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Develop insomnia. Develop
problems with substance abuse,
nothing serious, but enough
that I can say “write drunk,
edit sober” and mean it.
Drink tea. Write about drinking
tea. Take up smoking, ignore
the thoughts about it being
a slower suicide. Write about
suicide. Don’t mean it.
Write about sunsets and
ink veins. Mean it.

Fall in love with someone
who will never love me back.
Lament. Write a million
crappy poems and two good
ones. Never show him.
Move on. Write a few more
bad poems. Fall in love with
someone perfect. Screw it up.
Fall in love with someone awful.
Call him perfect. Screw it up.

Cry. Cry for the inevitable,
the way my family never
loved me right, the way my
first kiss was regrettable
at best, the way my therapist
says my depression is a demon
taking over me. Cry for the
changeable, the way
I hate my body and my writing
and everything I live to be.

Use clichés. Live clichés,
breathe clichés, be
a cliché. Write a poem
about how much I hate
clichés. Don’t mean it.

Acquire talents for:
narcissism, eloquence,
self-aggrandizement, denial,
and holding my liquor. Write
about places I’ve never been
and people I’ve never known
because I dreamt about it
once, and it felt real,

talk about depression.
Talk about anxiety.
Talk about love and
other drugs, use the word
fuck at least ten times.
Talk about the emptiness
inside of me and all
the things I tried
to fill it up with;

become a writer, instead.
I think it would be really fantastic if a lot of people could write a poem like this with their own ideas about being a writer and use a similar title so I could read them all and fall in love with them (hinthintHINT)

also because I love ~ChloroformBoy's style
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ECHORIVER6450 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Hi~ echoriver6450.deviantart.com/a…



Thank you this was very fun to write
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fableweaver55 Featured By Owner Edited Feb 10, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Hello Maddie! Your work has been featured here: fableweaver55.deviantart.com/j…
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Blue-Plaid-PJs Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014  Student General Artist
To take you up on the challenge: fav.me/d7ydxfi

I hope you like it.
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GeorgiaFern Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014  Student Writer
I love the fact people are still taking up your challenge <3 
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intricately-ordinary Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
me too :love:
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SurrealCachinnation Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014   Writer
Fall in love with someone awful.
Call him perfect.  Screw it up.


I went through that stage, too.  It was unpleasant and completely necessary.
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intricately-ordinary Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
<3
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PhoenixHeart902 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I`m loving your poems :)
*Saved to my favourites
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intricately-ordinary Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
thank you!
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PhoenixHeart902 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You`re welcome :)
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wannabeliterate Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Have you succeded so far?
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intricately-ordinary Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
mostly
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PhoenixOfWinterfell Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014  Student Writer
Love the poem and love the idea :D (by the way, thanks for the inspiration. I found this style really addicting. phoenixofwinterfell.deviantart… )
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chasingcloudbursts Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Student General Artist
Thank you for the inspiration! Here you go: Before I Can Become a Writer 
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Kizin-of-kaplumba Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Bit dark but here you are
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Liljoja Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
i love this!
writing about writing is the best thing xD
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Mercury-the-Queen Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014
This is so beautiful that it broke through the writer's block I've had for so long... I love it. Here, this poem was inspired by you. My own version of "Before I Can Become a Writer." 

Thank you for inspiring me to write again. :heart: 

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Fate4Destiny Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Student Writer
Couldn't follow your style and I decided just to have fun with it

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DaDemonicArtist Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
totally love this peom


i know it's been two months buuuut yea. lol



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somebodi-else Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist

This is the first poem of clichés that I have read that makes me love them a little bit more. so I gave it a try. took me a few hours. then a few hours more. then I scrapped it and made it honestly. so tell me what you think.

somebodi-else.deviantart.com/a…

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DetoxingDeath Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013
''Use the word fuck at least ten times" I'm not sure why but that made me chuckle. I really really liked this. You can thank haphazardmelody for bringing me here!
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nightshade-keyblade Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Don't know how I'm gonna top this one, not that I want to top it, but...you know. 
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RiseandBe Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Well.
I was thinking about trying this, but I'm afraid it would just be a less eloquent version of yours. It's amazing how familiar this is.
And beautiful.
And brave.

