Happy days! Last week I finally surpassed my weekly 3000 word goal. And the week before that I was at 2600 words, after 11 straight weeks of below 2000. I hope it’s a trend…
You know, I struggle so much with trying to figure out when to write, you’d think it’s more of a headache than it’s worth. If it causes so much stress, then why put myself through this? Well, because NOT writing would be more stressful. So – let’s talk a little about why people write. We all have our own reasons (and you should know what yours are better than I, so more specifically, why do I write?
My reasons, in the order they happened to me:
1. I needed a creative outlet.
When we’re younger, and have time to play, we usually have all sorts of creative outlets in school and beyond (I had mostly music and theater.) As we get older, we tend to get so wrapped up in the day to day efforts to make a living, we can forget to LIVE. I arrived in that magical, midlife age where many of us rethink the direction we’ve been heading in, and as I was talking to myself one day… well, I realized I was talking to myself more and more, and I needed to find a way to channel those voices before too many more people were staring at me.
2. I had ideas and stories that wanted out into the light.
My brain goes off in all sorts of directions, but when I just try to share those flurries with others I come off as just being strange. Refine those thoughts into a story, though, and they’re a little more organized and palatable (of course, I still seem strange.) Not everyone wants to listen to you think out loud, but everyone loves stories.
3. I wanted to have a second career (or at least some pocket money.)
That’s right – I wanted to make money at this. I had to put A LOT OF TIME (=money) AND EFFORT into my writing, and even without selling to a traditional publisher, there was Indie. And getting closer and closer to retirement (yes, no matter what you think, you’re getting there, too), I wanted some more potential income.
4. I wanted to be read and noticed for my writing
We all want to stand out somehow, and writing is something I can do privately, and then put it out there for everyone to see WITHOUT HAVING TO BE THERE TO WITNESS IT. I’m glad this reason didn’t come to me before #3, because then I’d probably be giving away my stuff instead of sending only to PROFESSIONAL RATE MARKETS, and then ePublishing for sale. I want to be read, but writing is a lot of work, and in the end I still want to get paid for it.
This was a good exercise for me. Sometimes, you need to review something that you’ve been doing for years, just to remind yourself WHY and see if it still matters to you.
So, have YOU revisited your reasons for doing (and being) what you are? If not, you ought to. Just saying…
This week’s Smashwords coupon is for “Nipped in the Butt”:
More intrigue as a familiar hallucinogen finds its way into Ramses society. Are their long-time adversaries behind it? Time for Major Tom to save the Empire again…
This is the second of my stories about Herc Tom, Champion of the Empire. I’m not really a cat person – I like them well enough – and I never intended this to turn into a series, but after I wrote “Purr Mission”, the characters and the universe just sort of stuck in my head, so I had to put them somewhere.
Use coupon code JG25F to get 72% off the cover price at Smashwords (that’s only 99-cents – such a deal!) – it’s good until May 14th. Here’s the link:
“Nipped in the Butt” is also available in my Herc Tom collection – Cats of War I.
William Mangieri’s writing, including his latest ePub “Solid People”, can be found in many places, including:
• His Amazon Author page: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B008O8CBDY
• Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/william-mangieri?store=book&keyword=william+mangieri
• Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/NoTimeToThink
• Createspace (if you prefer physical books): https://www.createspace.com/pub/simplesitesearch.search.do?sitesearch_query=william+mangieri&sitesearch_type=STORE
To CONNECT WITH HIM (and LIKE and FOLLOW), go to
• 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