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Writing Wednesday: Remember the Reason for Your Goals

So, from last week:

Three blog posts. Still don’t have an open market to send “Date Night” to. It’s been a long time since I checked to see what markets have opened up (and I’m still too cheap to pay for a service since Duotrope Digest started charging. I need to update my market list somehow…

My blog commenting was adequate.

My March 12th release will be “Reining Cats and Dogs” (Herc Tom, Champion of the Empire #7) (hmm – I wonder when a story becomes long enough for the title to rate italics rather than “quotes”?), but – YES, this is repetitive repetition – I still haven’t started prepping the eBook yet.

I logged a pitiful 597 words last week, which is just crashing my yearly average. I finished the first return pass on Swordsmaster, which now sits at 86,390 words. I don’t know how to credit myself with research, map-making, calendaring and the like – well more of that below the divide.


Once I finished the “reacquaintance pass” on Swordsmaster, I had to decide what to do next. Most of my notes have to do with beefing (or flowering) -up my details; I need to make my prose less sparse so the read is more interesting than my already good “I wonder what will happen next.” I want to make sure what I add is relevant.

In service of this are some tasks I have been putting off – the aforementioned “research, map-making, calendaring and the like.” I have delayed this in part because, even though they’re part of the job, I have no way to translate the work into fulfilling my words-per-week objectives (this is the main reason for my pitiful word-count from last week.) There’s nothing to be done about it. I’m at the point where I’m going to be describing the environs of Swordsmaster a lot more, so I really need to map out where things are, as well as knowing the seasons that each scene occurs in and taking advantage of that knowledge to make the story better.

If I wanted to keep adding words to my tally each week, I could do it by switching back to writing short fiction, but that would make it harder to finish Swordsmaster. Once I get back to the actual WRITING part of writing Swordsmaster, I know the words will start piling up. But I must remember that my REAL objective is to finish the novel – my words-per-week is only a way of measuring my productivity.

Don’t let yourself be slave to your goals – always remember the reason that you have them in the first place. Just saying…


William Mangieri’s writing – including his most recent release “Cats Out of the Bag” – cancatsoutofthebag2cover 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

• 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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