Writing Wednesday: Feeling Unmoored

Stats from last week: Did my three blog posts, but I had a total fail commenting on others – I think I only managed ONE. I will need to remedy that this week. I still don’t have any open markets to send “Schizo the Magnificent” to. “Date Night” is in danger of NOT being ready for its April 26th release – I’m getting nowhere on the cover (more about that below the fold.)

I finished Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time prequel (New Spring); since I haven’t received any suggestions for something similar to read, I’ve decided to re-listen to all fourteen books in The Wheel of Time series again – after all, how better to maintain the voice for Swordsmaster (plus that means I can also cancel my Audible account for a bit – I’m nothing if not cheap.)

I completed a revision of Swordsmaster and am now 4% into the next pass. I logged 1,127 words of fiction; Swordsmaster is now 91,947 words.


Lately, I’ve been a bit overwhelmed with LIFE (you know – that stuff that ISN’T writing); Changes at the day job, family health problems, chores and projects falling behind at home, just general stress all around.

When I started writing, part of it was creative release (since I didn’t have time to get re-involved in theatre, and nowhere to play instruments without causing a disturbance.) As time went along though, it also became a stress release.

Life is intruding on my ability to find time to take care of my self-appointed writing obligations. “Date Night” deserves more of a runway than it’s getting to make the April 26th release date. I’m struggling with the cover; I think the idea I have in mind is too complicated – I need to simplify, but I’m stressing about it, anyway.

It’s hard to adjust to the workflow of the novel. When I was writing short fiction, there was a feeling of accomplishment when I would finish a story that’s missing with this constant cycles of Swordsmaster revisions. And since I’m not producing stories for market, I only have a couple of short stories still available to send to publishers, I don’t even get the validation of frequent rejections that I’d get with ten stories in a rotation (yes, I learned to take those rejections as validations – sounds crazy when you first read that you should do that, but then you become addicted to the process. Go figure…)

It’s very hard to measure whether I’m really getting anything done, and I feel unmoored. I’ll probably feel this way until Swordsmaster IS done and I return to short fiction and can once again measure my progress (and somebody stop me if I start talking about a second novel.)

How do YOU deal with the lack of outside feedback while you sit writing in your dark, lonely cell? Enquiring minds (all of the ones in my head, at least) would like to know. (In the COMMENTS, please – Just saying…)


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

• 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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