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Writing Wednesday: Breaking the Block with Patience

Last week’s goals:

I posted my own blog on schedule, did some liking and a couple of comments on others’ blogs, but I need to try harder (and earlier) to be more active.

All my available stories are currently circulating in the markets. I’m still not using Literarium definitely helps with finding appropriate markets for each story. I’m not using it for logging my submissions yet – I have a workable system of my own for that, and to be honest, after what happened with Duotrope’s Digest, I’m not sure I want to invest that much time in learning and setting up the tool.

I’ve finished Patrick Rothfuss’ The Name of the Wind. I enjoyed it so much (and was frustrated that I hadn’t learned Kvoth’s backstory by the end (like I expected to) that I seriously considered breaking my promise to myself and continuing the series instead of moving on to another author. Then I checked and discovered that so far there’s only ONE other book in The Kingkiller Chronicles. The Name of the  Wind was published in 2007, The Wise Man’s Fear in 2011, and the third book is “in progress.” I don’t want to go through another A Song of Ice and Fire disappointment (by getting hooked into a series that an author doesn’t finish – yes, I’m talking to YOU, George R.R. Martin), so I will move on to another author as planned.

I wrote on five days last week, and generated 1,282 words of fiction. “Cat’s Paw” (Herc Tom #9) is now at 5,700 words; and I hope to have both it and “Imperial Imperilment” (Herc Tom #8) finished by the end of this month. I should probably start prepping #8 for the April 10th release.

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After I wrote last week’s Writing Wednesday, I finally got past my writer’s block on Herc Tom. Writer’s Block is probably not accurate – I was able to WRITE – just not the RIGHT thing. Around 4,000 words into #9 I had gone in a direction, but it didn’t feel right, so I went back and tried again. It took a lot of time NOT writing (and bellyaching about not being able to sit down and write) to finally have Herc Tom heading off in the right direction.

I confess to having personal difficulty with devoting time to planning my stories – it doesn’t feel like REAL work to me. I’m an I.T. Project Manager in my day job, and you’d think that I would have an appreciation for the planning part, and I DO – intellectually. But in my heart of hearts, it doesn’t feel like the real work.

In the various jobs I’ve had throughout my life, I have excelled at production – I or the teams I led would find ways to get things done more quickly. I’ve always been a bull-ahead, get-er-done kind of person.

I see the positive effect of productivity goals in my writing; I’ve gotten far more stories written and out the door than without those goals, and it’s hard to measure planning or thinking – how do I know if I’m REALLY getting anything done? It’s very hard for me to look at a week (or a day) of not getting any words on the page as being productive.

“Cat’s Paw” was stalled as I tried to push it forward. I had already tried to force two different plot paths, and within five-hundred words I realized just that – I was FORCING them, and it just didn’t feel right for Herc Tom. I had also lost track of the FUN of Herc Tom, Champion of the Empire, but I think I’ve gotten back on the right path now.

Sometimes you have to take a break and reflect – or not even think that hard – clear your mind and let your subconscious (or muse, if you want to be more romantic about it) work it out in its own time. Just saying…

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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?

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William Mangieri’s writing (including Cats of War II, his latest collection of Herc Tom,CatsOfWar_IIa_Cover 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

To CONNECT WITH HIM (and LIKE and FOLLOW), go to
• His site on WordPress:  https://williammangieri.wordpress.com
• “William Mangieri’s Writing Page” on Facebook at:  http://www.facebook.com/NoTimeToThink
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• Or on twitter: @WilliaMangieri

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