Another Saturday afternoon taking care of household business—this time, four new tires and a front-end alignment. I can’t effectively write on my work-in-progress here, but I can tell you what it’s like to pull a story out of my…head.
Luckily, Tire Kingdom has wi-fi, so consider this a lazy-day brain-doodle. Simply hit play and read along (it may take a few seconds to buffer):
Cracking the WIP!
(Writin’, writin’, writin’…writin’, writin’, writin’…)
Keep writin’, writin’, writin’,
Though the fish are bitin’,
Keep them thoughts a’heightened
The pain in your lumbar,
Is hell-bent for slumber.
Wish your tale was cut and dry.
Thinkin’, thinkin’, thinkin’,
Put aside your drinkin’,
Keep them brain cells clinkin’
And don’t desensitize ’em,
Be pensive an’ surprise ’em
Then you will be living the life.
Move it there, edit that,
Edit that, move it there.
Move it there, edit that
All night (all night).
Cut ’em out, write ’em in,
Write ’em in, cut ’em out,
Cut ’em out, write ’em in
Here’s all the things it’s missin’:
A hero who don’t listen,
Handmaidens who won’t stand and defy!
“And why the hell’s a zombie
There eating someone’s Mommy?
This tale’s not a horror!” I decry.
Your scattered mind’s all a’flitter,
The whole world is sure to be atwitter,
Atwitter about the masterpiece you scribed.
Double check, triple check, cut that out, cut that out, double check, triple check. NO! It’s crap!
Double check, triple check, cut that out, cut that out, double check, triple check. There! At last it’s done!
Revise, revise, revise,
Send it out to fresh eyes
Who do their darnedest to
It’s almost done,
The battle almost won
And you’ll ride the publication high.
A New York Times Bestseller!
You’re sure one lucky feller!
All because you stayed up to write!
Movie lights, Hollywood,
Hollywood, movie lights,
Movie lights, Hollywood.
Yeah, right. (That’s right.)
Kill the Bird, Save the Cat,
Coin a word, wave a hat,
Cut ’em out, write ’em in
Kill the Bird,
Save the Cat,
Coin a word,
Wave a hat,
Cut ’em out,
Write ’em in
(Let the cat eat the bird and be done!)
Have a great day!
ML Swift is a writer of Middle Grade, Young Adult, and Adult fiction, although he dabbles in many genres.
An Alzheimer’s caregiver for the past ten years, he has published several articles on The Alzheimer’s Reading Room, the largest online website catering to that community, and plans to write a novel about his experience in caregiving.
He resides in Florida with his dogs, Rameses and Buster, attempting to reclaim his side of the bed.
Music: “Rawhide – Theme (Instrumental)” from The Alamo – Dimitri Tiomkin – The Essential Film Music Collection by The City Of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. Released: 2004. Track 9 of 15. Genre: Soundtracks.