So, You Wanna Be a Writer? (Secrets of a Writer’s Life)

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I will be continuing to offer up some writing inspiration and fun as I share some snippets from my writing life. For better AND worse.

So, You Wanna Be A Writer (Secrets of a Writer’s Life)

So,

YOU

wanna be

a writer?

Well, listen carefully to me

before your dreams are crushed

and ego bruised carelessly.

I’ll tell you what you need to do

and why you shouldn’t care

whether or not your published

or write as a career.

I’ll tell you the secrets

all writers need to know,

how writing in your closet

and writing on the go

will take you on a journey

not unlike Jacques Cousteau.

Listen very closely,

as I preach with my keys-

secret number one

is to write exactly as you please-

forget about the masses,

and what “everyone” will think

ignore your morning chores,

leave the dishes in the sink.

Take your pen and journal

shut the door and sit-

I’m onto secret number two-

in just a little bit.

Conclusion number one is this:

A Writer never quits! 

Secret number two is this,

just be still!

Hurry up, seize the day –

be present where you are-

fill up every moment

as you would an empty jar-

with fireflies,

people’s lies,

and everything you know

capture every moment

as if falling snow.

Each experience encountered

provides an empty box

with a plethora of topics

not unlike a crazy fox-

doubling back on his tracks

and knowing that each step

matters in the sequence

not unlike a writer’s prep.

One more thing I must add now

In all things keep your wit-

Conclusion number two is this:

A Writer never quits!

On to secret number three

I’ll squeeze the best into this test

a thought for you to ponder

a writer

must write

 as sure as birds fly yonder.

A writer wages a war with pen

brings life to his reflections

the ink does birth

the writer’s thoughts

making magical connections,

but every writer needs one friend

to suggest a few corrections.

Otherwise he must stay true

to his own introspection.

The Writer’s only secret

I must now admit

is conclusion number three:

A Writer never quits! 

by Dawn Paoletta (A Writer)

Looking for some writing inspiration?

Join in for our writing prompts: 21 Days of Journaling in Januay

Stay tuned for a book giveaway: I will be giving a copy of the writing anthology from my local writer’s group this week! 

7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Christine Miranda
    Jan 17, 2015 @ 13:29:24

    Well said! I will continue to write.

    Reply

  2. Barbara
    Jan 17, 2015 @ 21:26:54

    Love it!! A Writer Never Quits!!! I really like this post!!

    Reply

  3. kelrohlf
    Jan 19, 2015 @ 19:59:17

    Great tribute to the writing life! Love it!

    Reply

  4. Cecelia Lester
    Jan 24, 2015 @ 17:16:52

    I have times when I wonder about quitting. But,not now!

    Reply

  5. dawnlizjones
    May 28, 2016 @ 14:51:16

    OH puh-LEZE may I use this on my “not-my-poetry” site?? BRILLIANT.

    Reply

  6. Roos Ruse
    Sep 09, 2016 @ 15:49:00

    Quit, back off, give it up – words not found in my vocabulary. Thanks to the other Dawn (dawnlizjones) this wonderful poem blessed me to keep working like Jacques Cousteau, without regard to who will ever read it. ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

    Reply

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