Upcoming Novel: HEARTS AND ERRORS, Chapter 2

CHAPTER  2: The Article

“Make a wish,” I mumble to myself, lifting it up and fanning the pages.

A loose leaf falls on my shoes.

I pick it up and notice the creases across the page. I iron it out with my hand, pressing it against my leg. As I do, I find myself drawn to a pull quote that says: I remember having this sudden urge to get lost somewhere, discover something new, or dream something big.  

I hold it closer, my eyes gawking at the words.
The title says:
Merci, Paris


More excerpts to come from my upcoming novel HEARTS AND ERRORS! Stay tuned!

Have a wonderful Wednesday, everyone!

Upcoming Novel: HEARTS AND ERRORS, Chapter 1

CHAPTER  1: Cursed


A blue Sharpie and an “I’m sorry” card.

It will be three years in twelve days since it happened, and I still get knots in my stomach whenever the date approaches.


As promised, here is the very first excerpt from my upcoming novel HEARTS AND ERRORS! More to come! Stay tuned.

Happy Tuesday, everyone!



Don’t Wait to Get Picked, Pick Yourself

It’s been two years since I last blogged. But I haven’t stopped writing.

For the last few years, I have worked on my craft—grinding it out, finishing one new novel after another, editing each manuscript—toiling over every sentence until I was satisfied. Then I would send out queries and wait for literary agents to get back to me—hoping for one of them to believe in my stories as much as I, and my beta readers, believe in them. With every few rejections I would receive, there would be a spark of hope—agents asking for a partial or a full manuscript. And while I held my breath, I would fulfill each request with my fingers crossed. Soon, the replies would filter in, some automated and generic, some even complimenting my writing and my stories—yet all would end with different variations of saying no.

Despite all the hard work I had put into each manuscript, I was back to square one.

Feeling defeated once more, I would take a deep breath and accept the fact—as discouraging as it was, that this was all part of the process of finding an agent. At least based on my research, other people’s experiences, and the information I had gained from writing workshops and conferences. It wouldn’t take long until I would start working on a new story, while emotionally and mentally preparing myself for the next round of writing, editing, and querying.

A few weeks ago, while scanning thumbnails on YouTube, I noticed an interview from Behind the Brand with Brian Elliott called, Seth Godin: Don’t wait to get picked, pick yourself.

I was intrigued. So, I clicked on it. Minutes later, everything made sense.

Don’t wait to get picked, pick yourself. A line that lingered in my head for the rest of the day.

It was clear. By me following the same paradigm year after year, I was no longer pursuing my own goals. I was simply following someone else’s path—hoping and expecting for the same results.

Without me noticing—this way of thinking and pursuing had caused me to forget the one thing I had set out to do: Write my stories and share them with you.

While I stayed cooped up inside my writing box—with one click, people all over the world were sharing their craft, product, or idea through social media and other platforms—finding their audience, building their careers, joining communities, changing their lives and others, and never looking back. People who believe and trust in their dream or idea—enough to let it drive them forward, regardless if they would fail or not.

Seth Godin is right. Don’t wait to get picked, pick yourself.

Follow your own path. Because just as we are all unique, each of our dreams are, too. There is no wrong or right way to achieve your dream. If one path does not work, do not give up.

Instead, move on and create your own opportunities.

I would love to get a literary agent. But it might not be in the cards right now. It’s time I fold this hand so I could get dealt a new one.

In 2012, I self-published my first novel, HIGH (A Caffeinated Love Story). To my loyal readers who have asked me through the years when my next novel is coming out—thank you for patiently waiting. I finally have an answer for you.

HEARTS AND ERRORS will release on January 19, 2019!

Beginning this week, excerpts from my upcoming novel and updates will be posted here and on my other social media accounts.

After all, this is all I ever wanted to do. To write my stories and share them with you.



THE GIRL is Now Available!

TheGirl_iPadIt’s here! My short story, THE GIRL, is now available on Amazon for 99 cents!

If you’re looking for a quick read this weekend, check out THE GIRL!

“I sip my coffee as the old lady sings her French ballad and lines up the croissants in a basket, and the old man whistles while he works. For a while, I sit here, as they talk to me and ask me questions about my day and about the things that I would be doing. I tell them stuff. I’ll be doing stuff. And a lot of it. Then on my way out, they say, “See you tomorrow, Chad!” And I simply smile and wave, but I know I won’t see them tomorrow. I leave them without ever mentioning my plans. I don’t know why, but I couldn’t get myself to tell them. Maybe because I knew it would make them sad. Or maybe because I knew it would make me sad, and I didn’t want to be sad about leaving.”
–Chad Miller, THE GIRL

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Corey M.P.

