Shawn L. Bird

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poem- NaNoWriMo doldrums November 6, 2013

Filed under: Poetry,Writing — Shawn L. Bird @ 7:21 pm
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A month

to write

a novel

throughout the nations.

But on day 6

I already

require fibrillation.

So tired

So worn

and the end of day

My eyelids are drooping

and I think there’s no way

after pounding out emails

and working all day

I have any energy

for what writing entails.

But I’m half way through

a fun new novella

If I can just sit and type

avoid Facebook and Skype

write, write, write

then perhaps in spite

of procrastination

I’ll be able to sing

in celebration.

No need for special inspiration

just dedication to my narration.



36 Responses to “poem- NaNoWriMo doldrums”

  1. Gavin Says:

    I sincerely hope you make it through.

  2. I know exactly what you are saying. I’m now writing encouragement haikus to myself. I have no doubt you’ll make it!

    • lol It would be easier if I didn’t just spend 2 hours in a hot bath enjoying Jodi McIsaac’s latest book. Time to buckle down Let’s see what I can get done in the next hour.

  3. Joel Says:

    I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been near midnight with my head in my hands trying to get my brain to put words on the page. Keep pushing. You can do it.

  4. davidprosser Says:

    Grit your teeth as usual and get back in the arena, you’ll do it as always. I’ve every faith in your determination. No guarantees you won’t sleep through December though.
    xxx Huge Hugs xxx.

  5. timthepoet Says:

    I can’t understand why you’re doing Nanowrimo. I thought you were a poet and I do enjoy your poems.

    • I am a novelist as well, Tim. I have 2 published novels, 2 in edits, one in development, one with an agent, and this month I will end with drafts for at least 2 novellas that work with the piece with the agent, at her request.

      • timthepoet Says:

        Presumably you have no kids then. To hold down a job, write two published novels and do your blog. You must have a kind husband.

      • I do have independent kids, but also a housekeeper, and a SAINT of a husband. 🙂

        Writing a novel doesn’t require a lot of time, it just requires consistency. I wrote Grace Awakening Dreams & Power over 6 months, 6000 words a week. I aimed for 1200 words each weekday, which was an hour’s work, usually in three 20 minute stints. If I reached goal, I took the weekend off. If I didn’t, I had to be done by Sunday night. 160,000 words later, I had 2 novels. I started Grace in October, 5 years ago. It’s quite astonishing how much has happened in those 5 years!

      • timthepoet Says:

        You are blessed then.

  6. KaBoKi Says:

    Think abouth the children :/ & if you don’t compose it, then who shall. This is your duty.

    That’s what I tell myself@ 1:30am

  7. RoSy Says:

    You can do it!

  8. We had no power today so couldn’t get the car out of the garage, never mind make a cup of coffee. Finally dragged myself to the end of the road to find the friendly Bistro was closed too. Then our alarm went off and kept going off until I disconnected the battery. All this made 1500 words seem pretty attractive, if only I’d had the option!

  9. ioniamartin Says:

    A cup of coffee, a shot of jack, a bolt of electricity. Good as new.

  10. releaf1954 Says:

    Ah, NaNoWriMo. I lost one day to a folk festival and I just can’t seem to catch up my word count. I can get my regular daily quota, but I can’t make up the deficit. Last year was my first NaNo and I won, so I thought I’d try it again this year. I think I forgot how hard it was. We can do it!!

    • Last year I was sick for a week in the middle and managed about 500 a day during that period. In order to finish, I had to do 3-5000 words a day the last week. Just about died, but got it done 20 mins from deadline! lol

  11. simono1968 Says:

    to all of us doing the NaNoWriMo, good luck, struggling to find the words :S and being too easily ooohh look, a bacon sandwich . . .

  12. Imelda Says:

    I wish all the best. Go go go. 🙂

  13. you are very clever…i all ready want to read more, ty for visiting my blog ps i want to read Grace too!

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