What a Writer Wants: A Poem of Writers' Inspiration

A writer's words can be as beautiful or as prickly as this bush. Inspiration is what a writer wants.
A writer's words can be as beautiful or as prickly as this bush. Inspiration is what a writer wants. | Source

A Poem of Inspiration for Writers

Writers are funny creatures. Just what do writers want? They seem to like to eat, have shelter and enjoy life, just like everyone else, but the truth is they are not like everyone else. Writers have been given a gift. And when some writers accept that gift, this mysterious talent, the passion is so strong, the calling so profound, they will sometimes forego all the creature comforts to have their voice heard - to give shape and substance to their thoughts and imagination. Inspiration is what feeds their souls and keeps them alive. Inspiration is what a writer wants, what a writer craves. When inspiration hits, it is relentless and the results can be astounding.

Those are the writers - young, old, black, white, yellow, brown - who don't stop, can't stop, won't stop WRITING!


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What a Writer Wants


A writer wants the words to fall

on the paper like drops of spring rain.


A writer wants the world to feel the heroine's joy

or experience the hero's pain.


A writer wants characters who come to life

Embracing struggles and conquering strife.


A writer wants readers to lose track of time

and race through the pages to reach that last line.


A writer wants to be understood

By the Wall Street Executive or the guys in the 'hood.


A writer wants to be remembered for the prose,

For work that admirers will defend even from the fiercest of foes.


The life of the writer is filled with thoughts spinning with no relief,

As they struggle with expressions so intense and sometimes too brief.


What a writer wants is immortality and the will

To write and write and write and, oh yes, to sometimes pay the bills.




Copyright 2011 Cynthia Turner


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

Up and beautiful votes on this poem of yours. It is fun to see one's work in print and even better when it can pay a few bills. As to the immortality part of it, there are a few people who make it into that category. The Bronte sisters, Poe, Jack London, Frost and many others including some modern day writers who will make that list.


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SidKemp 4 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach)

Thanks, Cyndi, thank you for understanding - just the inspiration I need as I finish breaking through my writer's block.


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Cyndi10 4 years ago from Georgia Author

Hi Peggy, Thank you so much for reading and taking the time to comment. Here's hoping you make the list, too.


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Cyndi10 4 years ago from Georgia Author

I'm so happy to be a part of your breakthrough. Believe me, your kind words are my inspiration!!!. Thank you so much.


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Enigmatic Me 4 years ago from East Coast Canada

Oh so true... To will the words to appear when they can't seem to reveal themselves is the ultimate want!


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xstatic 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

Great inspirational poem with that funny reality twist at the end. Those dratted bills!


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Cyndi10 4 years ago from Georgia Author

@Enigmatic, Thank you for taking the time to comment. You are so right about the writing struggle we can sometimes experience.


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Cyndi10 4 years ago from Georgia Author

Xstatic, Yes, unfortunately that reality is always lurking. Thanks for reading and leaving a comment.


Levi Byrd 4 years ago

Hi Cyndi!

You are obviously a great writer because you just wrote a great Hub piece.


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Cyndi......Perfect.. I love this. You have done an amazing job of speaking for all writers.......it's true, it's real, it's sweet and it is US!! Thank you. Have a memorable Thanksgiving....Peace..........UP++++


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BlossomSB 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

To pay the bills, indeed! It would be good. Unfortunately, we writers often have so many interesting thoughts buzzing around in our heads that we can forget the need for keeping at least one foot on solid ground. Thank you for a great hub.


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Cyndi10 4 years ago from Georgia Author

Thanks for the great comment.


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Cyndi10 4 years ago from Georgia Author

Thanks so much for the positive feedback. I also hope you have a fantastic Thanksgiving. Take care.


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Cyndi10 4 years ago from Georgia Author

I know, right. Paying the bills would be great. Staying grounded is sometimes a problem though. Thanks for taking the time to comment. Take care!


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

Cyndi what a creative writer you are.. voted up and creative ..


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Cyndi10 4 years ago from Georgia Author

Thanks so much, Frank! Have a great, creative day.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Voted up. A very clever poem. Nicely said.


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Cyndi10 4 years ago from Georgia Author

Hi, Thank you for taking the time to read What a Writer Wants and voting it up! Take care.


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DayLeeWriter 4 years ago from Georgia

Love this expressed so beautiful...write on! I'll be following!!!


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Cyndi10 4 years ago from Georgia Author

Hi DayLeeWriter, Thank you so much. Right back at you!


