Creativity / Meandering / writing

Meandering Monday about Keeping My Nose to the Grindstone

Is being a project manager good for me as a writer? As I’ve become more and more immersed in my role at my day job, I find my thoughts are becoming more ordered – less spontaneous. I have tended toward chaos when it comes to thinking, and I think it has served me well in creating fiction. It isn’t the whole magilla, though. I count on my LEFT-BRAIN, INFERNAL EDITOR to organize the story once my FLITTY, CREATIVELY IMAGINATIVE RIGHT BRAIN has finished spewing. The two work together (but separately. And in different rooms/states/worlds. More like by correspondence – bickering pen pals.)

In my day job, the right-brain creator doesn’t have much say – everything is about being organized and methodical. I’m starting to wonder if I’m capable of coming up with new thoughts anymore.

Of course, it may have nothing to do with being a project manager. Instead, it’s probably tied to the place I am in my writing. My Right-Brain Creator is most obvious to me when I’m writing fresh short-fiction, but my schedule this year has kept me from that, focused squarely on Swordsmaster. And the work I’ve been doing on the novel for the last few weeks has been Left-Brain – organizing notes, checking for inconsistencies, cleaning up grammar.

Necessary, but uninspiring work.

I may need to stop being Swordsmaster-centric for a little and write a short story, just to give my Right-Brain some exercise. All work and no play…

No! There you go again, trying to get out of your responsibilities! You’re going to stick with Swordsmaster until at least the end of June like we agreed.

But…

No buts. Besides, you were having fun throwing in all those extra ideas while INFERNAL was cleaning up your notes, weren’t you?

Well, yes, but…

If you want to feel like you’re having fun, try treating each scene rewrite as though it’s a totally new story. Help INFERNAL make it interesting instead of just correct.

OK.

Work can be fun, too. Just saying…

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CollectionTheLast3CoverMy next release will be another collection of collections – The Last Three Things I Could Get Out of My Mind. This is a compilation of my last three OUT OF MY MIND collections, and includes several favorites, including “Dredging Things Up”, “Saturday He Fed the Cat”, “The Pipes”, “Endangered”, “Burial Details”, and “Solid People.”

From the blurb for “Solid People”:

The afterlife is what you make of it. A run-in with Mr. Topp’s flatbed strands Sarah and her mother in Newbury. SolidPeopleCoverDespite her mother’s warnings about becoming attached to things, Sarah decides to spend her time with some Solid People. What happens? Read “Solid People.”

“Solid People” is a very short, speculative fiction – a mild, slightly romantic ghost story.

The eBook is available for preorder now at a discounted price at several online retailers, including:

Smashwords:  https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/816158

Amazon:  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07C73J49X

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CellfishnessCover2William Mangieri’s writing – including his most previous publication “Cellfishness” – 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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