Dr. Seuss for Writers

on November 8, 2011 in Misc

This is my story
I wrote it myself.
It’s that wonderful book
Right there on the shelf.

It took many months
Of plotting and typing
Fitting into a genre
Obsessing and griping.

I learned how to edit
And polish my prose
How to speed up a chapter
Whenever it slows.

I peopled my novel
With characters deep
And penned moving scenes
To make readers weep.

I wove thrills and spills
Through chapter and verse
Gave flaws to my heroes
Made dialogue terse.

I fought writer’s block,
Literary neurosis,
Despair and confusion,
And a touch of cirrhosis.

For nothing could stop me.
I would finish my book!
And then get it published
By hook or by crook.

Thus now I’m triumphant
And friends and folks cheer
They pop the champagne,
Whilst I shed a tear.

For now that it’s over
And my book is in print
I must find a few readers
Or I won’t make a mint.

For to keep at this game
Of being a writer
I must earn a few bucks
And wield words like a fighter

I must toil and perspire
O’er my keyboard and words
And must o’erlook
How this job’s for the birds.

For once my book’s finished
And it’s printed on paper
I feel lost and adrift.
I must write a new caper!


8 Responses to “Dr. Seuss for Writers”

  1. ann says:

    This is awesome!! Love it!

  2. Ciara Knight says:

    I love Dr. Seuss! This was great. My son had to write a Dr. Seuss presentation for Science this week. I was impressed with what he did. :) I’m sorry for my absence, but I’m back and so excited about your book. Don’t forget to shout loud and proud when it is available on Kindle.

  3. Helena says:

    Ciara — Never apologize! I have no idea how you do all the stuff you do, let alone visit (which is always a pleasure). And thanks so much for asking about TCM, which is now available on Kindle. You’d think I’d know enough to make that announcement here.

  4. Helena says:

    Ann – Dr. Seuss is such an inspiration.

  5. When I was a kid, I read all the Dr. Seuss books. But having no kids of my own, I’ve little motivation to revisit them. Now at the age of 40, it’s difficult for me to remember the stories of many of them that haven’t been made into movie adaptations. I do remember that I liked them. I guess that’s all that matters.

  6. Helena says:

    Michael — Remembering that you liked him is a high compliment for any writer.

  7. Old Kitty says:

    Big hello to your amazing beautiful blog and amazing fantasttic poem!! Yay!!!!! Good luck with your next caper!

    Take care

  8. Helena says:

    Old Kitty — And hello to you and your own lovely blog, http://ten-lives-second-chances.blogspot.com/