Writing Wednesday: It Takes a Lot to Make a World

Goals achieved last week: 3 blog posts. Stories cycling back to market as quickly as possible (it helped that a couple of markets opened back up for submissions recently.) “Cellfishness” was ePubbed on schedule (next release date is May 4th.)

I failed to comment on ANY other blogs (hey, LIFE, like I’ve said before) – will try to make up for it this week.

Only 679 words generated last week; most of the time I spent on writing was swallowed up in notes consolidation (as described below.) Swordsmaster remains at 72,845 words.


This past week was frustrating. There was the usual intrusion of things other than writing into my life (Bill, those other things ARE your life…), so

I know this planning is all part of what needs to be done (I AM a project manager in my “other life”), but it’s always hard for me to view this as part of the REAL work of writing (I suppose it would help if I could measure the planning the way I measure my word output.)

Last week was taken entirely by reviewing my character interviews and updating them into the spreadsheet I use to keep track of what I know about Swordsmaster’s characters (there are now 89 named characters, and I suspect that more will be added as I continue my revisions.) The interview format is great for capturing the nature of a character, but it’s an unmanageable thing to have to go back and read the interviews of all those characters. Far easier to keep track of the pertinent details in a spreadsheet. It’s work that has to be done, and I’m sure I’ll be grateful that I’ve done it once I get back to REALLY WRITING (this week, PLEASE), but for now it’s another annoying delay (LIFE LESSON: There will ALWAYS be UNDESIRABLE things you MUST do if you want to reach a DESIRABLE goal.)

I was reading a little about how George R.R. Martin wrote – from Wikipedia:

Unlike Tolkien, who created entire languages, mythologies, and histories for Middle-earth long before writing The Lord of the Rings, Martin usually starts with a rough sketch of an imaginary world that he improvises into a workable fictional setting along the way. He described his writing as coming from a subconscious level in “almost a daydreaming process”…

I found this reassuring, and I might stop kicking myself for not having more of the world of Swordsmaster plotted out in advance – I tend to write on the fly, and create and refine the world around the story afterwards (this is a lot easier with short fiction, with less to keep track of.) It appears that Martin’s method is very similar to my own, except that Martin has a depth of knowledge of medieval England to draw on, while I will need to research just about everything after the fact to add the degree of background detail and color that the story deserves.

What a pain. Maybe I should treat it like Roy Batty – if you’re still feeling pain, then you’re still alive (and my writing continues.) Just saying…


CellfishnessCover2The release weekend is over for “Cellfishness”:

We all think we’re singularly exceptional, don’t we? Especially in a society where less is considered more. See Miss Ribo try to keep her students from getting the wrong ideas in biology class.

“Cellfishness” is a short, fun little story about amoebae interacting with another species in their own classroom. (oh, yes, that will draw in LOTS of readers), and is available on (but not limited to):

Smashwords:  https://www.smashwords.com/upload/details/807912

Amazon:  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07BQK4NXL


CollectionNext3CoverWilliam Mangieri’s writing – including his previous publication The Next Three ‘Things I Could Get OUT OF MY MIND’ – 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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