Creativity / writing

Writing Wednesday: Creating from Nothing

“And the Earth was without form and void.” – Genesis I, 2

I have often likened fiction writing (and many other CREATIVE acts) to God-like creation. No, that doesn’t mean I have a GOD COMPLEX. But often artists find themselves in the position of creating something from seeming nothingness.

This isn’t technically true, of course; none of us actually start in a void. We bring our experiences, the work of others, and the universe we live in to bear on that blank canvas and create something from it.

When I was still a theatre student, my final exam for Set Design and Technical Drawing for Theatre (2 different classes) was to select a play and design the sets for it; I chose Becket. I had some thoughts for how I wanted things to look, but no definite image in my head. All I really had was an idea of texture – I wanted it to feel ancient – stones were prominent in my set pieces. But the first drawing I made of this concept was flat, almost as if the elements had just been dropped onto the stage and allowed to fall where they may. Then my left brain started refining – adding in visual design concepts, thinking about actors needing to be on stage and how they’d get there – to bring it to its final form.

When I write a story, the vision that gets me to begin is sketchy, and as I barrel forward with the story, settings, characters, and other elements fall in and stay where they first land. It isn’t until I’ve let my right brain finish its work that I let the left brain rein it all in, pick up the pieces, and figure out where they belong.

Creation is messy, but you have to let your right brain go on flights of fancy. There’ll be plenty of time later to clean up the mess and make it logical.

Just saying…


WolvesWillComeCoverThis week’s Smashwords coupon is for “The Wolves Will Come”:

How will you answer when they are at your door?
The Tribe is leaving their world for a new home, but Bear is too old to make the journey. It is of no real consequence – neither is it in him to run from his enemies, nor to abandon his heart’s home. It’s just a matter of time before the Exiled find him – or will age and the wolves get to him first?

Use coupon code CM25R to get 67% off the cover price at Smashwords (that’s only 99-cents – such a deal!) – it’s good until July 2nd Here’s the link:

“The Wolves Will Come” is also available in the collection – And Yet Still Even More Things I Could Get OUT OF MY MIND.


MatingRitualsCoverUp next for publication: “Mating Rituals”

It’s been so long…
Manti has only one night left on Cuniculus before she returns to Cesilli – why not spice up a paid hit with a little romance?

“Mating Rituals” is a very short, speculative fiction that came to me out of nowhere (well, I heard Manti beginning her monologue inside my head, so I guess that’s where it actually came from. There are SO MANY voices running around in there…) The release date is July 1st (just 3 more days), but you can preorder now at a REDUCED PROMOTIONAL PRICE at all the usual places, including (but not limited to):



William Mangieri’s writing, including his latest publication More, And Yet Still Even More Things I Could Get OUT OF MY MIND, can be found in many places, including:
• Smashwords:
• His Amazon Author page:
• Barnes & Noble:
• Createspace (if you prefer physical books):
• His site on WordPress:
• “William Mangieri’s Writing Page” on Facebook at:
• His Goodreads author page:
• Or on twitter: @WilliaMangieri

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