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epigramman 3 years ago

Hello Cynthia and a very Merry Christmas to you and your family and I am also sending you warm wishes for your health,happiness and prosperity in the new year from lake erie time 10:51pm ontario canada and yes I do love this hub presentation very much - the introduction which set up the tone and your theme so nicely and your poetic ode which follows with a nod to reality over fantasy.


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Cyndi10 3 years ago from Georgia Author

As always, I'm excited when you read something I have written and you like it. Thank you so much. Merry, Merry Christmas and the brightest of New Years!


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida

For sure, the writer " is filled with thoughts spinning with no relief"...and a passion for to create those combinations of words that others will find themselves engaged by and involved with...perhaps as much as the writer who put them on paper...

Well done... :) ps


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Cyndi10 3 years ago from Georgia Author

if we don't get those words, those ideas or those characters out, they can consume the space in our brains like fire consuming the oxygen in the air. We can only hope that our words resonate with others in some way. Thanks so much for leaving a comment.


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andromida 3 years ago

You have covered almost everything that a writer want.I think every writer has a strong desire to spread his version of values and love for humanity through his writing.Thoroughly enjoyed your hub.Thank you so much.


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Cyndi10 3 years ago from Georgia Author

Hello andromida, Thanks for taking a look and leaving a comment.


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epigramman 3 years ago

....back to revisit a classic , Cynthia, by you and I really love this piece - it really got to me and made me think in a very inspiring way - so thank you once again for writing this and I sit here on this Sunday afternoon with a spring like thaw in January sending you warm wishes and good energy from lake erie time ontario canada 2:01pm


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Cyndi10 3 years ago from Georgia Author

Hi Colin, Thanks so much for the revisit. I always look forward to visits from you. Your comments go a long way to keep me writing. Thank you so much for being that inspiration.

I'm so glad you are experiencing a thaw as well. We are 20 degrees above our usual temp. which, admittedly, doesn't hold a candle to lows you have up there.

Take care and enjoy the rest of your Sunday!


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York

This was so great...written by a true writer! All the things we'd love to have and see, but then...reality. You have a knack and light touch that is so enjoyable to read.

Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.


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Cyndi10 3 years ago from Georgia Author

Hello tillsontitan, I appreciate the kind words. I can only hope that anyone who reads what I have written will be either informed, moved or entertained. Thank you so much for finding What a Writer Wants enjoyable enough to vote and leave a comment. Take care.


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Jlbowden 3 years ago from Long Island, New York

Hello Cyndi;

Really enjoyed your poem about the life of the writer. You said it in a nutshell, when you mention the writer as being a funny creature. I believe this to be very true, besides the fact, that they are truly unique to the variety of content that they create.

Just like you did here with this very interesting poem, which I also voted to be awesome in my book. Thanks for providing a great read, to help many of us overcome cabin fever, due to a less then forgiving winter! You certainly have a god given talent for poetry as well. See you around the community.

Jl


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Cyndi10 3 years ago from Georgia Author

Hi JI, I appreciate your positive feedback about What a Writer Wants. A very unique group indeed. It carries a certain mystic when you mention to others that you are a writer. They may not realize what we go through to get our content and ideas out.

Thank you so much for the vote. Take care.


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida

Awesome. To write and write and write...and to pay the bills :) love it.

Thanks for sharing this...you said it so well.

Sending Angels your way this evening :) ps


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Cyndi10 3 years ago from Georgia Author

Thank you so much for your kind words and for sending Angels my way. Take good care!


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Meher Yar Khan 3 years ago from Pakistan

A writer wants characters who come to life... This line is sooooo true you can't imagine! :P hahaha

Thanks for telling the world a little about us :P


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Cyndi10 3 years ago from Georgia Author

Hi, And thank you for reading, relating and approving what I wrote. Writers are definitely a special group. Writers see things aren't there and make it real. Take care and stay creative!


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tillsontitan 24 months ago from New York

How true! Each word you penned relates to us all. The inspiration we all want and crave. Of course your ending is just as appropriate. Wouldn't it be nice to be so inspired that we wrote a work so wonderful we became KNOWN writers who could pay the bills?

Voted up, awesome, beautiful, and interesting.


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Frank Atanacio 24 months ago from Shelton

Cyndi what a creative writer you are.. voted up and creative ... didn't i say this two years ago? LOL


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Cyndi10 24 months ago from Georgia Author

tillsontitan, yes I think we all want our writing to touch so many that we are really known outside our circle. One word at a time! Take care and have a creative day.


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Cyndi10 24 months ago from Georgia Author

Hi Frank, she says with a Southern drawl :-). Thanks for checking it out .... again. Return visits are always ok. Now, let me see what you have waiting for us today. Take care!

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