Writing Wednesday: Motivation and National Novel Writing Month

Last Week’s Goals

My three blog entries posted as scheduled. Rotating my stories back out to market as fast as I can.

I failed to make my weekly quota once more – only 785 words of fiction. I finished my reacquaintance revision of Swordsmaster: Deception. I wrote six days, but didn’t make my daily quota even once. The draft now sits at 102,074 words.TooMuchOfAGoodThingCover

A Smashwords Presale is in progress for “Too Much of a Good Thing.” The ninth Detective Jimmy Delaney story is available for FREE download right now, so you can even read it BEFORE the November 12th release day (just TWO more days.) Here’s the link:


You can also preorder it instead for a REDUCED PROMOTIONAL PRICE, if you want to pay more than FREE (I don’t mind if you do…) – links are in my Current Book Promotions page.

More on the MARKETING & PROMOTION Front:

Simily.co is a new platform I started trying at the end of August. The principle is similar to Kindle Select / Kindle Unlimited, where members (current fee is either free or a reduced amount as they start up) and authors get a small payment for each reader who looks at their story.

  1. This is only short fiction
  2. The author’s story doesn’t have to be exclusive (with Amazon’s scheme, you have to be exclusive)
  3. The author retains all rights to their works, and can withdraw at any time.

I have fourteen stories on the platform. You can check them out here:


Give it a try (as a reader OR a writer.) I’d be glad to hear your thoughts and impressions of both my stories and the site in the comments here – thanx!

Happy NaNoWriMo!

It’s November, and I’ve heard that many writers are engaged in NaNoWriMo (for the uninitiated, that’s NAtional NOvel WRIting MOnth.) The goal is to write 50,000 words toward a novel over the course of the month.

It’s interesting that they put it in November. The HOLIDAYS start impacting our daily lives by the middle of the month, and I imagine it takes a real effort to keep pushing past Thanksgiving to reach the objective.

Have I ever participated in NaNoWriMo? No, I haven’t – I can’t bring myself to function that way when it comes to my writing – following the plans of others isn’t natural to me. I have my own schedule that I try to keep to, and letting the rest of the writing world dictate that THIS PARTICULAR MONTH I must do nothing but write as fast as I can seems counterproductive.

Swordsmaster4For example, here I am trying to return to my draft of Swordsmaster: Deception. I already know that I won’t be adding another 50,000 words to it, so if I want to participate, it would have to be on something new. I would have needed to stop my reacquaintance revision halfway through, which means returning to it in December, when I will have already forgotten where I was in the process.

I have always marched to my own drum. I’ve become pretty good at keeping myself moving forward, but I understand that many people need outside help – a drill sergeant or a personal trainer, or a community to help them push. Every person is different, and that holds for writers as well.

I think that NaNoWriMo can provide motivation for many – especially when they aren’t used to setting their own schedule and goals. And when you’re one who feels more comfortable doing what everyone else is doing. Maybe it makes some writers feel comforted to know that they’re sharing a goal with all these other writers – that they’re not alone, but in a community all striving toward the same thing. Or maybe it’s peer pressure – a variation of the PUBLIC HUMILIATION motivation that makes me post how I’m doing toward my goals each week. You commit to NaNoWriMo with others, and now how will you feel if you fail?

Whatever gets you writing – just do it!

Good luck to all you writers out there, whether you’re participating in NaNoWriMo or not. It’s just not for me. Someday, my plans may sync up where I’ll already planning a similar effort at the same time, but so far, not yet. Just saying…

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!


or on twitter: @WilliaMangieri

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