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How Do they Do It

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How Do they Do It

When sucked into a novel,
What I think, as I glide through it,
Is how, oh how, I’d love to ask,
How did the author do it?

Creating all the characters
And scenes, like someone drew it,
It’s hard to wrap my mind around – 
How did that writer do it?

The tricks within the story line,
The clues we’d not intuit,
Are so amazing I am stumped – 
However did she do it?

The finished product, like a gift,
When critics did review it,
Deserved each glowing accolade – 
Oh man, how did she do it?

If writers share a secret code,
I really wish I knew it,
‘Cause I would write a novel, too,
If I knew how to do it!


(I'm reading Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn)

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  1. Date: 1/22/2013 4:21:00 PM
    I think that they would like to know how you can write such words that flow. How in four lines you ring so sweet. With witty rhyme and a lovely beat. :)

  1. Date: 1/19/2013 10:05:00 AM
    me too. thank god someone can do it. great. love, Kathy

  1. Date: 1/19/2013 5:00:00 AM
    amazing poetry ilene,,, many questions here, write to the author, send this poem..tell gillian you enjoyed her book,, you could get an answer...

  1. Date: 1/18/2013 3:37:00 AM
    How do they do it? I wish I knew it too. What a beautifully written, witty poem by you. I absolutely love your work.

  1. Date: 1/17/2013 11:30:00 AM
    It would also I wish that I could do ...... tell me "code" the one who knows. - Well written, Ilene. - - oxox / / Anne-Lise :)