She dropped her pen, hand cramping. Why had she defined success as the number of pages she filled? 

She’d been sure that using paper and pen would slow her thoughts, access a deeper, more creative part of her brain, that would result in less typing and less editing.

She squinted at the stack of curled, etched paper, unable to decipher her scrawl.

Certainly what she had was good, publishable work, ready for the next stage?

Except her hand was cramped, her vision blurred, and her stomach roiled with hunger and nausea.

And most of all, she needed a nap.

© Liz Husebye Hartmann (2019)

Carrot Ranch Prompt (04/25/2019): In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that includes exhaustion. Who is exhausted and why? Can you make art of exhaustion? Go where the prompt leads!

8 thoughts on “NanoWriteMore

  1. Pingback: Exhaustion « Carrot Ranch Literary Community

  2. Nonowritenomore? I am inferring that you switched things up, went to paper and pen rather than the keyboard? I’ve been toying with that idea, in hopes of being less distractible and maybe better able to get ideas poured out. Eh. Unproductive yet and still. And in need of a nap.
    I liked your flash.

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