Shawn L. Bird

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words July 4, 2013

Filed under: Poetry,Writing — Shawn L. Bird @ 12:38 pm
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I commit to write

one thousand words a day

So I am 3 437 words behind today.

Day four.

I read the manuscript

the W.I.P.

and laugh out loud

at scenes so real

I believe them.

More scenes

Good scenes


how do they connect?

Where will I

find the patchwork

pieces to make

this fit together?

I think.

I clip a poodle.

I think.

I clean the kitchen.

I think.

I make the bed.

I think.

I go to the gym.

I think.

I tell my students,

“Don’t think. Just write,

your brain is in your pen.”

So now I need

to take

my own advice.


27 Responses to “words”

  1. No need to approve this comment, but you have a typo in your second line: “one thousand” not “on thousand.” Fun poem though, have a great day! 🙂

  2. tjtherien Says:

    this made me think of your process as a quilt of scenes you are piecing together with a thousand stitches a day… all the best in your camp nanowrimo quest

  3. Christina Says:

    Writing is the hardest part…

  4. Ellespeth Says:

    This is great! That’s where I ‘m stuck, too! I have to take about 8 sections and connect/blend them together. Hahaha! They have to make sense first 😛 Oh well…I’m enjoying Camp Nano. Now…if I can only find a cabin with adults. Yay for us! We are actually doing ths.

    • Shawn Bird Says:

      My challenge is that I have the main series story, which is set in stone, but this novel is a parallel plot from another character’s perspective, so his story needs to have its own arc that works within the series arc.

  5. Years ago I tried, Journalling the Artist’s Way, by Julia Cameron and it actually works…to allow your pen to guide you…not your brain:) Great idea to have a goal of 1000 words a day. WI

    • Shawn Bird Says:

      Amazon delivered me The Artist’s Way and The Artist’s Way Morning Pages Journal just last week. I haven’t had a chance to look at it yet. 🙂 I’m a little concerned because I am SO not a morning person. They might be Midnight pages for me… 😉

      • I am a night owl and did the exercise while working my late shifts. You do it when wake up…be it 10am. or noon. There IS a point to it. It is used as well for counselling this method…quite enlightening. Good luck. There is no right or wrong way…just set your pen on paper and write without lifting it off the paper or pausing or thinking…just write. You will be amazed after a few minutes. I suggest this to teens with personal emotion issues they need to work through. Happy Journalling.

      • Shawn Bird Says:

        For the last year I gave my students visual or alphabetical prompts and they had to write for X mins (varied throughout classes and throughout the year- 18 was the most). The only rule was that they had to keep pen on paper and keep writing. I got really good feedback on it, and many of them mentioned that they could tell their writing fluency had improved dramatically, which was the point of the exercise. Like I said above, I need to follow my own advice! 😉

  6. Bee Says:

    Very good I like it

  7. edgarone2 Says:

    “Just write,
    your brain is in your pen.”

    I should heed your advice.

  8. summerstommy2 Says:

    In the land of all writers you have nailed the issue we all have when writing. Good one Shawn

  9. quarksire Says:

    i get thata way typying at lotsa werdz a minute as fast as i can think, sumtimes…so jest go with teh flow and cum back an fixmistake laters…i do.when i write i write so fast lotsa time i cant read my own writin i like the keyboard now ,,is kewl for thet reason i cant typpe fast as i think a lotta times,,funny blog…cya cheers:)….Q

  10. deepa Says:

    You made my day, because this is exactly where I am with my WIP–looking for the right connections for my scattered scenes!

  11. Thanks so much for the follow, SB. You described me in this post. LOL I might post someday how I write all the time, everywhere. *Hair dripping* “Honey, hold on. I have to unload my brain [on the computer]. I was writing in the shower.” I like your fun voice.

  12. Fake it until you can make it: I don’t know what to write I don’t know what to write why don’t I know what to write how do I make this connect with that other thing I don’t know what I’m doing I’d rather clip a poodle (?) I’d rather wax the floor…wishing you a speedy exit from your writing rut! 🙂

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