Writing Wednesday: Character Work

Goals updates:

I finished the final revision of “Schizo the Magnificent” and sent it to market, so Eleven of the twelve new stories this year are done.

Ten-day turn-around on story submissions – I’ve had some slips due to market availability, but still generally being adhered to (“All the News That’s Fit for You” is a week late on getting back out to market – can’t figure out where else to send it.)

Indie publishing something every four weeks continues; last Friday was the release day for “Stalking Rebecca.”

Three blog postings last week as expected (changed Forecast Friday to a more general category, like Fill-in Friday.)

I only wrote 619 words of fiction – mostly new words in Swordsmaster, plus the final revision of “Schizo the Magnificent.”


It’s time to resign myself to the fact that wordcount is not an effective metric when working on the multiple revisions that a novel (Swordsmaster) will require. But I can’t just ignore the target, even though it makes it look like I’m not doing anything about my writing when I am; the 3,000-word quota has been a great help in keeping my nose to the grindstone. I have to remind myself that the number of words isn’t the real objective – it’s doing what I need to finish my work; I’ll just have to get over what it’s doing to my stats…


My next, arbitrarily-chosen revision for Swordsmaster will be character-centered. I’m revisiting some of my writing books – it’s been years since I read OSC’s Character and Viewpoint, and I’m hoping a fresh look at it will help me see what I need to improve in Swordsmaster. I may even do some character interviews (something I’ve read about for years, but have never actually done myself.) There are SO MANY characters in Swordsmaster, I need to do something to make them stand out more than cardboard cutouts.

I suppose it’s a laziness on my part that I haven’t done this for my short fiction. It’s not that the characters in my short fiction don’t have… character; if I’m asked about each, I can explain them just fine (while I’m writing them, mind you – my memory isn’t good enough to vouch for them a month after I’m done with a story.) But I’m willing to bet there’s something about the process of ACTUALLY FORCING YOURSELF TO WRITE DOWN BACKGROUND DETAILS that transfers itself into the story itself and makes everything (the characters, I this case) seem more real – fleshes them out. It’s an exercise I haven’t bothered myself with before because my time was precious to me, and doing anything other than JUST WRITING was going to hurt my wordcount.

Well, I’ve learned how to spew plenty of words – now that I’ve turned over a new leaf and (hope I’ve) abandoned thinking in just volume, let’s see what else I can learn.

Just saying.


Now that “Stalking Rebecca” has been ePubbed, it’s time to start prepping for “Imperial Purrogative”:

Champion of the Empire Hercules Tom is on the outs with Emperor Maxamillian and, Imperial Purrogative being what it is, has to deal with Rotter plots, traitors, assassins and other Imperial intrigues.

“Imperial Purrogative” is a novelette, the fifth story in my Herc Tom, Champion of the Empire series.) I hope to have it available on preorder for a couple of weeks before its November 17th release.


StalkingCoverWilliam Mangieri’s writing – including his most recent ePublication “Stalking Rebecca” – can be found in many places, including:
• Smashwords:  https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/NoTimeToThink
• His Amazon Author page:  http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B008O8CBDY
• Barnes & Noble:  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/william-mangieri?store=book&keyword=william+mangieri
• Createspace (if you prefer physical books):  https://www.createspace.com/pub/simplesitesearch.search.do?sitesearch_query=william+mangieri&sitesearch_type=STORE
• His site on WordPress:  https://williammangieri.wordpress.com
• “William Mangieri’s Writing Page” on Facebook at:  http://www.facebook.com/NoTimeToThink
• His Goodreads author page:  http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6893616.William_Mangieri
• Or on twitter: @WilliaMangieri

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