December Form Challenge 2013, Poetry
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Day One: An Epistle

Dear Novels Which Lie Incomplete.


Do not hate me if a cannibalize a chapter or two

to finish something else.

It’s not that you’re not good enough,

but those chapters are the best of you

and the rest would have been lost to edits anyway.


I have not forgotten you.

No matter how surprised I may act

when your manuscript turns up dusty

and freshly unearthed from the space

beneath spare beds

or cupboards where the hinges have rusted.

I always knew you were there.


I will eventually,

place one of you on a shelf

and say this was my first.

Then the rest of you can wait

for a time when my pen finds enough ink

to get you from notes and character sheets

to the publishers print.

Written for December Form ChallengeWritten for December Form Challenge

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Carol Forrester is a twenty-four year old writer trying to be a better one. Don’t ask her what her hobbies are because the list doesn’t get much beyond, reading, writing and talking about the same. She has a 2:1 BA degree in history from Bath Spa University and various poems and stories scattered across the net. Her flash fiction story ‘Glorious Silence’ was named as River Ram Press’ short story of the month for August 2014 and her short story ‘A Visit From The Fortune Teller’ has been showcased on the literary site Ink Pantry’s. Most recently, her poem ‘Sunsets’ was featured on Eyes Plus Words, and her personal blog Writing and Works hosts a mass of writing from across the last five years. She has been lucky enough to write guest posts for sites such as Inky Tavern and Song of The Forlorn and is always open to writing more and hosting guest bloggers here on Writing and Works. With hopes of publishing a novel in the next five years and perhaps a collection or two of smaller works, Carol Forrester is nothing if not ambitious. Her writing tries to cover every theme in human life and a lot of her work pulls inspiration from her own eccentric family in the rural wonders of Shropshire life.


  1. jacksonzombie says

    This made me smile and think lovingly of all my yet unfinished masterpieces.

  2. autorediessere says

    I really adore this. My favorite line “for a time when my pen finds enough ink”. It’s a pleasure to read your writing — keep up the great work.

    – Autore

  3. Your poem really spoke out to me! Now I’m going to go give some of my unfinished manuscripts a looksie just because of this. :)

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