Fluid Progression

There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.

Ernest Hemingway

6-word story: vague advice

The ambulance is coming. Thanks, Hemingway.


Another excuse not to write

Oh woe is me
For a typewriter, I do not see
Sadly, they have gone the way
Of antiquity


60-word story: no more bloodshed

The ancient technique of bloodletting is one I know too well. No, I’m not in the medical or burial profession, I am a writer.
Year after year I fill the page, spelling my life force without consideration for my health.
Tonight, however, after a single page I grow faint. The story must go on, but the blood will not come.


When it arrives
It arrives in a torrent
And as I wade
I glimpse loose pearls
Amongst the downpour


Quantity produces quality. If you only write a few things, youโ€™re doomed.

Ray Bradbury

Zappai: Catch 22?

I write many things
but only use a few words
am I to be doomed?


Numbers for the Sake of Numbers

To let the words flow
In a constant unfiltered stream
will get you to your word count
but editing will make you scream


Lune: the numbers game

All this writing talk
Let’s just stop
And look at the math


To win NaNoWriMo, participants must write an average of approximately 1,667 words per day (69 per hour, 1.2 per minute) in November to reach the goal of 50,000 words written toward a novel.


Sure, when you break it down like that…


Good luck to all who attempt the feat.


Total words in this post: 269 ๐Ÿ˜‰



51 thoughts on “Fluid Progression

  1. Haha! ๐Ÿ˜‚ Yeh, I don’t think I could manage the 1,000 plus words per day for a day nevermind a whole month! ๐Ÿ˜›๐Ÿ˜‚ Nor could I manage the excessive blood letting. ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜‚ I love your quite literal interpretation of this quote Mouse! โค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜‚

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  2. This collection of quotes and poetry echos my feelings about NaNoWriMo! I refuse to torture myself. I tried it 10 years ago and it sucked all the joy and creativity right (write) out of me!

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  3. Ah, from one writer to another. I did NaNo one year. I got through the whole 50,000 words but did not finish a full draft of the novel. I often write well over 1000 words in my journal each day but I might have two or three (or no!) drafts for poems. I just let the thoughts flow and then edit and edit and edit, mostly deleting. Enjoyed this post.

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    1. Congratulations on completing the feat.
      1000 a day is impressive. I don’t know the last time I did anything close to that.
      I guess it’s a good technique to have. It’s all in front of you and then you prune.

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  4. While I haven’t yet participanted in NaNo, I try to consistently write each day in some type of format: poetry, short story, journal, or something. Hemingway’s words remind us that a writer’s efforts will require some sacrifice. After all, each has a bit of blood to deposit on those typewriter keys.

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    1. I try the same but I’ve had trouble finding the time in the past few months.
      I guess I have to find something to sacrifice in order to get the blood flowing.

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