I am officially a writer…because my linen closets would make Martha herself weep

capability mom gets organized with martha stewart

Photo - Martha Stewart

I am a writer – no, not because I just got paid to write (that happened a while ago) but because when I joined NaNoWriMo (nothing smoother? from writers, really?) I became suddenly extremely interested in cleaning, specifically all of the closets in my house. I have yet to tackle the junk drawer or the basement, but Martha Stewart herself would be proud of my linen closets (except I slacked and didn’t label everything – that may mean I am also still sane). Why? because I am supposed to be writing 1,600 plus words per day and I am not even close. Brutal, to even attempt it with a family, a part-time job and a modicum of a social life… plus I do like to sleep at least 8 hours and I am just not cutting it – the writing, the sleeping is going well, thanks.

Part of this is good for me because I have never even admitted I wanted to do this (write a novel) but I also am slightly risk averse and never want to fail at anything but here I am publicly announcing that I am writing a novel and now publicly failing to deliver. I should be ashamed but instead I am thrilled, thrilled that I was bold enough to try it and smart enough to know I am in the weeds and am not getting out any time soon.

I did write for a few hours on Sunday afternoon while the rest of the family was at the Boston College Women’s Soccer game and you may think I have all day during the week but it is surprising how much of my time is really taken up with household matters and not just the made up ones. Now I have to go…write? No, I could be doing that now, right? Nope, even better! I found a car kit that I need to put together first…Thank you, Martha!

capability mom puts off writing for another day with help from martha stewart

Photo - Martha Stewart




5 comments to I am officially a writer…because my linen closets would make Martha herself weep

  • Here’s my pragmatic advice. If 1,600 is not a realistic number, pick a new number that is doable and stick to 6 days a week. Maybe it’s only 100 words a day or 500. It can be any number. Give yourself one day off for hitting the 6 days. The key is consistency and little by little, you will write that novel! I can’t wait!

  • You can do it! Good for you, giving it a shot. I have to say, though, that Nano never worked for me, and that you shouldn’t feel bad if 50,000 words don’t roll off your tongue. My November goal: to work on my new novel every single day. I keep a little diary of my efforts. So far, I have a perfect record, because the goal is manageable, and I’ve added 10,000 words. Go figure.
    You go, girl!

  • Oh–and my mother believes that there’s a special place in heaven for women with tidy linen closets. So you’ve got that going for you too!

  • I can so relate to this kind of diversionary tactic! LOL. Washing dishes is my big procrastination technique. Followed by laundry, including ironing everything I own.

  • […] « Is it too late to order Holiday Cards?    My new present to me – a Kobo e-reader » Really Easy Last Minute Gifts (that don’t look like it) – Day 12 By Capability, on December 21st, 2010 Okay, it is true, I am a huge fan of Martha Stewart. I have been for a while, then she got all too perfect (or, really I had small children and could not even consider that level of perfection and still don’t do it but can imagine it and take inspiration from it) and now I like her again. She is an incredible business woman and really good at pulling together great ideas to make your home beautiful. This photo is her version of how to give tea and cookies. Mine is a little more casual but it is nice, too. Recently I made-over my linen closet per her instructions and put together a car caddy. […]

Leave a Reply