Book Cover Reveal for THE GIRL!

“Short stories are tiny windows into other worlds and other minds and other dreams. They are journeys you can make to the far side of the universe and still be back in time for dinner.”
—Neil Gaiman

Here it is! The book cover reveal for my short story, THE GIRL!



Today is Chad’s last day in Montreal. In just a few hours, he will be flying to Los Angeles, where his ex-girlfriend, Lara, is waiting for him.

But sometimes plans can change. Even when you have a one-way ticket in your hand.

THE GIRL is a short story that explores Chad Miller’s life, and everything that happens right before he meets Sonja Fines. Where THE GIRL ends, HIGH begins.

THE GIRL will be AVAILABLE TOMORROW, August 26, 2016, in eBook format on Amazon.com for 99 cents! I hope you check it out!

Share THE GIRL on social media and use #thegirlbycoreymp!

Corey M.P.
Instagram @coreympwrites

A Short Story

Screen Shot 2016-08-23 at 11.09.32 AMHello, friends and blog followers!

A few years ago, I wrote a novel called, HIGH (A Caffeinated Love Story). A story about Sonja Fines, a sleep-deprived workaholic from Manhattan, whose life changes after she ditches work on a whim and ends up in a coffee shop in Montreal.

Recently, after flipping through HIGH and hearing from some of my readers through social media and in person, I got inspired to write another story. One that relates to HIGH, but could also stand alone.

What I came up with is a short story called, THE GIRL. It explores Chad Miller’s life, right before he meets Sonja Fines.

And exactly where THE GIRL ends, HIGH begins.

I will be running a 99 cent promo for the eBook version of HIGH on the same week I release the eBook for THE GIRL, which will also be 99 cents.

Stay tuned for the book cover reveal and for the release and promotion dates.

In the meantime, stay in touch and follow me on Instagram @coreympwrites!

Corey M.P.

Holiday Book Sale!

Hello, everyone!
Happy Thanksgiving! There is so much to be grateful for this year.

As a thank you to all that have supported, and continue to support my humble books and creations, I am offering a holiday book sale. Get a 15% DISCOUNT when you shop on my Square online store (U.S. residents only).

Looking for a gift for your little one(s)? Sammy’s Books has a wide variety of titles,  perfect for babies, toddlers, and young children.


HIGHIn the mood for a love story? Check out my novel, HIGH.

Simply click on the link below to start shopping. To apply the discount, go to checkout, click on “Add promotional code” and enter: holiday

Books purchased from my Square online store will be signed copies. Feel free to share the code with your friends and family. This offer ends 12/25/2015.

For those who live outside the U.S. my books are also available on Amazon.

Thank you so much. I wish you all a very jolly holiday season.

8 Writing Tips: What We Learned from Watching ‘Mad Men’

Once in a while, we are lucky enough to come across a TV show that grabs us from the moment we watch the first scenes unfold, until the last scene fades to black.

Mad Men is one of those shows.

When Matthew Weiner wrote the pilot for Mad Men, he created a masterpiece.

(Warning: If you haven’t seen ‘Mad Men’, there are a few spoilers ahead.)

The first episode was unlike anything we had ever seen before. It gave the viewers a raw introduction to a time and place that some of us were unfamiliar with, and some of us were familiar with, but had long forgotten. It showed us a different life and gave us colorful characters that were complex and flawed—extremely flawed, but yet, we couldn’t help but root for them. It gave us scenes that shocked us, like at the end of the pilot episode, when Don Draper takes the train to the suburbs and goes home to his wife and kids.

It was an unforgettable episode, armed with the perfect script and a talented cast that seduced us. Our jaws dropped, and after that, we were curious. We were hooked.

As each character unraveled with every new episode, we latched on tighter and craved for more. With the perfect mix of career life, individual life, and family life, Mad Men’s writers surprised us, intrigued us, and inspired us. We laughed, and we cried. And like a good book that we couldn’t put down, we kept flipping the pages as we sat on the edge of our seats, eager to know what would happen next to Don, to Peggy, to Joan, to Pete, to Roger, and the rest of the amazing cast. Then, we turned the last page, and the book ended. But in our heads, the story continues. Because here we are, still talking about it.

That’s damn good writing.

8 Writing Tips: What We Learned from Watching ‘Mad Men’

1. Flawed Characters are perfect.
Yes, they’re perfect for stories. Why? Because they’re interesting. Who wants to watch or read about someone who has it all together? Flawed characters are constantly searching, trying, failing, and changing, making them interesting and relatable.

