Back is hurting, ass is sweaty, tired of hunching, always pressing,
Got to get back on my feet got to get those words to seep –
Through my fingers, from my pen, to the desktop, repeat again.
How many drafts does one book take, how much perfection do readers crave?
Doesn’t matter, I don’t care, I know one day it will get there.
Perseverance? That is shit. Try to spend one year like this.
Learn to get up when you’re damper, know each word from front to backwards.
See description and how it lies, find out what meets readers’ eyes.
For it is not the talk of bees, nor the words that make you pleased.
What readers want is not so much, just to read and feel a rush.
To stimulate the modern mind, without much pictures in faster times,
To do the work of talking grand is indeed one dumb-ass of a plan.
They did not come here just to see the mind of yours and learn you’re deep.
They came instead to just relax, to grab a book and eat a snack.
To keep them going for one night, to let them think your book reads right.
Get them thinking it’s a treat, get them wondering why ‘Jack leaps’.
Raise a question, submit the answer, in the middle fill with banter.
Do this once and you’ll achieve, fulfillment of the writers’ dream.
– Thomas M. Watt
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