the original ‘key’.


First off, I want to wish everyone a Happy New Year’s Eve.  We’ve gotten through another year, and I hope that whatever you do to celebrate tonight, please be safe.

 

This past year has been another interesting one, especially with the release of the second novel in my Para-Earth Series.  “The Ship” has gotten a number of 5 star reviews and has been hailed as better its predecessor “The Bridge”.  Although both are connected, each novel stands on its own and can be sampled for free at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Smashwords.  For those wondering, I’ve made the first 30 pages of each novel available for sampling (that’s right, I don’t skimp).

I also created a new blog titled “The Vampyre Blogs – Private Edition” (link: http://thevampyreblogs.blogspot.com/), which serves as a preview of my next venture into the Para-Earth Series.  On this blog you can meet my first vampyre character, who shares many strengths and weakness of the creatures of legend, but is decidedly NOT undead.  I’ve been posting short story entries on that blog to help introduce him and several other characters who will appear in the novel itself.  However, none of the entries on the blog will be appearing in the novel.

Looking forward to the coming year, one of my goals is to release book #3 “The Door” which will reunite the characters from my first 2 books as well as placing them all in new dangers from old foes they thought vanquished.  Underlying mysteries and loose threads from the first two novels will also be addressed as one character’s entire life will be explained and changed forever.  I’m hoping to release “The Door” towards the end of May.

Also planned for release in October/December of 2015, will be “The Vampyre Blogs – Coming Home”, the first in that part of my Para-Earth Series.  *Note: I will continue to also release short stories which will act as supplemental material, on the blog site itself.*

I am also currently trying to decide whether or not to try placing “The Bridge” and/or “The Ship” into the Kindle Unlimited program.  Neither has been doing very well in sales for the past few months in spite of all my advertising.  A part of me is getting the impression that people are unwilling to take a risk on a little-known author.  Whereas in the Kindle Unlimited program, people can ‘borrow’ as many e-books as they like for a set yearly fee.  The author’s get a percentage every time their book is ‘borrowed’ earning more money and gaining new readers.

But the downside would be I’d have to remove the books I place into the program from Smashwords, Barnes and Noble and other non-kindle places.  So I really could use some feedback from all of you as to whether or not I should take such a drastic step.  Therefore I ask you all to leave your thoughts and feelings in the comment section below.  You are my audience and are very important to me.  I don’t want any of you getting short-changed because of any decision I make.  I’d also like to hear from any authors who are already in the program and wish to share their experiences.

Anyway, this is all I have to say for now as we all get ready to close out 2014.  I look forward to hearing from you all in 2015 as I continue to share my knowledge and experiences on this winding road of book publishing.

Take care, stay safe and keep writing everyone.

****MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE****

Both my books “The Bridge” and “The Ship” are 1/2 off from now until January 2nd, 2015. So take advantage and grab some 5-star tales for you new Kindle, Nook, I-Pad, I-Book etc.

Each novel is only a $1.49 instead of the usual $2.99. So you can get both books for the price of one. Enjoy and spread the word to everyone you know. Book 3 will be coming out in mid-2015, followed by my first vampyre novel in late October.

Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/Allan-Krummenacker/e/B00B1W8TEU/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

Nook: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/c/allan-krummenacker

Apple and other readers (including PDF for just a regular laptop/desktop computer): https://www.smashwords.com/books/byseries/1383

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I had planned on releasing a special short story on Christmas Day for all my readers.  The original idea had been to release it on Smashwords for free, in order for everyone to take advantage of their new Nooks, Kindles, I-Pads, etc.  However due to all a heavy last minute cram everything into the last few weeks of the semester at my university, I never got to do a cover and several other things needed before the story could go up on Smashwords.

So instead, I’ve been releasing the story in chapters on my other blog “The Vampyre Blogs – Special Edition”.  

What makes this story so special is that it involves not only my vampyre character Nathaniel, but several other familiar faces faces from my first published novel “The Bridge”. I set the story sixteen years in the past so as not to conflict with that took place in “The Bridge”.

