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Writing Wednesday: Getting Inside ALL Their Heads

GOALS UPDATE from last week: 3 blog posts. Stories cycling back to market on schedule as best I can (except for “Schizo the Magnificent”, due to the dearth of flash fiction markets.) Still need to decide which story I’ll release on June 8th. I wasn’t very social – think I only commented on one blog.

I wrote 1071 words of fiction last week (only 1/3rd of my quota) on my revisions; Swordsmaster is at 75864 words.

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I’m continuing to read Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time series, and it looks like it was the right decision. As I work through the latest revision of Swordsmaster, I’m a lot more relaxed about my writing, and even though I’m not moving as fast as I would like (silly me, I hoped to be done LAST YEAR!), I’m adding more depth to the plot and characters. As much as I enjoyed George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire, it was so different in style and voice from what I’m trying to do with Swordsmaster, it was interfering with my rewrite, and it made it harder to continue the story. Its influence is now gone, and the words are flowing in the right direction again. I’ve recovered my voice.

I’m trying to get into the thoughts of my characters more. Martin did that extremely well, but his device was to let you be totally submerged in a single character for one chapter, then move on to the next chapter and its POV character. But Swordsmaster isn’t that way; except for three very isolated spots (the 400-years-in-the-past prologue, the first chapter, and one scene midway through the story), Sandrik is the only POV character. I definitely show what he’s thinking, but since everything’s through his eyes, you just see the surface of everyone else.

But it doesn’t have to be that way.

Jordan switches POV characters some, but he also gives us hints and suppositions from that POV character of what the other characters must be thinking (Martin does it too, but Jordan is more obvious – and closer to what fits Swordsmaster.) I should be able to do the same with Sandrik – let him have observations of his own, and if I let the other characters verbalize their thoughts a little more. There are several significant characters in my story who are never POV, but knowing their thoughts and motivations will add dimension to both the characters and Swordsmaster.

I’m gradually checking off the items on my task list (although every so often I add another one as more details or characters occur to me.) As I said last week, the tasks are split into Research, General (applying to the entire story), and then tasks specific to one of eighteen sections. I’ve made it through three sections so far; at the rate I’m going, I expect to make it through most of this pass by the middle of June. Of course, what do I know? No matter how much planning I do, I never really know the best laid plans of mice and men (and Bill)…

Just saying…

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So, the identity of my June 8th release is still up in the air. Based on the estimated return dates of the stories I currently have out to markets, “The House of the Blue Neon God” should make it back (assuming it doesn’t sell) by May 28th, so that is the most likely candidate for release right now. I’ll probably start formatting and building my cover a week from now.

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CollectionTheLast3CoverWilliam Mangieri’s writing – including his most recent publication The Last Three ‘Things I Could Get Out of My Mind’  – can be found in many places, including:
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