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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Inspiration/Block (for the writer) (05/20/10)

TITLE: So That's How It's Done!
By Kate Oliver Webb
05/25/10


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Thoughts tumbling, words heaping up in untidy piles,
Waiting for me to give them the signal, to get in their proper places.
But what places those may be—that’s for me to direct, them to obey.
And so it starts: move that line there, take ten words from the top
And begin to string them along the thought path
That leads to the first scene,
The first line of dialogue,
The Beginning.

Now bring into the light the character flaw, the dark words hiding
From ultimate revelation. The expansion of story line, of suspense,
Those words rushing to establish their own identities to create the whole.
It’s only words, I say again to myself, playing with appearance, with sound;
The words themselves coming alive to breathe on their own
Their contribution to what we are creating.

If Inspiration lags, the words, the very thoughts heap up and create themselves
An unmovable pile; that “writer’s block” which cannot breathe and live.
I must then dive in, break up that untidy heap of thoughts and words,
Until the dam is breached. Although disorder reigns awhile,
Those flying, tumbling thoughts made up of words, wondrous, frolicking,
Are ready once again to be directed to their places
Along the story path that leads to
The End.


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Benjamin Graber05/27/10
Oh, I really like this take on the topic. Perfect use of both inspiration and writer's block! And the dam picture is perfect!!!
AnneRene' Capp 05/30/10
Enjoyed your charming, organizational, and determined optimism!
Brenda Shipman05/31/10
This is such a picture of how I envision God in the beginning, creating the world - bringing order from chaos, gathering, separating, etc. Great pictures and description!
Carol Slider 05/31/10
I can relate to this very well--bringing order out of chaos, ensuring each word is in its proper place. Good job!
Ann Grover06/02/10
Very creative way to explain the writer's process ... from confusion to conclusion.
Mona Purvis06/02/10
I don't know if I've ever seen an entry here where the writer used the term, 'The End'. May have happened, I don't know. But, it wraps your thought process up so well.
Very interesting and deep.

Mona
Lollie Hofer 06/02/10
I liked the flow of this piece. What you had to say about that inspirational process is dead on. Well done.
Edmond Ng 06/03/10
Nicely written! I particularly like the part about breaking up the untidy heap of thoughts and words until the dam is breached. Only then can inspiration flow and our minds be set free to once again think freely and creatively.