Tuesday Poems For #Writers #Inspiration #WritingCommunity – To Indie or Not Indie?

Another poem inspired by Lucy of Blonde Write More! Thinking about the choices we make regarding publishing!

Could I do it
on my own?
Could I afford it?
Take a loan?

Push myself to 
edit?
Teach myself to 
market?

Formatting for
e-books
Seeing how the
inside looks

Do I need
a paperback?
Should it be seen
upon a rack?

Or do I try
submitting?
Find an agent
who is fitting?

A person who
can take care
Find me a deal
that's just and fair

Get me published
traditionally
What others think is
'properly'

So my books will
sell in shops
And book charts?
I could hit the tops!

Both are hard
Both need your book
Both need your time
Both need a hook

Yet with one 
you sell your soul
Trying to achieve
your only goal

And the other
it's up to you
How much effort 
you put in to

Creative control
may be taken away
Indie or traditional
I'm starting to sway...

Ritu 2019

Not Just My Verse, Your Two Two Too!! – Bucket List

Roy, over at A Guy Named Bloke, created this super cool challenge!

IT’S CALLED NOT JUST MY VERSE, YOUR TWO TWO TOO!

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Rory’s Instructions:
I will choose a topic, write four lines of Rhyming Verse then l will tag one of my readers who will in turn add four lines of Rhyming Verse to my mine and Tag one of their own readers, and then it is a case of wash rinse repeat and let’s see how far our topic goes in so far as a Rhyme?

The Perfectly Crazy Bucket List!

Rory Starts us off:
So, so much to do, and with so little time,
I want to do everything, nothing to be missed,
But how do l plan it all, how do l define,
The perfectly crazy bucket list?
Paula’s adds:
First up is a lush tropical jungle,
Jaguars and waterfalls… all quite insane;
I do hope my parachute isn’t all bungled,
When I jump from the doorway of this airplane!
Fandango Continues:
I want to take a rocket into space,
Or maybe a submarine ride deep in the sea.
I sure hope they will save me a place,
Because that’s where I really want to be!
Cheryl Contributes:
A trip to the mountains is what l’d choose,
I’ll make sure to wear climbing shoes,
Rocks are high and edges slippery,
Wouldn’t want to fall off the perifery,
Kristian's Contribution:
I’d like see the world, visit the sands of Abu Dhabi
take a cruise down the Golden Gate Bridge in my Maserati
head to New England and catch a game at old Fenway Park,
then board a ship to Costa Rica where I can swim with a shark.
Nova's Addition
I’d travel to the desert in Egypt
And photograph the pyramids
Then board the Ciaro railway,
To the Chocolateria in Madrid.

Thank you Nova for thinking of me!

And mine...
Swimming with dolphins in the ocean deep
A worldwide cruise, though it won't be cheap
I want to write a novel, and hope it's a best seller
To see my book upon a shelf, wouldn't that be stellar?

And I would like to tag… Willow to continue the Rhyming Bucket list!

Tuesday Poems For Writers #Inspiration – Editing Hell!

Another poem inspired by Lucy of Blonde Write More! This time we tackle editing!

Editing Hell!

Another word for editing
Could be simply - HELL
It's not enough to write a book
You need to rewrite it as well!

Blood sweat and tears go
Into every word you write
And the rereading and rewriting
Eats into every night

Your story - finally complete
You happily type 'The End'
Until you find a plot hole
It drives you round the bend!

Your beta finds a typo
You quickly get it fixed
Now to send to your editor
Will your story have them bewitched?

"Hmmm, not too bad, but change that bit
And sort out your point of view
I'm not to sure about this arc..."
Jeez, my story'll read like new!

"It's not a lot, just scrap those words
And these chapters too.
Write this instead, add more pizazz."
Original words left - a few

Weeks or months spent unpicking things
And stitching together again
I'll win this battle with my book
And the war too, with my pen!

Finally complete, though
It's not the tale originally planned
Still, another step closer to my dream
Of holding my book in my hand

Ritu 2019

The Four Stages – #Poetry #Inspired

After a wonderful review of my poetry book, Poetic RITUals, Lucy Mitchell, of BlondeWriteMore blog fame (she is too funny, you must follow her!) she mentioned to me that she had been searching for inspiring pietry aimed at writers and creative types… words that may inspire and help nudge you through the tough writerly moments we go through…

ISn’t that just wonderful? ❤

Now, I can’t magic up a whole book but it got me thinking, and I penned a little Etheree quartet, dedicated to my fave Blonde, Lucy, and all the writers out there!

The Four Stages

Write
Right now
Momentum
The need to type
I feel them coming
Ideas multiply
Fingers fly across the keys
Story seeds blossom into trees
A book the world will all want to read
Thousands of words reaching a crescendo
 
Blank
It’s gone
I’ve lost it
My story thread
No ideas flow
Inspiration has run dry
All my dreams come crashing down
I’ll never be a best seller
Should I delete the whole sorry lot?
No one will ever want to read this stuff
 
Read
Inspired
Just maybe
I can do this
My book could happen
Someone might just like it
Plot twists thicken in my mind
Endings start to come together
Put the book down; get the keyboard out
It’s time to make my book dream come to life
 
Write
Again
Typing fast
Renewed vigour
Finish is in sight
I almost can’t keep up
Words tumble onto my screen
Loose ends seem to come together
Tying up the story completely
Breathe… and finally type those words… ‘The End’
 
  Ritu 2019
There is my inspiration for this verse… Lovely Lucy, alongside my dear friend, His Geoffleship!

Colleen’s 2019 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 125 #SynonymsOnly – Game & Trouble #Senryu

It’s Tuesday, and that means Colleen’s Tanka Challenge! Of course, just providing a couple of words would be far too simple, so we have two words, yes, but we can’t use them! Only synonyms allowed!

Origin & Write

 Looking at the past
Recording every moment
Of my ancestry
 
Scribing names of
Ancestors who shaped my life
Made me who I am

Forging connections
On paper, by pen, today
Lasting forever

 Ritu 2019

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