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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: The Writer's Challenge (NOT the FaithWriters Challenge) (06/10/10)

TITLE: Does This Sound Cliché?
By Amanda Brogan
06/15/10


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C’mon, what’s the deal? Uniqueness won’t come.

In my mind it sounds great but in the end it’s hum-drum.

Certainly the idea’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 don’t know,

Often I worry about the idea and the flow.

What if it’s taken and I hadn’t heard?

Someone else wrote it and I had no word.

I’ve heard this before, the story’s the same,

Your plotting is cheesy and the character’s lame."

Cut’s to my heart that knowledge does,

I need the “what’s new” not the “what was.”

How do I know that my story’s not trite?

I try keepin’ it fresh with all of my might.

People say it’s not different, they’ve heard it before,

Hey, didn’t I just say that? Oh, problems galore!

I need something new, I need something hoppin’

I need something zany, funky, and poppin’!

Okay, maybe not zany or funky per sé,

But I at least need something that isn’t cliché!

Enough of that whining, it don’t help me none,

Maybe I’ll just write and have me some fun.

It may not be perfect, it may not be great,

I’ll probably be up really, really late.

But if God gives me something He wants me to say,

I’ll find a way to say it, and above all I’ll pray:

“Lord, show me how to write this in the very best way,

To portray Your message ... and not sound cliché.”



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Sara Harricharan 06/19/10
This brought a smile to my face. I like the wordplay on Chiche! Very nicely done, I was smiling all the way through the end.

Good job with the bolded letters too!
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 06/22/10
I so enjoyed the flow and pace of this unique piece. I also smiled at the voice and incorrect grammar Well done.
Colin Swann06/23/10
Quirky - very funky indeed. Enjoyed!
Terry R A Eissfeldt 06/23/10
Well done
It's nice to read something on the light side!
Thanks
Joanne Sher 06/23/10
Cute, fun, and DEFINITELY not cliche'. So creative!
Verna Cole Mitchell 06/23/10
Really excellent fun poem. Trying not to say what you've already read is a challenge.
Carol Slider 06/23/10
Mission accomplished--this was anything but trite! Good job!
Catrina Bradley 06/23/10
Great fun! The meter isn't perfect, but your poem is definitely "new and hoppin'" :) The ending prayer was awesome.
Caitlyn Meissner06/24/10
How fun! I loved this poem. It made me smile all the way through. :)
Sarah Elisabeth 06/24/10
Oh my, I loved this! So much fun to read, and not cliche' at all. Awesome!
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 06/25/10
Congratulations on placing in the top 15 of your level and the top 30 overall.