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Write ten bad poems.

Write one hundred
bad poems.

Write profoundly.

Write and drink.

Keep a notebook with you,
write in public
and make sure that others
know that you are, in fact,
writing.

Write a love poem,
then throw it away
because all the good ones
have already been read.

Ignore advice,
write about the decision
instead of the feeling.

Write one sentence
-make indents,
say to yourself that
this is it, THIS is IT.

Then delete,
and tell yourself that again.
I don't know what to say. Written quickly, would like to hear the good and bad
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Cklovingston Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Student Writer
This is like giving me advice.
But it's called 'ignore advice,'
but this advice is so good to me,
that I can not simply ignore it.
I must take this in and apply it.
This is amazing,
this is just SIMPLY AMAZING.
Wait no, BEYOND AMAZING.
I love this, I love this so much.
Wow, you just made me think differently.
Thank you(:
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FallingAsleepTonight Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013   Writer
:)
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TheNascentBottleCap Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012
:) This is actually really good advice, lol. Not to mention the fact that it's well-written. I like it.
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FallingAsleepTonight Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012   Writer
Thanks!
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AzraNoxx Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Student Writer
As a poem, I'm not sure how to improve this one, as advise, I don't think it needs improving. Actually, I'm not sure there really is anything to fix.
The coda (is that the right word? maybe it's not), the two line verse at the end (oh, couplet), is a good ...I'm going to call it an ending twist. It takes the previous advice and twists it on its head without really removing the intention of the poem. ...That was a really obtuse way of saying what I'm trying to say. :( Ok, You have your ignore advice verses about going your own way, you instruct a writer to get really deep down in his or her writing and get really excited and declare "This is it" like the writer found the best thing ever. Then the ending couplet turns that inspiration on its head by telling the writer to just scrap everything he or she just worked so hard on. It works well, especially because sometimes that really is necessary.
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FallingAsleepTonight Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012   Writer
Thank you, it's basically a summary of what I know about writing, really :P
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AzraNoxx Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Student Writer
Yup. You're welcome.
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StitchedBrokenHeart Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
very point-full bada da da da im loven it haha for real though
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CesiousRain Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I like this. ^-^ ~
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FallingAsleepTonight Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012   Writer
I'm happy you do :)
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Opib Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
lol it's nice XD The indecisiveness of a writer
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FallingAsleepTonight Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012   Writer
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CherrySmoothie Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
And amen, man. Excellent.
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passing-grace Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Student General Artist
i like it. I write like that. I write all at once with no rhyme or reason so i appriciate this
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FallingAsleepTonight Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012   Writer
Great :)
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cleothecat Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Student General Artist
It feels rushed, but purposefully rushed. I think a little more context would have been nice; it feels like words on paper.
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FallingAsleepTonight Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012   Writer
Hmmm, I see what you mean
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cleothecat Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Student General Artist
But it also makes you think. I like it :)
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yukimi8 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
tips that every writer needs in order to become a gret writer :)
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FallingAsleepTonight Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012   Writer
:)
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CrematedMan Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Student Writer
The truth of the words make it what it is: very nice. Glad I watched.
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lalaith913 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012   Writer
So, so true. The only way writing ever improves or becomes more personal is if it is done again and again, always, no matter what.
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FallingAsleepTonight Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012   Writer
Mhmmm :)
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tatterdema1ion Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Student General Artist
I find this to be very accurate. I always find it hilarious because authors I don't particularly like give such detailed advice, but all my favorites just simply say: "Write or fail." It's nice to see something not filled with an egotistical view of the writer as something divine, something that doesn't make writing out to be more than it is-- one way to go about living and dealing with life. It really hit me. I liked the divides and the simplicity of it. Thank you so much for sharing. :)
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FallingAsleepTonight Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012   Writer
I agree; while art is wonderful and certainly very important in society, It's quite unpleasant when I hear artists talk as if they are angels dealing out divinity.
It really is how I look at writing too :)
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tatterdema1ion Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Student General Artist
Thank you for the expression of agreement. I don't mind other opinions, but it's nice to be able to share views once in a while. :)
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ghostwritergmk Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Nice job:)
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FallingAsleepTonight Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012   Writer
Thanks!
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XJNG Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I cackled at the last stanza. It just sounds so delightfully cynical.
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FallingAsleepTonight Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012   Writer
Hahahahaha, I know xD
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ResidentBrain Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
One of my friends and I frequently have mini-debates that run along something like this. I write for the heck of it. She cannot put a flippant word on the page. I love this piece because of that - I (not to assume I know exactly what you were thinking when you wrote it) feel like I get it. But don't throw it away. It's worth something, even if only to you.
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FallingAsleepTonight Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012   Writer
Thanks a bunch :)
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ResidentBrain Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
^_^
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tjatkings Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Do you like Bukowski? It reminds me of some of his work.. the emphasis about process and an acknowledgement of your own subjective position as author... its very nice. Very real. Encouraging too
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FallingAsleepTonight Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012   Writer
*Points to quote at bottom of all my posts* Yes, he's a personal favorite. And thank you, It's honestly how I learned how to write.
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tjatkings Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I see! i thought so. I am lazy and often don't look very far haha. You're welcome, it is a nice piece.
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EchoplexSermon Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for allowing this wonderful work into my group, I'm much ablidged.
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FallingAsleepTonight Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012   Writer
Sure thing :)
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KariTheVampireSlayer Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very thought provoking.
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FallingAsleepTonight Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012   Writer
Thank you
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JadeHawke Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012
I like it. It seems to convey the plain side to writing, rather than the artistic side. And honestly it makes me laugh a little. It really pinpoints some things I know about writing.
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FallingAsleepTonight Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012   Writer
Awesome! That makes me happy to hear
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kedonsine Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
"...Write a love poem,
then throw it away
because all the good ones
have already been read.
..." :iconawesomeplz:
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FallingAsleepTonight Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012   Writer
Hahahahaha :P
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indiana-w Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Student Writer
It sounds classic.
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KalineReine Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Professional Writer
Sounds a lot like me... :XD: Nice work. I like it.
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FallingAsleepTonight Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012   Writer
Thank you!
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KalineReine Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Professional Writer
You're welcome. <3
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ALLsoLiT Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Professional Writer
good job falliing asleep tonight. i liked this one alot. it;s hard to find good poetry when there's so much crap out there.
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FallingAsleepTonight Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012   Writer
Thank you, that's good to hear!
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