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Spinning and Grinning

Spinning and Grinning

The National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) has run for nearly three weeks.

Bloggers, writers, novelists and other wordsmiths tirelessly tap their keyboards, racing to meet daily totals. No writer wants to be late for the final deadline: 50,000 words at the end of the month of November.

What does it take to spin a yarn worthy of readership? What key components comprise the difference between a successful book and a dust-gatherer, between a novel that sits in the library stacks and one that is checked out often?

Irish Spinner

Circa 1920

Public Domain Photo

The Spin Doctor –

A Rhyming Twirl as Tales Unfurl

I’d like to spin for you a tale,

To lead your thoughts beyond the pale.

The yarn, though coarse, may hold its spring,

To wind a story and to sing.

The wheel, a-whirl within my mind,

A dozen themes does intertwine.

A welcome ear I only ask –

And pray my pen may match the task.

Posted for a variety of prompts:

Easy Street Prompts (“in the stacks and out”)

Friday Flash-55 (55 words)

Meme Express (Friday Freedom)

Monday Poetry Train (poem/s)

Theme Thursday (“late”)

Love poetry? Check out Simply Snickers, a brand-new weekly poetry prompt. Try your hand with weekly prompts! Or, look into The Meme Express for daily blogging prompts.

Click here to visit Linda Ann Nickerson’s poetry and humor blog, Nickers and Ink.

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  1. nice 55. every time i hit post a small piece of my heart is laid bare for appreciation or critique....keep spinning that yarn!

    mine is up!

  2. Not only do you meet the task
    In your wit, and words, and wisdom, I love to bask!
    Wonderful 55 Linda...
    You Rock The Entire Equestrian World....G
    Have a Great Week-End...G

  3. WE dragons liked your poem. It is so much better than what we can do.

  4. Loved your flash 55. I don't remember seeing you on the 55's list before Just asking I'll go ahead and welcome you to flash 55. I look forward to reading you again. Mines up you'll find the link below.


  5. What's the difference between a successful book and an unsuccessful book? I've working in publishing, and I haven't a clue!



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