Writing Wednesday: When Stories Refuse to Cooperate

Last Week’s Goals

All my blog posts went out on time. Three stories returned from market and cycled back out.  It’s really helpful that I can finally log my submissions on Literarium.

Cover created and interior formatted for Detective Jimmy Delaney #8 (“Possession”) for its September 3rd release, and it’s now available – see below.  

I failed to make my weekly fiction quota last week – only 1,987 words of fiction. I wrote on six days, but only made my daily quota on two of them. This was on the rough draft of Detective Jimmy Delaney #9 (“Too Much of a Good Thing”), which is currently over 13,774 words.


“Possession” – Detective Jimmy Delaney #8 – is ready for its September 3rd release.PossessionGreenCover

Jimmy’s relationship with Diana has never been better, but then she gets control of the Southside Endowment. Jimmy starts to feel like just another possession, until a seeming ghost from the past gives him something to investigate. Possession may be nine-tenths of the law, but exactly what kind of possession are we talking about here?

“Possession” is a soft-boiled detective novella with some sci-fi and fantasy elements, sort of a The Rockford Files meets The Avengers (the old BBC series, not the superheroes.) It’s the eighth story in the Detective Jimmy Delaney series.

The novella is available now, through the September 3rd release date, as a FREE SMASHWORDS PRESALE! That means that, at no cost to you, you can download the book right now and read it for FREE.​​​​​​​


“Possession” is also available for preorder until September 3rd at a special promotional price at several online retailers, including – but not limited to:

Smashwords:  https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/1100460?ref=NoTimeToThink
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(Just a reminder – if you haven’t read any Detective Jimmy Delaney stories, the first one (“In a Flash”) is FREE! at each of those sites.)
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Surprised by Twists and Turns

So, here’s my excuse for missing my quotas last week:

I thought I was finally getting on top of things a week ago, but “Too Much of a Good Thing” (Detective Jimmy Delaney #9) continues to give me headaches. Sure, I had to figure out what my real climax was going to be, but I had a handle on the major points.

And then my villain appeared out of nowhere, someone I never had reason to suspect (that’s right, even I didn’t realize who it was), and it threw a lot of what I’d already written on #9 (and my beginning thoughts for Jimmy #10) into turmoil.

This resulted in a lot of rethinking, and I’ve started surgically planting more obvious foreshadowing in the earlier parts of the story, even though I have yet to finish the rough draft. It’s something I would normally leave until my first revision, but since the remaining scenes weren’t making themselves known to me, I thought I backfill what I knew I needed.

As I’ve said before, every author creates a story differently, and each story itself chooses its own method. It’s something you have to accept – particularly if you’re a PANTSER. Go with the flow, and try not to let it frustrate you (too much.)

Another, less significant side note:

With the last two completed Detective Jimmy Delaney tales wandering into novella length (20,000 – 50,000 words), I thought that was where the series was going to stay from now on. So far, though, it’s starting to look like #9 is dropping back into novelette territory (7,500 – 20,000.) Of course, a fat lot I know – next week I may be reporting that it’s blossomed beyond the last two novellas.

This is one of those examples of LIVE BY DISCOVERY, DIE BY DISCOVERY. It’s probably my fault for being a PANTSER. I suspect that, if I REALLY wanted to be a different writer, I could change my modus operandi and do more planning, but then the creative experience would be totally different, and why would I write?

Just saying…

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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:

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