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Writing Wednesday: How Can I Tell I’m Getting Things Done?

Status of goals from last week – 3 blog posts, stories cycling back to market as quickly as possible. The Next Three ‘Things I Could Get OUT OF MY MIND’ finished its preorder campaign and is now available online in eBook and paperback (see below.) I also was more actively commenting on other peoples’ blogs (humans are supposed to be social animals, but me, I’m barely human…)

Another disappointing weak in fiction production – a pitiful 462 words as I continue to revise Swordsmaster (now over 71,000 words.) I’ve allowed stress and the rest of LIFE to derail this year’s very promising beginning. Well, the year is young, and I’m still averaging over 2,100 words per week. I push onward…


First, to clarify something about my 3,000-word-per-week goal.

I know that the word count isn’t an actual reflection of accomplishing something –  it’s merely a way of gauging that I’m engaging with my writing tasks – an inaccurate measurement that shows me I’m not just staring at the screen. It’s more indicative of actual productivity when I’m writing short fiction (because there isn’t as much revision and rewriting involved – that seems to be exponential, so where most of the workload on a short-story is in the first draft, longer fiction’s work is mostly in Revise and Rewrite (R&R).) Striving for 3,000 words (and trying to find a reasonable equivalent measurement for the R&R) may be meaningless to many of you, but it’s vital for me so that I feel like I’m still pushing ahead.

It is so hard to feel like I’m working at this when I don’t have a clear measurement of output – it’s so much easier to count words spilling out on the page in a rough draft and see that I’m producing (the page was blank, and then it wasn’t.) Revising doesn’t feel like I’m writing – it’s too much reading, and tweaking, and knowing I’ll be back to do it over and over again. But I know it needs to be done (and I dislike it so much, it must really be work!)

I also have difficulty not feeling like I’ve fallen into that PERPETUAL REWRITING PIT into which many an aspiring writer has fallen, never to return. I think I see some of their skeletons floating about as I try to cross, tar-covered fingerbones stuck to the delete and insert keys, muttering incantations in search of the perfect word. I put my hands over my eyes, and stuff my fingers in my ears, lest I join them in their endless chant, and try not to lose my way in the muck and mire as I mumble my own spell (Remember HEINLEIN’S RULE #2, Bill – YOU MUST FINISH WHAT YOU WRITE!)

That which doesn’t kill me makes me stronger. And then it will work twice as hard to kill me. Just saying…


Now that The Next Three ‘Things I Could Get OUT OF MY MIND’ is live, it’s time to choose my next release (due out on March 30th.) It will most likely be an individual short fiction, so no preorder campaign this time.


CollectionNext3CoverWilliam Mangieri’s writing – including his most recent publication The Next Three ‘Things I Could Get OUT OF MY MIND’ – can be found in many places, including:
• Smashwords:  https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/NoTimeToThink
• His Amazon Author page:  http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B008O8CBDY
• Barnes & Noble:  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/william-mangieri?store=book&keyword=william+mangieri
• Createspace (if you prefer physical books):  https://www.createspace.com/pub/simplesitesearch.search.do?sitesearch_query=william+mangieri&sitesearch_type=STORE
• 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

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