Writing Wednesday: Character Building (Who are These People?)

Goals status from last week:  Nothing yet toward my quota of ten short stories for this year (I’m supposed to be focused on Swordsmaster for the first half, so unless a story starts knocking me about the head, there won’t be any new ones for a while.) Stories are going back out to market as quickly as they can. The first ePub for this year will be released on the 19th – everything I have is out to publishers right now, so I’ll decide Friday on which story it will be if nothing has come back by then. Blogs continue to post. I have NOT made good on my 3 comments/weak on other blogs – I shall have to remedy that.

I generated 3112 words – just over my quota, so a good start for the year (if I was smart and wanted to game the system, I’d do ZERO words the first week so my average can go up each week – but this isn’t a game. Swordsmaster crossed the 66,000-word mark, on its way to the (totally guessing) 90,000 words I’m planning on.


Swordsmaster revisions are coming a bit easier now – I think it’s that I’m sticking with the novel and not getting sidetracked on any new short fiction. I’m still working on what I’m calling my Character-Building Pass – as I go through and encounter new characters (NEW meaning a character that didn’t appear on previous pages), I do an interview with the character. Each interview has given me insights into that character, how they fit in the story, and even some things about the world of Swordsmaster that I never thought of (how can this be, when I created all this to begin with? I guess it’s because they live (they ARE alive – never doubt it) there and I don’t. I probably need to do a better job immersing myself…) Several times now I’ve had to go back and add a character into an earlier scene because the interview helps me realize that they should have been there. I’m about forty-five percent through with this pass, then I’ll figure out what’s needed next.


Reading George R.R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire series has really helped with my thinking on what I need to do to improve my detail, world-building, and characterization, but as much as I’m in love with the series, I’m going to take a break from it after A Storm of Swords and switch to a different author – partly to keep from having too much of its influence seep into Swordsmaster, and also to experience a successful author who probably doesn’t write the same as Martin (I was going to say “doesn’t write as well as Martin” because I think A Song of Ice and Fire is JUST THAT GOOD, but that’s a value judgement that may not be entirely fair. Each author has their own strengths, their own voice, and there isn’t just ONE aspect of writing that they can be judged on.) It would be an ego-boost-bonus to find a successful author with some of my own weaknesses, though – then I might feel less like I’m just spinning my wheels. Just saying…


My next ePub release date is on January 19th. Most likely it will be “Out of Place,” so even though it’s not official yet, I’m starting preparations.


SleepWithTheSnowmenCoverWilliam Mangieri’s writing – including his latest ePublication “Sleep with the Snowmen” – 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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