Writing Wednesday: Remembering What It’s About

Last week’s stats: Three blog posts. Have a couple of stories I’d be rotating if I had someplace to send them (“Date Night” and “Schizo the Magnificent”.)

I commented on enough blogs. My next release date is April 26th – about a month away, so I need to decide what it’ll be soon.

I’m 73% through the current revision of Swordsmaster. I logged 2,172 words of fiction last week; Swordsmaster has almost reached 89,758 words.


I think I’ve entered new territory as a writer. No – I don’t mean I’ve suddenly become amazing. Oh, wait – am I supposed to say I was already amazing. No, I don’t think so – I think most writers are supposed to be immensely insecure about their abilities (I know I am) – otherwise there wouldn’t be writer’s block…

What I mean about “new territory” is that I’ve stopped worrying about those numbers I keep posting in the opening section of every Writing Wednesday. It’s been bothering me for the last few months that I haven’t been making those numbers, but I think I’ve finally accepted that I can’t really gauge per-word production on my short fiction with the seemingly endless iterations of rewrite and revision on Swordsmaster. So I record it, but then I shrug my shoulders and forget about it.

This feels like cheating to me. I’m so used to grading my writing by volume of words, or number of stories completed. But I know Swordsmaster needs a lot of non-measurable work, and I have no idea HOW MUCH of that work there is (it IS non-measurable like I said), or I would be able to figure out what percentage of it I’ve done so far and grade myself that way.

But I can’t – so I’m just going through revisions. I tell myself that I have a particular objective with each pass, and I usually start out that way, but then I start making random fixes as I spot them that have nothing to do with the pass I’m on. What? If I spot something that doesn’t look right, I need to fix it when I’m looking at it – not sometime later when I HOPE I remember it.

The whole process feels so unfocused, but what’s important is that I’m working at it – it’s just a different kind of working. It isn’t about me needing to make numbers – it’s about what the story needs. Just saying…


William Mangieri’s writing – including his most recent release “Reining Cats and Dogs” – ReiningCatsAndDogsCovercan 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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