I’ll continue to release more chapters each day up until Christmas where the story will reach its climax.   Depending on the response I get, I hope to do the same thing next year with a brand new story.

At the same time, I’ll be releasing the current story in its entirety for Kindle, Nook, and other e-books with but with an original artwork cover, proper editing, and possibly some illustrations (fingers crossed).

In the meantime, let the holiday reading begin.  I’m providing links to Parts I and II just below.  Tomorrow I’ll post the link for part III and so on until Christmas day.  I hope you all take advantage and enjoy the story.  Please leave feedback here or over at “The Vampyre Blogs – Private Edition”.so I know what you all thought of the story and your opinions on my releasing it installments.

“Home For Christmas: A Para-Earth Holiday Tale”

PART I: http://thevampyreblogs.wordpress.com/2014/12/22/home-for-christmas-a-para-earth-holiday-tale-part-one/

PART II: http://thevampyreblogs.wordpress.com/2014/12/22/home-for-christmas-a-para-earth-holiday-tale-part-two/


How about one or even two trade paperbacks signed and personalized by the author?

 

That’s right, you can get signed and personalized copies of books one and two in my 5-Star “Para-Earth” series for just $10.00 each, plus $5.00 shipping and handling anywhere in the United States. (For overseas shipping will be more of course, and will depend on the destination).

*I accept Paypal, checks, or money orders*

Just tell me which title(s) you want and if they’re to be signed and personalized. (Some people prefer just signed, which is why I ask).

You can contact me by leaving a message below or by e-mailing me at:

allan.krummenacker@gmail.com

Please note: Normal mailing time is 5-9 days, so order soon to get it in time for Christmas. If there’s a rush, let me know and the shipping price will be adjusted accordingly.  Also, with the holiday approaching the sooner you order the better, so I can get it to you in time.  Or if you like, I can mail the book(s) fully gift-wrapped to the recipient if you wish.

You can take a sneak peak inside both “The Bridge” and “The Ship” at:

http://www.amazon.com/Allan-Krummenacker/e/B00B1W8TEU/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1417970696&sr=8-1

Just click on each title and you can read the first 20 pages for free.

Hoping you’re all enjoying the holiday season, take care and keep writing.



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You read correctly. You have only hours left to get one or both of my 5-STAR paranormal/mystery e-books “The Bridge” and “The Ship” for $.99 Cents each. That’s 2/3’s off the regular price folks. Tomorrow, both books will be going back to their regular price of $2.99.

So take advantage of me… I mean… this sale to give yourself or someone you know who’ll be getting a Kindle, Nook, Smartphone, Ipad, laptop or a new desktop, something they can enjoy right away. Ghosts (which is appropriate at Christmas), psychics, mystery, love, and heart-pounding excitement await await you all in these two novels.

And if you’ve already gotten copies for yourself, thanks so much for your support. I only ask you please help spread the word to family, friends and everyone you know so they can take advantage of this sale.

We’ve got all the e-book formats, just click on the links below to get the one that will fit you or that special someone who’s going to be receiving that e-reader so they have something exciting to read as soon as they open their gift.

*NOTE: You can read samples both books for free as well as buy copies at the following links:

KINDLE: amazon.com/author/allankrummenacker

AMAZON.UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/…/e/B00B1W8TEU/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

BARNES AND NOBLE: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/c/allan-krummenacker

NOOK, SONY E-READER, APPLE, PDF OR E-PUB FORMATS:

https://www.smashwords.com/books/byseries/1383

KOBO: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/search?Query=Allan+Krummenacker


****GOING ON NOW AND LASTING UNTIL MIDNIGHT MONDAY****
All e-copies of my 5-star paranormal/mystery books will be available for just $0.99 cents

Whether you have a Kindle, a Nook, a smartphone, or even just a laptop or desktop, there will be a format available for you.

“The Bridge” Book 1 in the Para-Earth Series

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Alex Hill buried his psychic talents for eighteen year. But with with scream of tires and twisting metal, all this changes.

