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Writing Wednesday: You Must Write. You Must Finish.

Goals recap: The cycle of rejection – I mean resubmission to the markets continues apace (no longer than 7 days after return.) I made my three blog entries again. My next ePub (Downtown Blues: Detective Jimmy Delaney Collection #2) is on preorder and ready for its June 2nd release. I still need to format the paperback.

My word count for the week was 2278, all of it in bringing along Herc Tom, Champion of the Empire #4 (“Baastard’s Revenge”.)


Twists and turns – that’s where my writing takes me on a regular basis – flights to places unknown. When I began “Baastard’s Revenge”, I had a pretty good idea of where it was going, and so I started down the path. But then the plot-line shifted two or three times. I know this because at the end of each session I would write down what was coming, but in the next session the story said to me “that is all well and good, but I see something more interesting over there,” and I’m hard pressed to keep up.

That’s because the idea that I thought I was following became stale, and my mind / the story became bored with it – almost as though it had already been there and so wanted to see something new.

Someone told me they wanted to get back into writing, and so I offered my advice. I gave the usual pointers about ignoring your internal editor (because your editor will totally shut you down if you let it), but also because it is VITALLY IMPORTANT that you get the story onto the page before it has an opportunity to morph into something unrecognizable from the brilliant piece you felt when you started.

Another caution I’ve read while I was “studying” to be a writer was DO NOT TALK ABOUT THE STORY UNTIL IT’S WRITTEN. It can be very tempting to talk about your story when you’re out with friends, but you can lose it that way. Not because your friends (or whoever is there to hear it) will steal your story, but because your mind will lose interest. It’s almost as if you feel like you’ve already written that story, so there’s no point in doing it again.

A writer must write, and talking isn’t writing, so KEEP IT TO YOURSELF!

Just saying…


JD2DowntownBluesCoverThe preorder campaign for Downtown Blues: Detective Jimmy Delaney Collection #2 has begun!

Collected together here are the second 3 stories in the Detective Jimmy Delaney series:

“The Scent of the Crime” – Detective Jimmy Delaney finds himself involved in yet another murder. He knows something smells in Barnstow, but can he use that to find the killer?

“Killing Them Softly” – In a strange series of coincidences, young women start dying in Barnstow. Detective Jimmy Delaney doesn’t believe in coincidences – and he’s doubly suspicious when his irresistible nemesis Diana hires him to solve the murders. But can he stop the killer before they strike again?

“Hard Times” – Johns are dying in Barnstow. It was bound to happen eventually, in a city where legal prostitution is a big part of the tourist industry, but not so many so fast. And of course, if there are dead bodies in Barnstow, Detective Jimmy Delaney isn’t far away.

If you enjoy a little confused, crime-laden mayhem with a smattering of sci-fi and plenty of human frailty (and some redemption), Detective Jimmy Delaney is for you.

The release date is June 2nd, but the collection is available to preorder at a reduced price at various sellers, including, but not limited to:




GoddessesCoverWilliam Mangieri’s writing, including his most recent publication “Goddesses”,  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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