Writing Wednesday: A Writer Must Write

Last Week’s Goals

All my blog posts went out on schedule. “The View From My Cage Is Breathtaking”) returned from market and was sent out again.

My next eRelease is scheduled for September 3rd. I’m done with my revisions of “Possession” (Detective Jimmy Delaney #8, so I have plenty of time for formatting and creating a cover.

I counted wrong last week (I somehow double-counted “Hacked Off”), but I finished the draft and am revising “Memories,” so when it’s done I will have seven of my ten stories for 2021 done.

I made my fiction quota for the 4th week in a row – 5,135 words, spread over all seven days (two of them just missed their daily quota.) The final revision of “Possession” (Detective Jimmy Delaney #8) put it to 22,068 words, the revision of “And Then Her Tail Fell Off” is at 999 words, “Memories” finished at 2,200, and Jimmy Delaney #9 is currently over 1,400 words.


As I continue my attempts at various marketing gambits…

Swordsmaster is nearing the end of its Kindle Countdown Deal (currently $2.99, or 26%-OFF.) I tried to put theSwordsmaster4 promotions for this on five sites, but it only made it to BestBookMonkey and DiscountBookman.

Also, remember – if you have Kindle Unlimited, Swordsmaster is still FREE for you to read. You can check it out here:


I’m still participating in SMASHWORDS JULY SUMMER/WINTER SALE! All of my collections are on Smashwords at 50%-OFF throughout the month of July (that ends this Saturday, so get ‘em while you can!) You can find the Smashwords links to the individual collections on my Current Book Promotion page.

To help keep this writing gig going, I’m also an Amazon affiliate. If you click on one of my Amazon links and then purchase ANYTHING on the site, I might get a small commission AT NO COST TO YOU, so consider using one of my links the next time you plan any purchase on Amazon.

A Writer Must Write

Heinlein’s first rule should be guidance for anyone who calls themselves a writer. Sometimes it’s too easy to find yourself hesitant to put words to commit words to paper. We’re not sure what to write next. We have something else we need to deal with first, but don’t set a definite time to get back to writing. We don’t know if our ideas are any good.

There is no try – only do.

You have to find a way to keep moving forward and keeping your writing muscles oiled and warmed up.

I’ve been pretty much immersed in “Possession” (Detective Jimmy Delaney #7) since mid-May, and I didn’t want to start the seventh Jimmy Delaney story until I was sure I was done with #7’s revisions. I was afraid that I wouldn’t be able to think of anything to write, but I needed to write SOMETHING, so I dug up a couple of text files I’d squirreled some ideas away in (one from almost ten years ago, the other about four years ago.

Ideas tend to get stale when you set them aside. If you don’t use them immediately, the excitement you might have had for them when you first wrote them down will wane, and the idea will morph into something else entirely, often into something totally useless to you.

But sometimes, when I’m stuck, I go back to the files to see if I can find a spark.

This time, I found two ideas that I thought would work well together (which became “And Then Her Tail Fell Off”), and four others that would also fit together (“Memories”.) I’m sure what I wrote wasn’t what I would have written ten, or even four years ago, but they provided the spark I needed to keep writing in the gap between Jimmy’s #8 & #9.

Because – a writer must write. Just saying…

What do you do to make sure you keep writing? Or do you just – GASP! – take a break?

Current Book Promotions

In a Flash Detective Jimmy Delaney eBook CoverPurrMission-MainTall_025For information on my current promotions (including the FREE Presale and reduced price preorders for Cats of War III, my participating books in the 14th Annual Smashwords Summer/Winter Sale, as well as FREE starter eBooks for my Herc Tom, Champion of the Empire series and my Detective Jimmy Delaney series), look HERE on my CURRENT BOOK PROMOTIONS page.

Reaching Out

William Mangieri’s writing has been published on Daily Science Fiction and The Arcanist. His ninety or so short stories and related collections can be found at several online retailers, including, but not limited to:

Want to help me make a go of this writing gig WITHOUT IT COSTING YOU A PENNY? I’m in the Amazon Affiliates program, so any time you click one of the links I provide here to my books on Amazon, and then make a purchase of something like, say, a TV, I get a small percentage of Amazon’s profit. So PLEASE consider using one of my links to get to Amazon before you make that next purchase. Thanx!


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