Creativity / writing

Writing Wednesday: Starting Back Up, But If I Tell You…

Weekly Goals:

I made my three blog posts, and managed to comment on a few blogs.

No stories are currently waiting to be sent to market – just two waiting to return. I had planned for my next release to be October 25th, but in light of the fact that our house repair turmoil will be entering its final phase (fingers crossed) at that time, I’m going to be kind to my old, worn-out self (yes, sometimes you need to cut yourself some slack) and delay the next release until November 8th. Since I have no individual stories waiting for release, it will be a collection of (Herc Tom, Champion of the Empire), which means extra formatting, plus a paperback.

I still have nine stories to write before the end of this year, but I started one and logged 353 words (far less than the 3,000 words I hope for each week, but at least it’s something.) My weekly average for this year is sitting at 1,537/week, which puts this year in 5th place out of the nine years I’ve been tracking.


So, it’s been a rocky restart, but I finally have a story in the works. Like I said above, I’m only 353 words into it, having only worked on it for two days (not consecutive; I’m also out of the habit of writing every day. Now that I’ve gotten past the formerly uncharacteristic block, I’ll need to remedy that.)

So where did the story finally come from? The germinating idea came from one of that 10-year-old document I mentioned last week where I had saved ideas, at a time when I thought I needed to. This was before I REALIZED that I would never run out of ideas, and that they also have a shelf life – if I don’t write about an idea I have WHEN I have it, I lose track of what it was about, and I also lose interest as my mind/heart/soul move on to the next thing. An ten-year-old idea might as well be someone else’s.


Sometimes, ideas morph. In this case, three different thoughts I found in that document felt somewhat related, and then I had a fourth idea come along to tie them all together. And with that germ, I started writing

I believe one of the characters may have been mildly influenced by something in The Wheel of Time, but only in feel. The alien…

Wait – like I said, I’m only 353 words into it, and although I have an idea of some things that are about to happen, as often happens with my stories, I don’t know where it’s going to wind up. AND it wouldn’t be a good idea to talk about it here yet – from what I’ve read, when a writer talks about a story idea too much before he writes it, his mind acts like it’s already written, and then the inspiration leaves without the story being set down. I had best get to it before something other idea takes its place.

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:



(there is also a paperback on Amazon at


William Mangieri’s writing can be found in many places, including, but not limited to:
• Smashwords:
• His Amazon Author page:
• Barnes & Noble:

• His site on WordPress:
• “William Mangieri’s Writing Page” on Facebook at:
• His Goodreads author page:
• Or on twitter: @WilliaMangieri

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