Creativity / writing

Writing Wednesday: The Biggest Block

Last week’s goals:

For the first week of 2020, I made my three blog postings, and commented more than usual on the blogs of others, so there’s a good start.

Still reading (well, listening) to Brandon Sanderson’s The Way of Kings, and I’ve finally gotten oriented with the way he’s telling the story (a weakness on my part, I believe – or an odd effect of listening to an audio book read by two narrators I’ve heard before, but who are now reading a different story with its own distinct voice.) Now that I’ve adjusted (and started catching on to the world Sanderson has created (there isn’t a lot of blatant explanation of the world – I’m picking it up as it impacts the story), I’m impressed with the level of imagination and world creation – and intimidated. Then again, do I really want to create a world that’s THAT different, or put more of my efforts into the story. Or can I do BOTH?

I continue rotating stories out to market so I can continue to accumulate rejections (yes, I know that ISN’T the objective, but it’s easier to feel like I’m accomplishing something as I continue to see the rejections as documenting my perseverance rather than failing to sell.)

I only managed to write on three separate days (that is NOT a good start for 2020), and my first week’s total of 508 words is definitely not something to write home about. Still starting and stalling on “Cat’s Paw”, which is ALMOST at 4,000 words.


One of my problems (brought on by my INFERNAL EDITOR™ (my derogatory term for the INTERNAL editor that chooses to interrupt my writing with criticism) ) is that AS I AM WRITING, as soon as (or IF) words make it onto the page, thoughts enter my mind that what I wrote isn’t important enough to take up space, and there’s an accompanying compulsion to cross it out.

Do you writers out there struggle because what your characters spew on the page never seems momentous enough? Like when you’re watching a Swords & Sorcery movie, and right before the climactic battle, the commander rides back and forth in front of the troops and loudly proclaims “Just do it!” and the troops go wild like someone just delivered Aragorn’s “Today is Not That Day” speech, or the Gettysburg Address, except you know the reader is going to just look at what you wrote and ask “What? Why are they cheering? Is that all you’ve got? If I was in that army, I’d be on my way home about now…”

This feeling of inadequacy – of the words not being good (or important) enough, isn’t just the death of good writing – it’s the death of ANY writing, and one of the things that used to stall me into WRITER’S BLOCK (used to, Bill? USED TO? You know it still does – that’s why you’re writing about it today…) The only solution to this is to remember that you WILL be able to go back later and shore up what you put on the page now, so ignore your INFERNAL EDITOR ™ and power through. When you start writing a story, the most important thing you can do is get that first draft inked onto that paper – without it, you have nothing. Just saying…

(BTW – I AM using a computer for my writing – I just tend to refer to the writing process with phrases as though I am writing on paper with a pen – something like referring to dialing a phone without a dial (you young-uns probably don’t even know what a dial is, do you?)


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


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:
• 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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