Wasted Away Again in Novel-Writer-Ville

Posted by: Birgitte  :  Category: Inspiration

With apologies to Jimmy. If he needs me to deal with copyright stuff I will. Hey Jimmy, call me, babe!

Here we go!

“Wasted Away Again in Writer-Novel-Ville”

Cursin’ my page breaks,
Hoping to raise stakes;
All of those subplots falling apart.

Strummin’ my iMac,
workin on flashback.
Wait just a sec now
I need to restart.

Wasted away again in Novel-writer-ville,
Searchin’ for my lost character vault.
Some people claim that there’s a plotline to blame,
But I know it’s a point-of-view fault.

Don’t know the reason,
Can’t find the scene spin
Nothing to show but these two-hundred words.
But I’ve got some conflict,
A setting to depict—where I go now
I haven’t a clue.

Wasted away again in Novel-writer-ville,
Need a good antagonist assault.
Some people claim that there’s a Maass-ter to blame,
Now I think — hell it’s Jack Bickam’s fault.

I blew out my first plot,
cuz it wasn’t worth squat,
Cut out collisions, they were all wrong.
But I still can’t surrender,
A hero to render
will save all these pages and help me hang on.

Wasted away again in Novel-writer-ville
Searchin’ for my high-tension gestalt.
Some people claim that there’s a sequel to blame,
But I know, it’s my own damn fault.
Yes, and—some people claim that there’s a novel to blame
But I know it’s my own damn fault!

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12 Responses to “Wasted Away Again in Novel-Writer-Ville”

  1. claudine Says:

    You da bomb!!!!
    That’s pretty darned amazing. And true, too.

  2. claudine Says:

    PS. I mean it’s true that those are the universal things we struggle with as writers, of course. Not the bad stuff you said about your previous plot etc.
    Sheesh. Where’s the delete button when I need it?
    Loved the song.

  3. Birgitte Says:

    Twitter: necessarywriter
    Thanks, Claudine! That was my intent, to showcase those things I struggle with daily. Think I wrote this after my first Donald Maass workshop. LOL

  4. Lia Keyes Says:

    Twitter: liakeyes
    This is bloody amazing! I find it hard enough to put my struggles into words as it is, without trying to make it fit the music of a song, and rhyme, and make sense, too! You blow me away!
    .-= Lia Keyes´s last blog ..SCBWI Summer Conference Report- Graphic Novels =-.

  5. Lauri Says:

    Very fun, and too true!

  6. Birgitte Says:

    Twitter: necessarywriter
    Thanks, so much! It was really fun to write. Especially thinking about what I struggle with in writing, and then making it rhyme to those lyrics. LOL.

  7. Lorin Says:

    Love it to death, ‘gitte!! Should be the Breakout Novel anthem.

  8. Birgitte Says:

    Twitter: necessarywriter
    Thanks, Lorin! It was waaay too much fun to write! A nice little procrastination jaunt from, you know…ahem…the “novel.”

  9. Rachna Chhabria Says:

    Hi Birgitte…lovely song and absolutely true. It sums up our (writers’) mood and attitude perfectly. I read it twice..will read it once more.

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