Today I wrote my haiku in the morning, and managed 16 reasonably good ones against my target of ten.
I am now in day 68 of my Buson 100 and starting to feel that I’m gaining from it. The last week or two have been a bit difficult, but it’s getting easier now. It probably sound strange to talk about ten three line poems (probably not much more than 100 words in all) as being hard to write, but they are.
Over an hour ago I started writing this post, meaning to get it done so that I could, make tea and relax. This would, I thought, be a good way to ensure a quality post and a relaxing evening. So far, after several false starts, I have, as you can see, managed to do very little.
I finally got my submission to Wales Haiku Journal sent off, several days later than I intended. That brings me up to six submissions for June, which is one less than my record for May. I have had three acceptances and two rejections for May, with two pending. June has seen two acceptances, one rejection and I am still waiting on three decisions.
If you’d asked me a few years ago I would have said that most of a writer’s time is spent writing. That is incorrect, a lot of time is spent planning, talking, reading, worrying and counting. Particulalrly counting. In a moment I will have done 250 words and will have met my self-imposed minimum target for a blog post.
Sorry, I’m struggling tonight.
You seem to be getting a very satisfactory number of acceptances. You don’t want to get too many or you might start thinking that standards had fallen and that wouldn’t be good for your self esteem..
🙂 😉 😉 Starnage you should mention that . . .
At least you can say you’re leading a writers life
Sort of. Mostly I lead the life of a shop assistant with occasional flashes of writing. So unlike your glittering New York existence as a media star . . . 🙂
Well…hold on…my gold plated limo is here….
If I get a podcast do I get a limo too?
16 seems more than somewhat more than very little
When they go well, it seems like nothing. When they drag one can seem like torture.
Very good! I take photos for pages and posts and then can’t write a post!
Yes, I have quite a few mismatches – text with no photos, photos with no text and ideas that need research are my three main ones. Glad it’s not just me. 🙂
It sounds like you are doing a fine job to me, Quercus. Keep writing!
I will carry on. 🙂
If I can’t write I can always moan about not being able to write . . .
I, too, find it difficult to stick to a time scale. I am for at least 500 words a day, six days a week on my fiction. Doesn’t always work out that way.
Books, podcast, blog, bookselling . . .
It all looks so effortless when you do it. 🙂 I will take heart from your words.
Alas, I scramble like a hamster in a wheel. Sigh.
I am positive all writers find it difficult to write to order or to write within timescales. I think you manage extremely well. You are submitting fair numbers of poems to magazines and getting acceptances quite often. You post here on WP regularly. You must forgive yourself for any bad days when writing doesn’t come easily – you do have other pressures on you which make a difference to your ability to compose poetry and prose, I am sure.
Thank you Clare – it just never seems like enough! 🙂