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Writing Wednesday: Whatever Will Make It Work

Last week’s goals:

Made my three blog postings and my quota for comments on the blogs of others.

I finished reading Terry Pratchett’s Men at Arms – with everything that’s going on in my life, I needed the laughs. I believe that completed my reading quota for the year…

“Installment Plan” and “Calling Down Lightning” have continued on to their next markets (although I was a couple of days late if the “7-day turnaround” on submissions has meaning.)

“Cat’s Paw” is almost at 2,000 words, but I’m still not writing on enough days (only 3 last week, for a total of 766 words.) At this rate I probably won’t finish it or the other story needed to complete my 2019 quota.


No excuses other than LIFE as to why I’m not writing every day. Was LIFE not happening in any of the other EIGHT YEARS that I’ve been reporting my writing goals? Of course not.

This reminds me of 2011, when I first set specific production goals on my writing. I set aside 10-11pm each night as my writing time, and over the first half of the year only managed to do any writing at all on that schedule three times. It wasn’t until I switched my time to mornings before my day job (or quite frankly, any time I had a spare minute) that I finally began to start generating some real output. Don’t become a slave to your own expectations or schedule – learn to go with the flow and grab whatever time you can.

I did most of my writing on a laptop, but it wasn’t the most convenient thing to carry around, so I started taking my Nook with me, along with a Bluetooth keyboard, and I could pull this out anywhere. Instead of losing an hour while waiting for appointments thumbing through magazines in the doctor’s office, I’d churn out some fiction.

My sit-down time is really precious, and so it became difficult to sacrifice writing to do some reading (another of my objectives) – instead, I switched to audio books to take advantage of my drive-time.

If you want to be successful at this, you have to be willing to adapt and adjust.

“The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men

Gang aft agley”

There are less than three weeks left before the year ends and I choose a new set of goals (which I will publish on New Year’s Day, since it will also be a Writing Wednesday.) As always, I encourage everyone to publicly proclaim your plans for the coming year. Not only does it give you solid targets to aim for (saying that you are going to “write” isn’t specific enough), but when the going gets tough, the embarrassment of having to explain WHY you are failing to reach your objectives can provide that little extra push (at least for those of us who might lie to ourselves but are uncomfortable being seen by others as failing.) Feel free to post your 2020 goals in the comments below, or wherever it is that you post.

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


CatsOfWar_IIa_CoverWilliam Mangieri’s writing (including Cats of War II, his latest collection of Herc Tom, Champion of the Empire tales) 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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