Writing Wednesday: The Best Laid Plans

Last week’s goals: Three blog posts as always. I have two stories that could be making the rounds if I could find some open markets to send them to.

Commented on enough blogs again. My March 1st release (“Reining Cats and Dogs” – Herc Tom, Champion of the Empire #7) went live on schedule. My next release date is April 26th – time to start thinking about what to ePub.

I’m only about 10% through the current revision of Swordsmaster – I logged only 1,354 words of fiction last week (but I said I was going to stop worrying about that, didn’t I?); Swordsmaster stands at 87,823 words – heading for 90,000.


I’m a project manager in my day job, and it fits with my personality – I’m always coming up with task lists and planning things out. You’d think it would impact my writing, wouldn’t you?

So, even though I said I was happy with my plot and the scene sequence, and this pass is supposed to just be about details, I decided I needed another scene in chapter one. In my after-the-fact character interviews, I found out how Vassa came to Calhorn and married Mikael, and that backstory seemed like a good segway from the doings at Tarlenon Keep with twelve-year-old Dragor since it happens at the same time. Of course, now that it’s written, I’m second-guessing whether I need it (I think I’m SUPPOSED to question everything I put in, aren’t I? It’s not just more proof of my fickle insecurities – or is it?)

This is another illustration of how little I really can’t predict what I’m going to do – I can make all sorts of plans, but I get into the work and something just strikes me as needing a change. I have no self-control. It would be VERY easy to become trapped in a perpetual tweaking of the story, which is why I set specific goals for each pass. It’s a shame I don’t follow instructions (or orders) very well. But then, no one gave me any instructions on how this story was supposed to be written, and I have almost 90,000 words. What do THEY know? (Who the heck are you talking about, Bill? YOU’RE the one whose instructions are meaningless…)

You can see it, can’t you? Why I work alone? I don’t work well with others – even when the others is ME. Just saying…


William Mangieri’s writing – including his latest release “Reining Cats and Dogs” – can ReiningCatsAndDogsCoverbe 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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