In honor of NaNoWriMo, I offer this poem. The word count for NaNoWriMo is 50,000.
How to Write a Novel over the Weekend
“On average a novel needs to be 70,000 words.”
Do all 70,000 need to be good words
or can we throw in some angry ones,
a few disobedient ones
to fill out the final pages,
the last moments of the novel.
Who dictates how many words an adventure,
should possess to be
Are we following some ancient rhythm
something chipped in stone?
Who declared first –
the king needs to be entertained
for exactly an hour and a half.
the precise time it take to digest the mutton.
Then you, my minstrel friend
Do not run over the allotted time – the king is easily bored
and will cut off a necessary body part
for every extra ten minutes
Now that was incentive
Today it’s not the king
it’s the Man
and he says,
in New York the entertainment
has to be 90 minutes
anything more, a couple of stanzas
will result in overage
and you have to gnaw off necessary body parts
Do you want to publish or not?
For this manuscript we need
30 more pages
So should all the extra words be angry
hungry, or about a king?
From Ammonia Sunrise, available on Amazon.