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A NaNo Haiku

All these words I write

Still not enough for the goal

Work towards it still

I dedicated yesterday to writing, which really means this.  Woke up around 6:00, read the paper, blogged and surfed the internet for a bit, yoga’d for 40 minutes, started the laundry, wrote a bit (small bit), hit the grocery store, had lunch, wrote a bit (small bit), continued the laundry, took a short nap … began writing for real.

Writing for real looks like this.  Open Word document, write a few paragraphs, check my email, fold clothes, write a couple of paragraphs, play Words with Friends, write a few paragraphs, check WordPress, write a bit more, get a snack, write, more laundry, start the bread, write — oh, during all this time, the Steelers are on TV, so, well, yes, must watch — make a move on the chess game I’ve got going at, write, form bread, laundry, get a beer, write, post on Facebook, write, laundry, bread in the oven.

You get the idea, I think.  Writing for me, is not a focused activity.  Rarely has it been that way.  Yesterday, I managed to write 2,200 words on The Irrepairable Past.  I thought after dinner I would try working on Deviation a little bit, but I was pretty much done with writing.  So, I read instead.

As of the end of day four, I’m at about 4,400 words — about 2,200 words short of the four-day target.  That’s OK though — I made progress on a story that’s been sitting for far too long.  The only question now is whether it’s good progress.


6 responses to “A NaNo Haiku

  1. Kathy November 5, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    You just reminded me how much I miss making bread. I went all gang busters after Thanksgiving last year when I made yeast rolls for the dinner. After that I started adding homemade rolls to our dinner table every couple of weeks and then started making bread. I didn’t buy bread for months. Until I did. And it was easier. Not ‘better’ just easier. So thank you! Bread will be baked in the Cicchini household today!

  2. Deliberately Delicious November 6, 2012 at 4:36 am

    All progress is good progress… Good luck with this difficult challenge!

    • kingmidget November 6, 2012 at 4:43 am

      Completely agree as for progress. Simply put, if it wasn’t for my decision to take on NaNo this year, there are 4,000+ words I wouldn’t have written in the last week. That goes for just about every word I’ll write in the next 25 days as well. This is the kick in the pants I needed.

  3. kingmidget November 6, 2012 at 4:42 am

    Only a few hundred words written tonight, but more important is the development of ideas that will propel future words. Weeknight evenings are so difficult, given the small amount of time and the other demands I confront.

  4. deborahbrasket November 15, 2012 at 9:51 pm

    Hate to admit it but that’s how my “writing days” look too. Today is a writing day. It’s 1:50. Haven’t written a word, but I’ve done laundry, worked out, watered all house plants (a lot!), cleaned out email inbox, and catching up with blog responses. I’m just about ready to start that writing . . . now!

    • kingmidget November 16, 2012 at 4:58 am

      My NaNo is dying a slow death this week. Still trying to use it to write, but there’s no way I’ll get close to 50,000 words. Setting my sights on 20,000 – 25,000 and think that’s being too optimistic.

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