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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.

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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…

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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

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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
To CONNECT WITH HIM (and LIKE and FOLLOW), go to
• 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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