2. Create the unexpected.
The element of surprise can spice up a story. Twists are good. But don’t create one just to have one. Make sure it fits your story. Let unexpected things happen to your characters and make your audience think. A good example is from the pilot episode, when Pete shows up at Peggy’s apartment. That scene intrigued us, and it made us eager to know what would happen next to these characters.

3. Make your audience feel something.
Evoke an emotion. Any emotion. Make them think, laugh, cry, gasp, wonder, or even make them angry.

Here’s a tip: If you’re moved by your own story, chances are, your audience will be too.

4. Pick an interesting time and place to set your story.
The more uncommon, the better. People want an escape when they read a book, or a watch a movie or a TV show. Give it to them. Mad Men picked the ’50s to start their show, and it was a great idea. The heavy drinking and heavy smoking inside office buildings, are only a few examples of the things that we saw that amazed us, because they were so different from what we’re used to. These were important elements that enhanced the show, and it was yet another reason why we were drawn to watching it.

5. Character Development is important. 
Let’s take a look at Peggy Olson. She was Don Draper’s new secretary when the show started. She was young and naïve, but showed a lot of promise and determination. After her talents were discovered and tried, she was promoted to junior copywriter. As she continued to work hard and persevere, she landed the title of Copy Chief.

Although her career climbed at a steady pace, her personal life was a whole other story. For starters, she had a baby with Pete—a secret she had kept from everyone, except Don (Pete does find out eventually). She gave up the baby and struggled with that decision for years.

Peggy had affairs and had her heart broken many times. She was weak in other aspects of her life and strong in others, and we empathized with her.

How can we forget that scene from the Lost Horizon episode, when Peggy walks into McCann-Erickson carrying a box of her belongings, wearing a pair of sunglasses, a cigarette hanging from her mouth, and the old painting of the octopus under her arm? There’s a reason why we could not stop talking about it. It was a powerful scene. It showed us how much Peggy had evolved from the first time we had met her. And we liked this new Peggy. She’s strong and driven, and she knows exactly what she wants.

The more layers a character has, the better.

6. Write good dialogue.
Have you ever quoted a line or a dialogue from a movie, a TV show, or a book? If you have, it was probably because that line or that dialogue was memorable to you.

Sally: I’m sorry I broke your suitcase.
Don: Find out how much it is to repair and it will come out of your allowance.
Sally: I don’t have an allowance.
Don: Then don’t break things.

“Am I the only one who can work and drink at the same time?”—Peggy

“The reason you haven’t felt is because it doesn’t exist. What you call love was invented by guys like me…to sell nylons.”—Don Draper

If you’re writing a book, let your audience get to know your characters through inner dialogue by revealing their feelings and thoughts. Create outer dialogue that help your characters tell your story.

Keep in mind that dialogue has to have a purpose. Don’t just write dialogue to fill a page. Let your characters interact and start a conflict, or solve a problem. Dialogue is there because there’s a reason why it’s there.

7. Do your research.
If you’re going to create a story set in the ’50s, make sure to do your research. Mad Men did. From the magazines on display, to the outfits and the cars , they were all carefully picked for a reason—to tell their story accurately. The same goes for when you write books. If you’re going to write a novel about a boy growing up in the ’70s, do your research. Paint that picture for your readers and make them see it, feel it, and believe it.

8. Don’t be afraid to try something different.
Experiment and take risks. Matthew Weiner took a risk when he wrote the pilot for Mad Men and then pitched his idea to different networks. AMC took a risk as well. They had no idea how the show was going to be received. We all know their risks paid off.

Any successful TV show, movie, or book begins with good writing. So before you write your first story or your next story, think of these 8 Writing Tips. Or think of any of your favorite TV shows, movies, and/or books. Then ask yourself why you like these stories and these characters.

And then remember these reasons, gain inspiration from them, and start writing.


IMG_3604“Writing has laws of perspective, of light and shade just as painting does, or music. If you are born knowing them, fine. If not, learn them. Then rearrange the rules to suit yourself.”

—Truman Capote

7 Writing Quotes That Will Inspire You

Paris Notebook“If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it.”
—Elmore Leonard

“Just write every day of your life. Read intensely. Then see what happens. Most of my friends who are put on that diet have very pleasant careers.
—Ray Bradbury, WD

“Anyone who is going to be a writer knows enough at 15 to write several novels.”
—May Sarton

“You do not have to explain every single drop of water contained in a rain barrel. You have to explain one drop—H2O. The reader will get it.”
—George Singleton

“When writing a novel a writer should create living people; people, not characters. A character is a caricature.”
—Ernest Hemingway

“Write while the heat is in you. The writer who postpones the recording of his thoughts uses an iron which has cooled to burn a hole with.”
—Henry David Thoreau

“First, find out what your hero wants, then just follow him!”
—Ray Bradbury