A Writer’s Progress

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.



20 thoughts on “A Writer’s Progress

  1. tootlepedal

    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..

    1. quercuscommunity Post author

      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 . . . 🙂

    1. quercuscommunity Post author

      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. 🙂

  2. Laurie Graves

    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.

  3. Clare Pooley

    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.


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