Writing Wednesday: Chasing Your Story Down, Wither It Decides To Go

Last Week’s Goals

My blog entries were all posted on schedule. I had three stories return from market, and two are back out the door.

As to the third:

If you were paying attention last Friday, I neither launched a new release nor explained what I was going toRenderingCover do to right my Indie-Publishing goal (a new release every 10 weeks.) The one story I thought might come back from markets didn’t arrive home until Saturday, so “The Rendering” is now available on Preorder for release February 19th. There is also a FREE PRESALE on Smashwords – you can find it on my CURRENT PROMOTIONS page.

As far as marketing goes, I’m still promoting with Indies Unlimited Thrifty Thursdays and Kindle Unlimited Fridays every week. I’m seeing a very slow dribble of free downloads of the series starters for Detective Jimmy Delaney & Herc Tom, Champion of the Empire. without doing any particularly new actions. And I’m seeing more likes on my blog posts – strangely, on older posts by new readers. Between books, various marketing attempts, and blog posts, maybe my internet presence has reached some sort of self-maintaining critical mass.

I can dream, can’t I?

Six days of writing fiction completed the rough draft of Swordsmaster: Deception (now at 100,751 words), while generating 5,848 words of fiction for the week.

How Will I Ever Get Organized?

So here we are, not quite halfway through February, and the rough draft is done for Swordsmaster: Deception. I have deviated some from the outline I created halfway through the process, but in my method, even having an outline before the rough draft is done is an unusual situation. And as with any battle plan, no outline remains intact after the first stroke of the pen.

I have heard my writing method labeled as pantser, or discovery writer, or stream of consciousness. The gist of it is that I have some starting point of inspiration for a story – an image or a scene, a what-if ability or piece of tech, a double entendre pun, or a voice in my head that delivers either some couple of words or a whole monologue. This muse, or whatever it is, it’s enough to get my creative juices flowing, and I follow the rabbit hole as it’s being created. I sometimes know the essence of the story – where it starts or ends – but not always. Part of the fun for me is experiencing the story as it spools out for the first time, and being surprised by where it goes.

It’s almost like reading a story that someone else wrote, without any spoilers. It’s fun for me as a creative experience, but it’s not the most efficient way to write.  Someday, I may learn to plot out a novel before I begin writing, but for now this is how I roll…

I’m already switching over to writing short fiction, now, but before I have totally removed Swordsmaster: Deception from my mind, I plan to visit a couple of tools to experiment with ex post facto ways to organize my story now that I have the bones of it trapped in the box. I’m going to play with a free trial of Scrivener, and I’m also doing a read and review of Amber Royer’s Story Like a Journalist, which offers some worksheets and methods that are supposed to be useful, even for DISCOVERY WRITERS (c’est moi!).

Ultimately, there is no one way to write a book, and we all have to find our own path to transition from raw ideas to a successfully published work. Hopefully, this old dog will find some help in both of these tools.

Just saying…

Current Book Promotions

In a Flash Detective Jimmy Delaney eBook CoverPurrMission-MainTall_025 To see a list of promotions I’m offering on various books (including FREE starter eBooks for my Herc Tom, Champion of the Empire series and my Detective Jimmy Delaney series), look HERE on my CURRENT BOOK PROMOTIONS page.

Reaching Out

William Mangieri’s writing has been published on Daily Science Fiction. His ninety or so short stories and related collections can be found at several online retailers, including, but not limited to:

Want to help me make a go of this writing gig WITHOUT IT COSTING YOU A PENNY? I’m in the Amazon Affiliates program, so any time you click one of the links I provide here to my books on Amazon, and then make a purchase of something like, say, a TV, I get a small percentage of Amazon’s profit. So PLEASE consider using one of my links to get to Amazon before you make that next purchase. Thanx!


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