Creativity / goals / writing

Writing Wednesday: You Deserve a Break Today (or at least you NEED one)

Last week’s goals: 3 blog posts done. Stories cycled to market as soon as markets were available (nothing to do there, again – still waiting for returns.) Comments on others blogs minimal again.

Goddesses, Sleep with the Snowmen, and Other Fantasies is in the last two days of its preorder campaign, ahead of its November 30th release date. There’s also a paperback: I’ve finished proofing it, and it will be released on the 30th.

I wrote only 960 words of fiction last week in four days days (continuing the first revision of Herc Tom #7, which is yet to be named.) I can’t let this slacking continue – need to make a final push to finish Herc Tom 6 & 7 and return to Swordsmaster before the end of the year.


Sometimes I wonder if all this pushing to be productive is taking a toll.

Life has been… interesting lately – I’m calling this the YEAR OF CHANGE at my day-job, and home-life has been in upheaval with health issues, the usual house problems, and … like I said, LIFE.

It’s too easy as a writer to lock yourself in your little room with your pen and paper and block out the rest of the world. I’m not talking literally – it’s a virtual pen and paper. And ROOM for that matter. Most of us fiction writers live in our heads (at least from what I’ve heard it’s most of us – I know I do.) It can be a wonderful/amazing/scary place in there, especially in full immersion. It’s great if you are working on a particular project – isolation helps keep the tone/voice consistent, the world you’ve built stable, the universe in balance.

But things can get stale in there, and if you’re trying to come up with new ideas – say, if you’re writing short fiction and need to start another story, or if you’re stuck and don’t know what to do with a scene in your opus magnus, sometimes you need to refresh. Step out into the sunshine (or whatever is outside your own mind – it’s hard to know what it’s like out there. When was the last time I did this? I should get out more often…)

When you need a break, take it. And try to not let the guilt drag you down. Just saying…


Collection10 CoverGoddesses, Sleep with the Snowmen, and Other Fantasies is up for release on November 30th (that’s only two days!) The collection contains the following stories: “There’s No Present Like the Time”, “Cellfishness”, “Out of Place”, “All the News That’s Fit for You”, “Interview with the Blue Neon God”, “Goddesses”, “Victimless”, “Stalking Rebecca”, “Sleep with the Snowmen”, and the “The Voices.”

Goddesses, Sleep with the Snowmen, and Other Fantasies is currently available for preorder for four more days AT A REDUCED PROMOTIONAL PRICE (that’s right! buy it now so I don’t have to charge you more later 😉 at various online retailers, including, but not limited to:




BreathingCoverWilliam Mangieri’s writing – including his most recent release “Breathing is Overrated” (I may have mentioned that this was one of my three Honorable Mentions in the Writers of the Future contest) – can be found in many places, including:
• Smashwords:
• His Amazon Author page:
• Barnes & Noble:

• His site on WordPress:
• “William Mangieri’s Writing Page” on Facebook at:
• His Goodreads author page:
• Or on twitter: @WilliaMangieri

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