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Writing Wednesday: Don’t Be So Sparing

Goal report for the 2nd week of 2019: Three blog posts done as usual. Stories cycled to market in a timely manner (“Date Night” has just returned – need to find another market to send it to.) Made enough comments on other people’s blogs to be happy with myself (it DOES help to not wait until Sunday night.)

I’ve selected my March 12th, release – it will be “Reining Cats and Dogs” (Herc Tom, Champion of the Empire #7.) This year’s pace of schedule will leave plenty of time for formatting and cover creation.

Reading my first spec fiction book of the year – Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time #10 – I intend to stick with the series until I finish it (this and four more books to go) – as I’ve said, it helps me keep the tone/voice I’m using in Swordsmaster.

I only credited myself with 427 words of fiction last week as I began my reemergence into Swordsmaster in review/pseudo rewrite mode. That shot my words-per-week average like I figured it would, but it IS only week two…

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So, I have finally returned to Swordsmaster. Right now, I’m becoming reacquainted with my work, reading my latest draft, and tweaking it as I go. I have an extensive list of notes detailing what I thought needed work when I set the novel aside at the beginning of July, but until I’ve finished reacquainting myself with where I was, there’s no point in acting on it. With fresh eyes, I may even decide that my notes are wrong.

This will also give me time to get my head back into novel-mode (listening to The Wheel of Time helps with that, too – Mr. Jordan certainly wasn’t sparing with words; as many times as it is repeated throughout the series, I think he must have copyrighted “the smile on her face never reached her eyes.) I have a problem with embellishment – or what I’m more likely to think of as OVER-embellishment. I remember when I had to write papers for school – essays where I was supposed to cover a topic in 500 or 1000 words, or a term paper for I-don’t-remember-how-many-thousands, when I thought a short, flash version was better and more to the point. I did not feel the need to throw extra words on the page for the sake of length.

But I suppose that’s not what we’re really talking about here; all the words should still have value – they aren’t merely being added to make the book thicker.

I am a man of few words, which I think works fine in short fiction, but seems a weakness in longer works. I can’t just fill the space with typical guy talk (who wants to open a book and see a couple of pages of grunts?) – there has to be meaning aside from taking up space.

As I’m reading through Swordsmaster, I’m pleasantly surprised at how well it reads. Not to say that it doesn’t need (a sizable amount of) work, but it’s not bad (and I don’t think it’s just me bragging about my favorite – and pretty much only – child.) I’m tweaking as I said, and once I’m done with this first pass, I’ll approach it with an eye to beefing up the descriptions. Maybe a June publication isn’t as far out of reach as I was thinking.

Or I could be fooling myself – like that hasn’t happened before. Just saying…

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catsoutofthebag2coverWilliam Mangieri’s writing – including his most recent release “Cats Out of the Bag” – can be found in many places, including:
• Smashwords:  https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/NoTimeToThink
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• Or on twitter: @WilliaMangieri

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