So You Want to be a Writer!



So you want to be a writer
You want to write a book
Some basic things are needed
She said, ‘This is what it took…

It took plotting, it took planning
Story arcs and story boards
Creating characters and people
Painting pictures with good words

It took days of finding out stuff
In the library, on the ‘net
Checking facts and checking spelling
Finding all that I could get.

It took lots of happy daydreams
Going where my story goes
Tasting words and testing phrases
Skimping nothing, case it shows.

It took hours of dedication
Writing when my back was sore
Editing and checking
And editing some more.

Most of all, then, it took courage
Showing others what you’ve written
Hearing good and bad about it
And hoping they’ll be smitten.

So, if you want to be a writer,
You want to write a book
Enjoy the crazy journey
It’s just as easy as it looks.’

Christine Campbell

15 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. jorobinson176
    Sep 05, 2013 @ 17:58:36

    Easy? Hah! That’s a gorgeous poem Christine – you really make it look effortless – when it’s really not. So wonderful to have you back again. xxx



  2. glenperk
    Sep 05, 2013 @ 17:58:39

    Christine, what a fun poem.



  3. yobial3
    Sep 05, 2013 @ 20:25:48

    Love this great flow and truly depicts the journey. Good work xx



  4. Karie Thoma
    Sep 05, 2013 @ 22:11:20

    I had fun reading this and can tell you must have had fun writing it. The great part is how wonderful and true it all is. Great job!



  5. Ethereal Melody
    Sep 06, 2013 @ 16:15:57

    What a wonderful write, and here I was expecting an lecture. This poem was delightful, and well worth reading two or three times more. šŸ™‚ Thank-you so much for sharing.



  6. Katie Cross
    Sep 06, 2013 @ 19:51:35

    Ha ha! I love it! I’m so impressed with anyone who can work poetry.



  7. nineteen98spirit
    Sep 08, 2013 @ 20:52:14

    I loved it, you made it so true and fun at the same time! “Tasting words and testing phrases” was a great line.



  8. Vashti Quiroz-Vega
    Sep 17, 2013 @ 04:00:14

    I love it Christine!



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