I don’t know what you make of writer’s manuals and advice given to young writers, middle aged writers, the new Justin Biebers of fiction, etc. Do singers read manuals too or dancers? Me? Well I do read any kind of “Twenty five best ways to become Published” or “Fifty five reasons for Rejection”….call me curious or a waster of time. Whatever you think about advice reflects your opinion.
Today I came across two contradictory must-dos for a writer. A writer must read, and write for the exact time s/he spent reading- you know a kind of satisfactory compensation, one for the other. The problem with me is once I start reading, well I just keep reading….suddenly alternate worlds from several books enter the landscape of my brain and then writing turns into something that writers do….not me the reader, far from it.
So a book communicates………
Oh come on and start
You can’t be reading me all day
Falling into the leaves of every tree
Air, air, everywhere, of course I am green!
But is this is all you propose to do?
What? the shelves are full, your eyes are made of reams.
You say yes and life is empty, for every thought I’ve had- a translation there
You point to racks of books digested, books ignored.
You take your eyes off of me, and see meaning condense
On every rod and cone? Kind words but aspiring writer
Keep away for a while
And pen me. I am pliable. So make.
© neelthemuse, 2012
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