Writing Wednesday: Am I Blocked?

Weekly Goals:

Last week was a disappointment all around. I could blame it on the continual tyrmoil of life and home repairs (but there’s more to it below the asterisks.) Aside from making my three blog posts, I accomplished nothing else in my weekly goals. No comments on the blogs of others, and not a single word of fiction written. I have nine stories to write before the end of this year – had best get to it.


I seem to be experiencing writer’s block. Since I finished revising and releasing Swordsmaster I managed to finish that one contest piece (just barely before the deadline), but I haven’t put down one word of a new story since. I can’t seem to think about what to write next. I’ve resorted to going back to a document I haven’t touched in ten years that I had saved ideas in (back when I was afraid that I wouldn’t have any ideas if I didn’t save them.) I sifted through them and whittled it down to a few that SORT OF seemed interesting, but apparently not of enough interest to spur me to write.

You need to care about what you’re writing – these were all ideas that I cared about… ten years ago; now they might as well be someone else’s. I’m not the same writer (or person) that I was back then. I really don’t even know what I was thinking back then (I barely know what I was thinking yesterday.)

I’m a creature of habit. I don’t have a specific time or place where I write, but being at an alternate residence all this time is certainly unsettling to me. I’m also being moved to a new cubicle (again) at my day job (it’s only about sixty feet from where I sit right now, but it will still feel alien for a while. I need stability, and right now I don’t have it (my significant one doesn’t believe I’ve ever had stability.)

Aside from the contest piece (which pretty much started from a prompt), I haven’t written anything NEW since the end of 2017. Spending all that time in revision mode on Swordsmaster has put me out of the habit I had built up over years of coming up with and completing new stories. Yes, I can get back on that WRIDING HORSE, but it takes some time to ramp back up. Of course, ramping up does require me to START writing, even if it is slower than I used to be used to.

If only life wasn’t disrupting things, so…

This all just sounds like so many excuses, doesn’t it?

So what of my own advice – essentially JUST DO IT? Well, I‘m NOT just doing it. Maybe it’s not as simple as I make it out to be. Or maybe it is, and I’m just being a whining little baby.

Tough it out, Bill. Just start typing and don’t stop – no matter how stupid the idea seems, or how bad that infernal internal editor tells you it is, because


Just saying…


Swordsmaster – my first novel (which only took me forty-some years to write) is ready Swordsmaster4for reading.

Fate is neither something to run away from, nor something to run towards.

The first bright-eye to be seen on the mountain in living memory, Sandrik didn’t want anyone to think of him as they did the ominous Aurae of legend, so he had worked hard to keep his special abilities hidden. But there was more to Sandrik than even he knew. Now that it was time for him to enter the ancient ruins of Taernfeld and be declared a man, what other changes might he be forced into?

Swordsmaster is available at several online retailers, including, but not limited to:

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/954501

Amazon:  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07WNK79FM

(there is also a paperback on Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/dp/1691904910


William Mangieri’s writing can be found in many places, including, but not limited to:
• 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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