Radhika's Diaries

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You think in order to write a book,
we simply string words together?
Then we can sit back with a glass of wine
and call ourselves an author?

No Sir, first we need an idea,
which can sometimes be faint and fleeting.
We need to catch it and give it shape
before it shrinks and starts retreating.

Whether it’s for me or for Sidney Sheldon,
an idea can come out of the blue.
We could be in bed, in the bus or shower
or sometimes when we’re in the loo!

Before we flush the idea down the drain
we shout ‘Eureka’ and rush out of our bath,
Words and phrases pouring out of our mind,
to give shape to our initial draft.

From draft to book there are several steps
and boy, they can be pretty daunting.
before it becomes the final manuscript,
there’s editing, editing and more editing.

Finally our book is out in the world,
But there’s no time for cheers and high fives,
You see, we need to get up off our ****,
and market that book for the rest of our lives!

We dream, think, talk and walk our book,
sometimes it’s an overdose maybe,
Do bear with us, we’re like a new mother
who never tires of talking of her baby.


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21 thoughts on “Draft to Book – a story in rhyme

  1. HappySoul says:

    Loved reading through this!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you so much! 😊😊

      Liked by 1 person

  2. soniadogra says:

    How sweet and absolutely true. It’s not an easy task. Loved the poem.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Haha Sonia Thank you 😊😊

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    2. Interesting article

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  3. Varsh says:

    I have ideas in the most peculiar places. Its so true that authors live and breathe their books!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Hahaha. That’s true. Ideas can come anytime anywhere. Thank yiu Varsh


  4. Jyoti Jha says:

    Very truly pointed out, Radhika! Living and breathing our books, and sometimes an overdose maybe 😊👌


  5. The journey from a draft to a published book so beautifully written ❤️


  6. Ruchi says:

    The troubled budding author and who other than our humorist Radhika to put it in words !! Absolutely brilliant and as always cheeky style of yours.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Hahaha! Ruchi. Thank you so much! 😍😄


  7. This is SO AMAZING! It brought such a big smile on my face. 😀


  8. Archana says:

    What a beautiful journey from mere writing to an author. Loved it!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you Archana. So glad you liked it!! 😊


  9. mominprocessnow says:

    Beautiful… Loved reading every word of it..

    Liked by 1 person

    1. So happy you liked it! 🤗
      Thank you so much.


  10. Amritha Srinath says:

    Thats a beautifully penned poem depicting the author’s love for books. I completely understand it. Outstanding.

    Liked by 1 person

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