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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: The Writer's Life (05/13/10)

TITLE: The Writer
By T. F. Chezum


The Writer

Once upon a night of writing, under insufficient lighting,
thoughts and subjects unexciting rattled through my empty head.
Woeful of ideas lacking, feeling pain from my brain racking,
gooey nachos I was snacking while my writhing brain went dead.
Cheese and chips that I was smacking made my aching brain go dead.
Wishing I could go to bed.

To the story I was tending, with the deadline that was pending
and the sound of pages rending, frenzy quickly turned to dread.
Every sentence that I scribbled caused my muse to start a quibble.
Just a drop of cheese I dribbled while my bleary eyes turned red.
One more bite I had to nibble - my exhausted eyes were red.
Playing with a spool of thread.

Searching for some inspiration for the looming presentation
endless hours of sheer frustration – sanity had finally fled.
Then my pen began to doodle something that looked like a poodle.
“I think I have slipped my noodle,” jokingly I grinned and said.
“Back to work on the caboodle,” so reluctantly I said.
Thinking I should plod ahead.

‘Nother round of frenzied feeding. It was sausage I was eating.
Soon my stomach was repeating and my brain was going dead.
So I tried to keep on writing, ‘twas my brain that I was fighting
for that concept so inviting staying locked within my head.
Surely something was igniting deep inside my cloudy head,
if my muse was not misled

Then I started feeling tired. Drank some coffee to get wired,
but my mind was far too mired for my sparse thoughts to embed.
Once again, with focus drifting, on my tuckus I was shifting
watching kitty madly sifting through her kitty-litter bed.
Kicking, digging, flipping, twisting in her messy litter bed.
I forgot to take my meds

Hoping for a good suggestion, I sought answers to the question
how to battle indigestion from day old pimento spread.
On the web I started playing, hours of work I was delaying;
could not keep my mind from straying from the task that lied ahead.
One more round of dragon slaying, then to do the task ahead,
knowing I should write, instead.

Suddenly some motivation for my writing constipation.
Flowing lines of bloviation echoed loudly in my head.
In a flash it was completed, just when I felt so defeated.
Slice of pizza I reheated – really chewy like a tread.
Kitty purred when I was greeted – being careful where I tread.
Toasted up a slice of bread.

So I typed it up all pretty, feeling absolutely giddy
‘bout my effort, oh so witty – as my silly laughter spread.
Emailed it still feeling hyper. Sweat drops from my brow I wipe-oh,
didn’t think there’d be a typo found within when I reread.
I turned into a big griper after my work I reread.
Getting swallowed up by dread

To my den my wife did hurry. Like a hamster she would scurry,
looking like her eyes were blurry caused by springing out of bed.
“What is wrong? I heard your chatter. Makes me madder than a hatter
when you torture your gray matter,” chidingly she scowled and said.
Off’ring her the hot wing platter, affably I turned and said,
“I love this writer’s life I’ve led.”

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Robyn Burke05/20/10
Clap! Clap! Clap! That is the sound of this reader applauding! Very clever, I enjoyed the meter.
Verna Cole Mitchell 05/20/10
Eat your heart out, Mr. Poe--you've been bested. This is delightful!
Beth LaBuff 05/20/10
This is LOL funny. Love the "I forgot to take my meds." This is such a difficult rhyme scheme to master and you excelled! LOVE this!
Francy Judge 05/23/10
This is excellent. So creative and funny.
Linda Germain 05/23/10
This is so spot on...makes me think a little chewy pizza and old pimento spread might just be the secret formula. :0) Very cute~
Connie Dixon05/23/10
So many great lines - great flow. Brilliant in my book. Really loved it.
Patricia Turner05/23/10
I love the frantic feel of the meter of this, racing toward a deadline - terrific!
Phee Paradise 05/23/10
I love it.
Maria Egilsson05/23/10
BusBoss, the frantic pace of this suits the "hamster in the cage". Funny, engaging. Interesting meter and rhyme.
Gregory Kane05/23/10
I think you've just given me stomachache...
Thanks for having some fun and sharing it with us
Lyn Churchyard05/24/10
As soon as I started reading, I thought I've read this before LOL then realised why I thought that. Brilliant, absolutely brilliant.
Timothy Klingerman05/24/10
You ate all that in one night? Very nice. Enjoyed it!
AnneRene' Capp05/24/10
Completely entertaining! I like humorous and this did it for me with quite a few lol moments.
Chely Roach05/24/10
I can completely relate to stuffing my face while writing, and the line about forgetting your meds made my literally laugh out loud...super fun!
Rachel Phelps05/24/10
AWESOME! Absolutely great creativity and humor.
Susan Montaperto05/24/10
This was very entertaining. I loved how you were inspired by Edgar Allen Poe.
Keep writing.
Joanna Stricker05/24/10
Oh, the fun (lol, groan). You do a good job of describing the torture of being a writer. (And I can imagine...the next morning's torture from eating all that junk food).
Mona Purvis05/24/10
You devoured the topic with this delightful piece. Love it truly! So creative and yet so revealing of the writer?

Carol Penhorwood 05/25/10
"Writing constipation? Never heard it put that way before! LOL
Ann Grover05/26/10

(I thought I was the only one who snacked while writing. I've traded snacking off for household chores, though. Vacuum, write something, fold a load, ruminate, write, dust, write, water plants. Much easier on the waistline.)
Kate Oliver Webb 05/26/10
I simply must join your long line of fans. What a GREAT entry!! Laughed, held my stomach, re-read, laughed some more. You covered the topic brilliantly, and made it incredibly fun. I'm in awe, and not a little envious of that talent.
Marita Thelander 05/26/10
Suddenly some motivation for my writing constipation.
A FW friend used this term just yesterday. Cracked me up when I saw it.

I stumbled in a couple places. Probably not your fault, but I lost the pace a time or two. Could have been something shiny that distracted me. After reading entries this week, I wonder fist: how many of us are ADD/ADHD? And how many of us "take meds" (for who knows what) and forget?
Margaret Kearley 05/27/10
Absolutely brilliant. What a fantastic meter. Surely this is a winner.