Writing Wednesday: Fear of Changing Gears

Goals from last week: 3 blog posts. Stories cycled to market as soon as markets are available. I have my next ePublication teed-up for its July 13th release (more information below.)

I wrote 2,320 words, partly as I finished the latest revision of Swordsmaster (which now sits at 84,400 words), and the rest as I began the rewrite of “Interview with the Blue Neon God.”


Changing gears after SIX MONTHS of revising Swordsmaster and moving on to rewriting “Interview with the Blue Neon God” was harder than I thought it would be. After all, I’ve been doing a pretty good volume of short fiction for the last five years or so, and have been far more comfortable with that process than what I’ve been going through with the novel.

Of course, I didn’t consider that this was a REWRITE, which is an alien process for me in short fiction. I had some definite plans about the changes I would make based on the editor’s comments, but then I read the story (my memory is poor as it is, and I hadn’t looked at it since I wrote it a year ago) and realized that I needed to rethink my approach. I did – I decided on a new course of action, and then, NO ACTION. I went through a little bit of WRITER’S BLOCK; I inserted a half-dozen blank lines where I knew I needed to begin my changes, and then spent my first hour or so staring at the screen and thinking I didn’t know what the hell I was doing. Finally, I ignored the loudmouth in the LEFT side of my brain and let my RIGHT brain have at, and the words started flowing.

That’s one of the hazards for me with rewriting – it seems as though it’s a LEFT BRAIN activity, and it is SORT OF, because you have to decide what isn’t working and what needs to be added. But then you still have to free up your RIGHT BRAIN to create the changes. You can let LEFTY back in later on to do the sanding and buffing once the filler has been poured in.

I should finish the “Interview with the Blue Neon God” rewrite this week, and then I’m warring with myself with whether I should continue with more short fiction as I planned, or return to another revision of Swordsmaster. Part of this is that I’m afraid that if I spend too much time away from the novel, it will take too much of my valuable time to get back into it. But what’s really making me vacillate is that I’m out of practice coming up with new story ideas. I was glad I had this “IwtBNG” rewrite to do, but after that I didn’t have a clue what I would write next. I still don’t. But… I know I need to get away from Swordsmaster for a bit so I can come back to it with fresh eyes, so I’m going to hold myself to my short fiction decision. Maybe I’ll try my hand at something familiar, like another couple of stories for each of my series (Herc Tom, Champion of the Empire & Detective Jimmy Delaney.)

Or I could just be brave, put pen to paper and see what spools out from my grey matter. Just saying…


TheresNoPresent1NewCoverMy next eBook release will be “There’s No Present Like the Time”:

What constitutes a true waste of time?

Peter and Vanessa have different ideas. While on a rare vacation, Peter chances to meet a mysterious woman who brings these differences to a head.

“There’s No Present Like the Time” is a speculative fiction short story. The release date is July 13th (that’s this Friday), but the story is available now on preorder at many online retailers, including (but not limited to):

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/874946

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07FB75RHV


I am participating in “Smashword’s Summer/Winter Sale.” All my story collections (including Herc Tom, Champion of the Empire and Detective Jimmy Delaney) are available with a 50%-off coupon on the Smashwords site. You can find them all here:  https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/NoTimeToThink


CollectionTheLast3CoverWilliam Mangieri’s writing – including his most recent collection The Last 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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