Monday, July 26, 2010

Words Count

Write 250 words every day and finish a novel in a year? I’d like to know where I am supposed to find time to write those every day – a dropped lump of spare hours in the gutter perhaps? Under the ornamental gourd smothering my runner beans? In the bottom of my handbag amongst the unspent coppers and sticky conference-facility mint?

It’s not just the time spent crafting the words, it’s the age it takes for my laptop to load. There’s the emails and Daily Horoscope to check, the headlines to scan, the updates and Friend Requests from someone you once sat next to in a year end exam to ignore, Spider Solitaire to play.

I do sometimes think of becoming one of those people that gets up at the crack of dawn, goes for a five-mile run, has a bowl of Special K whilst holding perfect yoga poses, then sits down and knocks off a chapter or two before work. You know the types. What do they call them? Anal-retentive freaks of nature. All that fibre must dry up any remaining joy and spontantiety and everyone knows running jiggers your knees.

Then there’s the evenings. If I’m not in the gym, ploughing up and down the pool, which I’m invariably not, there’s the pots to wash, the cat to feed, Sudoku to complete, phone calls to be made, repeats to be watched, nails to paint, books to read.

If I had the time I would write 250 words. I haven’t.

15 Comments:

Blogger Vicus Scurra said...

Please do not combine the eating of special K with yoga. The Upanishads are very clear on this. Only consume those cereals that are based upon organic oats while attempting to align your chakras.

11:56 pm  
Anonymous Beki said...

It's amazing how muc desk tidying and file sorting has to be done to *that's my excuse today*

9:28 pm  
Blogger Donn said...

How many thousands of words do you have sitting on your blog? Stick that in an envelope, ship it off, and wait for the cheques to start filling the mail box.

5:06 am  
Blogger Cameron Armstrong said...

Every wanna-be writer talks about how they can't find the time to write. Writers make the time to write.

I'm not trying to attack you with words, merely encouragement to find time to write. Don't waste your life saying to want to write a novel, there are thousands of other people who say that enough.

Be a writer.

9:56 am  
Blogger LuvlyLittleSister said...

Hi CP, it's a long time since you posted this and too long since I read your blog last. I hope you have started writing your novel. I'd love to read it. xxx

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Blogger Anonymous,or the life and times of Ronald Eaton said...

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Blogger SunnyElf said...

lol and I bet that's just a tiny bit over 250 words, right? hahaha!! :D

ok, good sense of humor, don't mind the bookmark link.

Keep writing!

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