Creativity / goals / writing

Writing Wednesday: How Can I Stay in the Story?

Last week was a decent week for accomplishments. Blog goals were met, “Some Kind of Luck” made its release date just in time. I had a couple more stories return and go back out to market. Heinlein would be pleased.

Most importantly: “Breathing is Overrated” is finally out of my hair. I finished the first revision at approximately 5500 words, and now I’ll wait two weeks before I go back for my final pass and launch it into the markets. In the meantime, this year’s fourth story is off the blocks – I’m 800 words into “There’s No Present Like the Time”, and so far it doesn’t feel like it’s going to bog down like “Breathing” did.

My word total for the week (1006) was not so good. Again, I am not setting the time aside that I need to write, and I won’t make it without writing every day. It’s not just about volume; if I let too much time pass between writing sessions, it has a detrimental effect; if I’m in the middle of a story, I lose the feel for it and it turns into something different than it was in the previous session(s).

Just the habit writing regularly makes it easier to resume, and any habit whether good or bad needs reinforcement to maintain it.

I think the ideal writing situation for me would be to write continuously from the time I begin a story until it’s done. That means no breaks from start to finish, but life has a way of making this difficult (even I have to sleep SOMETIME.)

Even if I get more consistent on my writing schedule, I need to find a solution to keeping myself in the story until done, and getting back into it easily, without having to ramp back up after SLEEPING (or after dealing with the rest of LIVING.) Otherwise, there’s no hope of my getting back into Swordsmaster and finishing it. And letting 50,000+ words go to waste like that would be a sin.

Just saying…


SomeKindOfLuckCover“Some Kind of Luck” was released to eBook last week:

Henry Jacob Dawes is a cab driver with an ear that keeps him out of trouble — until he has a run-in with someone who has a different kind of luck.

“Some Kind of Luck” is a speculative fiction short story that grew out of the premonition I have on an almost daily basis that I’m going to be in an automobile accident and suffer blunt head trauma (don’t worry – the story is more optimistic than that – give it a read!)

“Some Kind of Luck can be found in all the usual places, including, but not limited to:




The clock’s ticking: my next release date will be April 7th. I think this time around it’s going to be another collection – maybe even a collection of collections (like three of my collections grouped into The First Three ‘Things I Could Get OUT OF MY MIND’. If I’m going the collection route, that means I need to hurry up and get it out there so I can have a decent preorder campaign. We shall see…


immortalgreycoverWilliam Mangieri’s writing, including his latest publication “Immortal” can be found in many places, including:
• Smashwords:
• His Amazon Author page:
• Barnes & Noble:
• Createspace (if you prefer physical books):
• His site on WordPress:
• “William Mangieri’s Writing Page” on Facebook at:
• His Goodreads author page:
• Or on twitter: @WilliaMangieri


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