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Topic: The Writer's Challenge (NOT the FaithWriters Challenge) (06/10/10)
TITLE: Does This Sound Cliché?
By Amanda Brogan
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In my mind it sounds great but in the end itâ€™s hum-drum.
Certainly the ideaâ€™s mine, no one else had it right?
I woke up with the story in the dark of the night.
Let me tell ya this though, something readers donâ€™t know,
Often I worry about the idea and the flow.
What if itâ€™s taken and I hadnâ€™t heard?
Someone else wrote it and I had no word.
â€śIâ€™ve heard this before, the storyâ€™s the same,
Your plotting is cheesy and the characterâ€™s lame."
Cutâ€™s to my heart that knowledge does,
I need the â€śwhatâ€™s newâ€ť not the â€śwhat was.â€ť
How do I know that my storyâ€™s not trite?
I try keepinâ€™ it fresh with all of my might.
People say itâ€™s not different, theyâ€™ve heard it before,
Hey, didnâ€™t I just say that? Oh, problems galore!
I need something new, I need something hoppinâ€™
I need something zany, funky, and poppinâ€™!
Okay, maybe not zany or funky per sĂ©,
But I at least need something that isnâ€™t clichĂ©!
Enough of that whining, it donâ€™t help me none,
Maybe Iâ€™ll just write and have me some fun.
It may not be perfect, it may not be great,
Iâ€™ll probably be up really, really late.
But if God gives me something He wants me to say,
Iâ€™ll find a way to say it, and above all Iâ€™ll pray:
â€śLord, show me how to write this in the very best way,
To portray Your message ... and not sound clichĂ©.â€ť
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