Saturday, November 13, 2010

A Note to All Aspiring Writers

If what you write is what you think,
And words and feelings are in sync,

Then listen to some small advice,
Before you throw that artsy dice.

Be careful what you put in print,
'Cause it if has a tiny tint

Of what must ever not be said,
The public, then, will have your head.

Beware, beware the fresh and new
Avoid the red line or your own skew

Comply and don't forget, conform,
To what is called the social norm.

Accept what is pushed down your throat,
And to the public eye devote

The tired ramblings of thoughts long thought,
You'll never write just what you ought.

For when you're thinking for yourself
You'll find your book put on no shelf

Be careful not to be unique;
It doesn't matter what you think.

I see so many books on bookstore shelves that, if not for their glitzy covers, would be sold as the same book. There is nothing original about them. All are about A. Vampires B. Werewolves or C. Vampires and Werewolves. It's tiring trying to find a book not in a series that I've already started. And what's more, 90% are trash. They aren't original, they aren't well written, and they most definitely aren't worth the paper that they're printed on. Do I have a problem with supernatural books involving supernatural creatures? No. One of my favorite series, The Mortal Instruments, uses this a main part of their world. The difference is, is that the story behind (or rather, in front of) the creatures is interesting, engaging, and well written. So please, take my poem as the satire it is, and think up original ideas.
---inspired by National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)---

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