Creativity / publishing / writing

Writing Wednesday: Keep Your Story to Yourself

I’ve read somewhere (in one of those HOW TO WRITE books I read when I was THINKING about GETTING SERIOUS about becoming a WRITER – we’ve all done that, haven’t we?) that you shouldn’t talk to people about what you’re writing. It may be tempting – you’re at a cocktail party or a barbecue, and someone asks you what you do, and you’re trying to take your passion seriously, so you say “I write” (or “I’m a WRITER” if you’re more confident.) The next thing you know, they ask you what you’re writing, and so you start talking about what’s currently in process, even using the opportunity to work through some of what you haven’t even written yet.


Don’t over-talk your story before it’s written. There’s a difference between writing it as it comes out and saying it, but when you tell someone else what you’re thinking of writing, it’s almost as if you already have written it, and it short-circuits the creative process – at least for me. The inspiration becomes stale before I can get it on the page, and it never flows the same way it did when it first came out.

Keep your powder dry.

I try not to tell anyone what I’m writing. It’s not hard to do – unless I’m actually sitting and writing, I have a hard time remembering WHAT I’m writing about. Just the other day, my writing a novel came up, and someone asked me what Swordsmaster is about, and I DREW A BLANK. This is a story that I first started writing over 35 years ago, and that I spent a substantial portion of 2015 working on, but I couldn’t answer. Part of that was admittedly trying to abide by my own rules about talking about your writing before it’s done, and part of it was not wanting to deliver a spoiler, but mainly I couldn’t remember enough of it to intelligently answer the question.

Hmmm… maybe that means that it’s okay to go back and resume working on it, now that I don’t know what it’s about, again.

Just saying…


ObsoleteCoverMy next release is – “Obsolete”:

When we leave Earth, will we forget what it’s like to be human?

Mr. Omega, the last unmodified man, stands trial for unthinkingly preserving his own life over that of a superior being.

“Obsolete” is a short, speculative fiction. I was wondering – as we FINALLY try to go into space, will our ability to alter ourselves become more cost effective than creating safety devices to protect us from the perils of space travel? And what will be the value of an ORIGINAL man?

The release date is in two days, but you can preorder now at a REDUCED PROMOTIONAL PRICE at all the usual places, including (but not limited to):




DempseysDebutCoverThis week’s Smashword’s coupon is for “Dempsey’s Debut”:

How would you like to be abducted by alien mantises for some live entertainment, and that just because of your namesake? Jack Dempsey feels ‘boxed’ in when he’s forced to carry on the family name, and certainly doesn’t want to become part of the Krills’ warped mating ritual. It’s hard to live up to your ancestors.

I was thinking about an alien species judging us by our violent past (maybe not just judging us on it, but interested in us specifically because of it.) As all distant relationships go, they were not reading us quite right (they were seeing our gladiator movies and boxing and other entertainments as a depiction of what we are truly like.) An alien procures a human for entertainment at a party, and then has to deal with the demands of his guests. I intended this to be comic, and once I decided on the nature of the alien, that added to the comedy (I have a fascination with praying mantises – I’ve watched them since I was a boy, and they figure in at least one other of my stories.)

Use coupon code PC82S to get 67% off the cover price at Smashwords (that’s only 99-cents – such a deal!) – it’s good until July 30th. Here’s the link:

“Dempsey’s Debut” is also available in the collection – And Yet Still Even More Things I Could Get OUT OF MY MIND.


Collection7eBookCoverI’m participating in Smashwords’ site-wide Summer/Winter Sale promotion – for the month of July, all of my collections are 50%-off with a coupon (the coupons is listed on the individual page for each book – it’s SSW50 in case you have trouble finding it.) The coupon applies to my seven OUT OF MY MIND collections, plus my Herc Tom Collection Cats of War I and the Detective Jimmy Delaney collection Broken Down.

All can be found on my Smashwords author page (listed below), or you can find the individual links on yesterday’s Selling Saturday posting by clicking HERE.


William Mangieri’s writing, including his latest Publication “Mating Rituals”, can be found in many places, including:




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