Writing Wednesday: Can This Writer Change His Spots?

Last week’s goals:

Made my three blog postings and my quota for comments on the blogs of others in typically lackluster fashion.

I’ve continued reading Terry Pratchett’s Discworld with Feet of Clay. Discworld is a heavily storied series, and there are even sub-series listed, so I decided to stick with The Night Watch stories since I have time invested in those characters, now. I can’t imagine the effort it took to keep it all straight and the characters consistent. Well – maybe I can. More below the asterisks…

Stories have continued to circulate out to market in a timely manner.

“Cat’s Paw” is closing in on 2,800 words, but I’m still not anywhere near writing every day (I slid back to only 2 last week, and managed a mere 800 words from that.) I’m about to throw in the towel on my story quota for the year – I don’t see how I’m going to finish two stories in the next two weeks, especially with all the stopping and starting I’ve been doing lately.


A writer friend was bemoaning his own attempts to write a series (he has a book that’s doing well, so he thought he would capitalize on it by writing a sequel.) It isn’t easy for him; see, he’s a stream of consciousness writer like me, and his muse (or whatever in his mind comes up with the words on the page) rebels against having to plot out what will happen before writing it, which seems to be the only way he can have the sequel maintain consistency with the original.

We all have our own methods – things that work well for us, but if someone else tried to do it the same way we do, it would drive them crazy. You don’t have to worry about me – I’m already there.

I imagine someone like Terry Pratchett, hit with early-onset Alzheimer’s, trying to hold together his writing. I imagine he had to make a few changes there as he learned to deal. What am I complaining about?

I’ve been struggling with LIFE. I’ve been struggling with the transition from novel back to short fiction. I’ve been struggling with getting my head back into Herc Tom. As I’m writing, I know that the story is good, and if it was a stand-alone tale I’d be fine with it. But as the continuation of a series, it doesn’t quite connect. I may need to take a step back – possibly start over before it feels right. Stepping back is something that hasn’t been in my normal vocabulary. But my brain isn’t as fast as it used to be, either.

We all have to make adjustments don’t we? Change or die? Maybe it’s time to change my methods – or my madness.

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 (including Cats of War II, his latest collection of Herc Tom, CatsOfWar_IIa_CoverChampion 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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