When his girlfriend, Police Sergeant Veronica Ross , is nearly run down by two teens he becomes concerned. But upon learning that both the driver and passenger of the vehicle in question, had been dead for almost twelve hours before the incident, he knows what he must do…

“THE SHIP” Book 2 in the Para-Earth Series

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Cassandra Elliott is a billionaire heiress, who has just come out of the closet. She’s also a powerful psychic who has seen incredible and terrifying things.

In fact just two weeks ago she and her girlfriend Julie Cloudfoot survived a terrifying experience. Fighting alongside their friends Alex Hill and Police Sergeant Veronica Ross, they faced creature from a parallel reality, where evolution had taken a decidedly different turn.

As a result of that encounter Cassie and Julie have come to Santa Cruz, California to bury Julie’s uncle who fell to the creature. They’ve also come to see if their new romantic relationship will work out. Unknown to either of them an old adversary has followed them.

A white-haired man in a flowing black cape is lurking inside an old wrecked ship. He has plans for Cassandra and will need her soon, but until then he must keep her safe. However, a new threat appears, a legendary ghost ship arises from the sea and marks the girl as its next target.

Soon the two women find themselves fighting not only for their lives, to be keep from being separated forever…

***You can find and sample both books for free at the following links***

KINDLE: amazon.com/author/allankrummenacker

AMAZON.UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Allan-Krummenacker/e/B00B1W8TEU/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

BARNES AND NOBLE: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/c/allan-krummenacker

NOOK, SONY E-READER, APPLE, PDF OR E-PUB FORMATS:

https://www.smashwords.com/books/byseries/1383

KOBO:http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/search?query=Allan+Krummenacker&fcsearchfield=Author&fclanguages=all


A couple of weeks ago, I received these packages in the mail…

 I shared this photo on FB and teased people for a couple of days about what might be inside, before finally revealing their contents.

At least one of my FB friends asked, “Wow, that’s a lot of books  Are you having a special event?”

My answer was no.

So then someone else asked, “Well then why did you get so many?  What are you planning on doing with them?”

I responded with, “Well, I’m making them available for anyone who wants a signed edition for just $15.00, plus $3.00 for shipping.  If they want a copy of each book it will be two for $25.00, plus $5.00 for shipping.”

Then came the inevitable question of, “What happens if you don’t sell them all?”

My response was this…

I went to one of the local public libraries and asked if they would like some free copies of a local author’s books for their shelves.  They’re response was a huge smile and “Yes, we would thank you so much…”  From there the conversation drifted to the subject of the books and discussions about whether they ever had authors come and give talks.  I’m currently getting lined up to go back in a month or two to give my first talk about writing and becoming an Indie Author.

My next destination was to return to Cabrillo College, where I received my Associates Degree in Human Services.  I went straight into the college bookstore and began looking over their shelves.  I saw immediately that they carried books by alumnus and local authors (I of course happened to be both).  Then I made my way over to the nearest salesperson and asked to speak to the manager of the bookstore.  After a quick introduction and a brief explanation, she told me they’d be only too happy to carry my books.  But instead of asking me to supply the copies she wanted to know who my publisher was.  When I told her it was Createspace, she smiled and said, “Great, I can order directly from them, we have a good working relationship with Createspace.”

I then asked about authors coming and doing book signings and she was quite interested.  She told me they don’t have many but enjoy doing it whenever they had an opportunity.  In fact they were getting one set up for one of the instructors at the college.  I’m to get back in touch with her in a month, once the books are on the shelves and we will try to arrange a date and time for me to do a signing there as well.

Before I left, I went to say hello to a few of my old instructors and also slipped over to the college’s newspaper office.  There I found out who I needed to contact to try and get some publicity in the campus newspaper.  I’m waiting for when the books are on the shelves before we get anything in print to help drive people to the bookstore.

So all this happened last week.  What did I get up to this week?  You’ll have to wait for the next installment to find out.

Until then, take care and keep writing.

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