Writing Wednesday: Overcomplication and Commitment

Last week’s GOALS update: 3 blog posts. Stories cycling back to market on schedule when markets available (I only have 6 stories circulating right now – when I start writing short fiction again in July it shouldn’t take too long for my queue to become overcrowded once more.) My next release date for ePublication is July 13th (it will be something other than “Interview with the Blue Neon God”, which will have its requested rewrite, and then we’ll see if it is bought, or placed back on the electronic bookshelf.) I was managed to be socially relevant in my own minimalist way.

I wrote 2,601 words of fiction last week as I revise Swordsmaster (the novel is now over 81,000 words.)


I really was giving too much weight to my character interviews – allowing their own stories and perceptions to drag Swordsmaster in disjointed and overly complicated directions. There have been a couple of scenes that I rewrote because of the interviews that I then turned around and scrapped in favor of the original (and scrapping ANY of my writing is a very hard thing for me.) I think I have wrestled back control of my creation (and I didn’t have to resort to a flood.)

That isn’t to say there aren’t still changes to be made. A subplot has developed involving Tembrol Brent and his Highborne family which got it’s seed from the interviews, but also grew naturally out of the story and adds extra conflict for Sandrik (AND something to use if I wind up doing a sequel.)

I have the rest of this week and the next to finish this round of revisions, and I still have a third of Swordsmaster to work through. I’m making notes about what I’ll need to address once I’ve written some short fiction and returned to editing (although who knows – if I can break down my list of tasks into small enough pieces I might be able to make slow progress on Swordsmaster at the same time.)

Last week, I said I was going to commit by the end of summer on the actual release date for Swordsmaster, but if I’m writing short fiction into the fall, I won’t know any more by then than I know now (and I think I’m just having a COMMITMENT ISSUE), so here it is:


My, that was bold (And a bit scary; let’s see how long I can hold myself to it. Just saying…)


CollectionTheLast3CoverWilliam Mangieri’s writing – including his most recent collection The Last 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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