I might try it anyways. We'll see.
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AyeAye12 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013  Student Writer
Dunno if it really "follows" your format as such (and I had the idea before seeing this) but I made this a bit ago; fav.me/d6q6pis
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intricately-ordinary Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
:heart:
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calvincooledge Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
This poem made me laugh, i don't know if it was supposed too, but i love it. This poem is very similar to the songs of my favorite band Get set go. Their lyrics are mellow,but the melody is upbeat. I'm going to add you to my watch list too.   
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intricately-ordinary Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
thank you very much <3
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SnowOctober Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist

May I just say that I hope you bother reading this comment:

 

This is an OUTSTANDINGLY BEAUTIFUL piece of work. It is a cliché within itself, and it's absolutely perfect to fit the stereotypical writer. But isn't it all true? The drugs and drinking and tea and insomnia and crappy poems and falling in love with a million times just to call the wrong one perfect?

 

You, friend, are VERY talented. I'm am incredibly inspired by this poem. Thank you.

 

Please keep writing.

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intricately-ordinary Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Of course I'd read your comment, especially one as lovely as this :heart: My hope was to point out the cliches every writer builds themselves upon and try and show how we really are composed of them. I'm so happy you got that and even more that you were inspired. Thank you so much :heart:
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SnowOctober Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're more than welcome! It's a very impressive piece, and you're very talented. :D
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Perfling Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013  Student General Artist
Had to carve out time, and finally wrote something experimental for this: fav.me/d6rdmf3 Was worth a shot.
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intricately-ordinary Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
:heart:
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Canis44 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013  Student Writer
If there was never such a thing as unrequited love, half of the poetry within the English canon of literature would not exist. LOL :lmao:

Check out this lecture by Nick Mount, an English prof from Toronto university. www.youtube.com/watch?v=yEZ6pC…
He gives a hilarious discourse on the lyric poem and why people write them. lol
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intricately-ordinary Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
ahaha, agreed. can't wait to look at that lecture. thank you!
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Naktarra Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013   Writer
There seems to be a chain of these wonderful poems around and it kinda makes me want to write one too. 
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intricately-ordinary Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I started a trend :dummy:
yes, you should  
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Naktarra Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013   Writer
Ah, I'll keep it in mind then. I have a project and I need some good ideas for poetry. I might merge this with another idea I have.

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Carmalain7 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013
It took me a good week, but I finished one for you: carmalain7.deviantart.com/art/…

Writing about myself is so difficult, it's like I'm applying to colleges all over again, haha. Horrible poetry aside, I really appreciate YOUR piece and you gotta love the emotions such brave honesty brings - and look, everyone else is sharing too and it's like all of Literature is giving each other support for who they are and why they write! Too delightful.
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intricately-ordinary Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
*beautiful poetry
I know! I'm so happy that everyone got into it, everyone is writing about their experiences and what they think being a writer is and it's so lovely
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Carmalain7 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013
Ah, thank you, typos are the worst and you're too kind. I'm so bad about invoking emotion or being raw though, I really did try because of the nature of all the pieces here I had been reading, but shoot mans y'all are just in a whole 'nother league while I'm stuck here doing the same old same old because all I ever taught myself was how to play small ball. There's just something so beautiful about this though and reading through all the pieces was an existential trip and I feel too privileged to be somewhere where all of these piece came to: a true focal point of perception. It's all too beautiful and overwhelming, you know.
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intricately-ordinary Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
rawness is just reality, really. the ability to create a portrait out of words, a new world, something beautiful, is what you have-- don't ever dismiss that. it's hardly small ball, just a different playing field. I like yours a lot more than my own because of the images and feelings it creates. But I agree, it's been wonderful watching all these pieces come together.
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Carmalain7 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013
See, to speak to that, this is one of the first entirely non-fiction pieces I think I've ever written, but no one could ever describe it as being emotionally raw or even appearing to be non-fiction in some instances, haha. So yeah, I think it goes far beyond reality, y'all have a gift that you ascribe to writing about life experiences, but I truly believe it goes deeper than that. Y'all are breaking down barriers to the point where someone who might not even be able to relate to the experiences can still exist in the piece with you. That's crazy.
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intricately-ordinary Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I never have seen it put that eloquently. Thank you so much for your kindness, but I really think it's a talent to be able to write something nonfiction and have it sound so ephemeral and beautiful and create such distinct memories for the reader which they may not have already had. That is crazy.
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Carmalain7 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013
We're both crazy, and this is a crazy world in which we agree to accept each other so long as we don't accept ourselves. =D
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xXDangerousPieXx Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Student Interface Designer
Really love this. 
I have not read something this good for a long time.
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intricately-ordinary Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
you're too sweet!
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Asahi-sensei Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
oh god. 

you're gonna have plenty of reading for the next few weeks then ^^
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intricately-ordinary Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
i sure hope so
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Asahi-sensei Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
^^
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blubbityblub Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
you've started a movement.
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