The writer’s intention is always to captivate his reader, hold their attention so they cannot put the book down until the purpose is resolved. This, of course, is what we all seek as writers, and this short but concise poem is simply about that intention. Enjoy…
‘My words linger on your tongue,
my hand pressed hard against your throat,
I entreat thee, I capture,
you, mesmerised by what I wrote,
you may squirm, and writhe and struggle,
but no purpose your freedom be,
until that very last line is read,
you’re mine, and cannot flee,
my phrases like stone prison walls,
shall keep you within my grasp,
until my resolve is done,
and so, the monkey off your back,
so still yourself and follow,
for there is no end, reprieve,
until those words release your mind,
but within you, I leave a seed,
a knowing that we’ll meet again,
my words like mead and honey,
my eloquence and seductive ways,
beyond your control or money,
so sit back, pay attention,
and become immersed in all I write,
the battle ends when I decide,
the war your endless plight.’
Famous Quotes from writers…
I try to create sympathy for my characters, then turn the monsters loose.
– Stephen King
Prose is architecture, not interior decoration.
– Ernest Hemingway
It’s none of their business that you have to learn to write. Let them think you were born that way.
– Ernest Hemingway
Most writers regard the truth as their most valuable possession and therefore are most economical in its use.
– Mark Twain
And as imagination bodies forth
The forms of things unknown, the poet’s pen
Turns them to shapes and gives to airy nothing
A local habitation and a name.
– William Shakespeare (from A Midsummer Night’s Dream)
If you can tell stories, create characters, devise incidents, and have sincerity and passion, it doesn’t matter a damn how you write.
– Somerset Maugham
To produce a mighty book, you must choose a mighty theme.
– Herman Melville
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