By Cheryl Owen-Wilson
T is for the thousands of words pulled from deep within your gut.
H is for the few hundred to make the final cut.
A is for the armor you must don through each and every edit.
N is for the nerves of steel required to re-submit it.
K is for the knowledge your writing tribe of friends freely impart.
S is for the spark of an idea, and knowing where to start.
G is for grinding through the muddle of the middle.
I is for the intuition of knowing what to leave, and what to whittle.
V is for the humble verb that alone will make your story speak.
I is for the inspiration that at times plays hide and seek.
N is for the final novel you, and you alone did create, and pursue.
And the final…
G is for the immense gratitude of readers, and their very positive review.