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…an Author’s version of ‘IF’… with acknowledgements to Rudyard Kipling…

Seumas Gallacher

‘IF’ FOR WRITERS

If you can use your Mac when all about you

Is Starbucks’ noise and din;

If you can get it on the page,

Then you’re on your way to win;

A first draft, then a second,

And edit as you go,

With no adverbs, ‘ands’ or ‘buts’,

Just let the phrasing flow;

If you can visualise-and not be too distracted;

If you can make the plot arc strong,

No editorial triumph nor disaster

With sentence, short or long;

If you can read a bad review,

And not cry nor sob nor weep,

Then throw it in the bin;

For sure, you’ve earned your sleep;

If you can take rejection slips

And make a pile a mountain high;

Then start again on query letters,

With not a single, doleful sigh;

If you can read your novels’ rankings

And accept them,  high or low

With a massive pinch of…

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About The Owl Lady

Viv Drewa is a Michigan native who has enjoyed reading and writing since 1963. Though she studied medicinal chemistry at the University of Michigan, her passion has always been writing. She had been awarded third place for her nonfiction short story about her grandfather's escape from Poland. Later, she rewrote this story and was published in the "Polish American Journal" as "From the Pages of Grandfather's Life" and has republished it on Amazon.com as a short story. Viv took creative and journalism courses to help in her transition to fulfill her dream of becoming a writer. She worked as an intern for Port Huron's 'The Times Herald", and also wrote, edited and did the layout or the Blue Water Multiple Sclerosis newsletter "Thumb Prints." She also has a business promoting authors. Owl and Pussycat Book Promotions. Viv, her husband Bob and their cat Princess, live in Fort Gratiot, Michigan.

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