Writing Wednesday: Regaining Helpful Habits

Last week’s goals:

Three blog posts made as usual, and I continue to stay ahead of commenting on other people’s posts.

I’m getting back in the swing of rotating my stories to potential markets ASAP – just having trouble now finding open, appropriate markets.

I’m most of the way through reading (as usual, a euphemism for listening) to Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere. I’m really enjoying this story and the presentation – it’s interesting to hear an author read his own work. The interpretation will be much closer to what the author had intended (because I assume he knew what he meant when he wrote it), but it is still an INTERPRETATION of the written words that may differ from how a different reader might have heard those words in their own mind.

I produced only 1,151 words of fiction last week, again only writing on five of seven days (and some of those days were less than a hundred words. Herc Tom, Champion of the Empire #8 is over 9,700 words. I have plenty of time to decide what my April 10th release will be, but it will most likely be this one.


From my own experience, it’s important to build a habit of writing every day. Aside from the obvious additional words I can pump out each additional time I sit down and write, not letting more than a day get between my writing sessions also results in a larger words-per-hour rate.

Each time I sit down to write, I require a certain amount of time to ramp up and start being productive. The more time since I last wrote, the longer that ramp-up takes.

I also can’t keep my story consistent if I have too much time between my writing times. It’s not an issue for flash-fiction, because I can churn out a rough draft in a single session, but anything longer, I start losing continuity (because heck, I can’t remember what I was doing yesterday – how am I supposed to just resume writing like I never stopped?) It’s not impossible to start a story and then pick it up a couple of days (or a week) later, but the writing is really slow as I try to get back into the swing of things.

It’s not just a discontinuity in developing the plot. I’ve had so many disjointed sessions while writing my latest Herc Tom story, that when I went back to the beginning to add in some foreshadowing, I discovered that I had started the draft in past tense, switched to present tense in a later writing session, and then switched back to the past tense in a later session.

If only I had kept my nose to the grindstone; it’s important to develop habits and keep them, because it can be difficult to get them back. Just saying…


Swordsmaster4Swordsmaster – my first novel (the one that took me forty years to write) (well, at least to think about) – is ready for 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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