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

TITLE: A Tidal Wave of Words
By Francy Judge
06/16/10


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A challenge grows before me
Like a tidal wave of words,
Rising up before me
As a flock of angry birds
To make sense of my similes,
Are these comparisons absurd?

A plot circles the pages,
Hovers close to making sense.
A red herring could be tossed,
Or a twist could be intense.
Which devices should I use
To create the most suspense?

The voice needs personality—
At least a southern drawl—
To overcome tough obstacles;
Do tensions rise and fall?
Will the reader like the pace
Or be forced to learn to crawl?

Back to the beginning
To write a better hook,
Track errors like a blood hound,
Hunting for the grammar crook.
Will the pages be perfected
And transform into a book?

After mounting the middle,
The ending sounds too bleak,
Looking for that lightning bolt
That’ll hail my work unique.
Did I calm the wave of words?
Will this survive critiques?

The challenge of the writer
With a message to impart—
Is the soul inspired
To compose a written art?
Will the words I choose today
Impress the reader’s heart?


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Joanne Sher 06/17/10
Love the imagery in the beginning, and the message at the end. Lovely cadence to this.
Ruth Clowater06/19/10
Fun and very true! "a tidal wave of words, / Rising up before me / As a flock of angry birds" makes perfect sense to me!
Barbara Lynn Culler06/19/10
I enjoyed the colorful words and easy cadence. Good job!
Yvonne Blake 06/19/10
I like the similies inserted in each stanza, especially...
"Track errors like a blood hound,
Hunting for the grammar crook."
Well done!
mick dawson06/20/10
I can relate to this. I'm never stuck for something to write, just how to put it so it'll have the most impact.
Catrina Bradley 06/23/10
I empathized with every lovely turn of phrase. I think my favorite is the the plot circling the page, hovering close to making sense. I feel like the last stanza was too abrupt - instead of concluding, it goes in a different (but awesome!) direction.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 06/25/10
Congratulations on placing in the top 15 of your level and the top 30 overall.