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Writing - The Seven Ages of Write

I don't know if I'm feeling nostalgic. And if I do, it's all Michael Scott's fault cheeky.

Er - Michael Scott?

Yes. Michael Scott. On Twitter today, he posted a reminder that it was in fact on this date, in 1843, that Charles Dickens' 'A Christmas Carol' was first published. Something that one day would make Alastair Sim and a large number of other people (including me laugh) very happy. But it got me thinking. And nostalgic. And so, a break from our usual programming. It's Shakespeare, Cap'n! But not as we learned it....

With apologies to the Beard of Avon - The Seven Ages of Writing.


All the world’s a book
And many men and women seek to write it
They have their prologues and their chapter lists
And one hand in its time makes many marks
Each hand hath seven ages. At first the newbie
Scribbled and scratching in some midnight hour
Then, the hopeful setting of first Query
Some jumbled, cluttered prose to Agent sent
In fulsome confidence. And then dejected
Receives Rejection, cruel unloving answer
Most often simply Form page. Then, still stubborn
New Queries made, Synopsis laboured hard
Not one but many, set to submission guidelines
Seeking the prize, representation,
Even in Rejection’s face. And then the winning
Some Agent gaining, with wordy contract bound
New published, store shelves heavy with new book
And new bold wit for those still Querying
Then so, now Author made, the sixth age shifts
Into the wise and worthy one of words
With long backlist to name, and movie deal
That old first Query now some thing of pride
And sold at auction for some goodly price
Turning again to books once set aside
Form Reject once, now sought by all
Then on to the last chapter each must go
When each must fade, an old forgotten scribe
Sans words, sans fire, sans dreams – sans everything


Elizabeth Maginnis's picture

Thank you for sharing, Graeme. Love this!

Graeme's picture

If it brought but one moment of smile, wise lady, it was worthy of it's pen .

I guess we've sort of come full circle. After all, Shakespeare started out, in a way, as self published. Later he got a publishing deal .

Kelly Hashway's picture

How about that? A Christmas Carol's birthday. Very cool. Love your Seven Ages of Writing, Graeme. And congrats on your book. I'm looking forward to it.

Graeme's picture

Well, I can't claim credit for knowing - or noticing - it was the Carol's birthday. That's all down to the good Lord Scott. But I'll lay claim to the poesy if it's bad, and set the credit to the Beard if it hath any merit... blush.

Cheryl D's picture

So true, so true, Graeme! Lovely rendition! Wish all of us writers were at the end of our journey!


I guess I'm one of the few people in the world who abhor A Christmas Carol. In fact, I abhor Dickens. But then I read for entertainment, not enrichment.

Graeme's picture

Well, for me, Christmas is mostly two weeks I normally book for vacation. There's more public holidays, so less vacation days needed. As for a Xmas Carol, I never did say if I was Ebeneezer after the ghosts - or maybe before. Bah! Sugar-free gobstoppers! (Heh - pity the diabetic at Xmas - or Easter sad).

Cyrus Keith's picture

Rot own, brutha frumanutha mutha.

The bard doth speak yet, in turns of phrase

bearing wit and candor,

truth and grace.


May I quote this in my pubs workshop at EPICON?

Graeme's picture

Wise one, if it hath merit to thy wisdom, and purpose to thy need, feel free to do with it as ye will smiley.

Er - to put it more formally: quote away if it pleases. Consider this a copyright exemption if you want one. And feel free to send anyone this way to be so incredibly impressed with the Prologue to 'A Comedy of Terrors' that they all want to buy 99999999999999999 copies each on Release Day cheeky.

I jest. But not about the 'feel free' thing. The honour is mine entire blush.

Gail Branan's picture

Ah, so true!  And mayhap will come to pass for all of us  'err the ending of our journeys and the setting of the sun! 

Graeme's picture

Heh. The devil's bargain, no? Give us the success,and we'll take the fade into obscurity? After all, at least then we fade, rather than simply ever being obscure to begin with cheeky.

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