Writing Wednesday: What’s a Pantser to Do?

Last Week’s Goals

My blog entries were posted on schedule. I had one story return from market, and I sent it back out to a new market I discovered through Literarium.

My experiment with my 5-day Kindle Select FREE promo of Swordsmaster had mixed results. I promoted through thisSwordsmaster4 blog, my Current Book Promotions page, daily posts on social media (my Facebook William Mangieri’s Writing Page, AwesomeGang’s Facebook page, Twitter, Parler, and LinkedIn) and a few free promotion sites (of the ones I tried to get listed with, I was promoted through BestBookMonkey, BookAngel, It’sWriteNow, ereaderIQ, and Indies Unlimited Thrifty Thursdays. I have no real way of knowing which of those platforms were effective.

For all that, I had 73 free downloads and no apparent impact on my Amazon rankings when it was over. I didn’t receive any ratings or reviews, but it is probably too soon to expect any – Swordsmaster is over 100,000 words, so if I want honest reviews and ratings, best the readers have time to READ it first. I just hope this isn’t another case of books being downloaded for FREE and never read…

Swordsmaster is back at its usual price now on Amazon Kindle Select, which means all you Kindle Unlimited members can still read it for FREE at https://amzn.to/3qnfYoP.

I wrote 3,995 words of fiction last week, writing some every day and making my weekly quota, although two days didn’t make their daily one. Detective Jimmy Delaney #7 (working tile “Hacked Off”) is over 18,500 words.

The Last Minute Discoveries of a Discovery Writer

“Hacked Off” is in that grey area between novella and novelette, depending on your sources. Not really a big deal, and maybe too much inside baseball for you, but it means that this story will be the longest piece I’ve written, short of Swordsmaster.

As I was writing this past weekend, I was struggling with a minor scene that I knew I needed to have as Jimmy heads toward the climax, and it just wasn’t coming together. What I had in my head (at least in the conscious part) about this scene and the climax wasn’t coming together. After some false starts, I stopped trying to go with my plans and just let the story take over. I just needed Jimmy to sign in at the prison to talk with Max – what could be the harm in just letting it write itself?

In the course of writing this simple scene – with 90% or of the draft already written – I DISCOVERED another conspirator (a character who didn’t exist until I wrote this scene), the relationship between those involved, and a better ending than I had planned. I just have to go back and add the foreshadowing and support that the new ending will need.

No matter how many times I try to lay out my work, something in my mind rebels against being saddled so, and winds up giving me a story that I couldn’t have planned better. I often wish I knew a more reliable way to get things OUT OF MY MIND, but it is what it is, and I yam what I yam.

I love being a PANTSER. Just saying…

Current Book Promotions

In a Flash Detective Jimmy Delaney eBook CoverPurrMission-MainTall_025For  information and links for my current promotions (including the 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 and The Arcanist. 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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