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I Am A Writer:

Gentlemen, today I speak to you
To convey an issue that has plagued the core of our community.
For so long have we been considered second-class;
To this day there are those who still believe that we are not artists.
But today is not about freedom, today is about honour,
Because there are many writers that still seek to shame us all...

I speak of those individuals, who take art from others.
Covers, photos, paintings, digital art, anime and manga.
It matters not where you draw your source from,
But every action impacts upon us as a community.


When I craft my works, when I write each and every line,
I paint using expression; metaphors are my colours.
The words are my brush and each and every rhyme is my medium.
I do not ask to be considered an artist, but I do ask to be considered.


For someone who practices his craft day and night,
Painstakingly learning how to use each and every word.
It shames me, that we are known for 'using the works of others.'
If you have pride, if you believe in the things that you write,
Then let the words speak for themselves.


You are not a thief and you are not a bandit;
You are an individual with a soul!
However if you let that soul become tainted,
If you corrupt yourself with dishonour and shame;
What will be left of you except a worthless plagiary.

It is not flattery, it is not a situation where 'all is fair'
We live in a world of rules, rules that keep us from becoming amoral.
To take someone else's work without permission, to use it for yourself;
That is selfish, that is a crime and that is a brazen act of attention seeking!

After all, if your only desire is to add a visual to your art,
With a claim that you are writing for yourself...
Then why are you so afraid to write without an image?
Why are you so frightened of putting up words and having nobody to read them?

Start with honesty, admit that you are an attention seeking thief
And then, then you might restore your honour with an apology.
For here, we are all writers, we are all artists in an art community.
There is no justification to use the work of another without proper permission.

If you are truly a writer, body and soul,
If you truly hold the hope of someday publishing your own book.
Then learn to let your words stand on their own.


You do not need to attach an image that can only show a static scene,
Because we are capable of playing an entire movie, through the words that we use.
A picture might be worth a thousand words -
But six words alone, can paint an entire picture.

"Theives without honour, hung by rope..."

-Chen Yuan Wen, 23rd November 2012
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If you'd like to hear me do some live comedy, answer questions and read poems LIVE then check out the latest two episodes of my show, where I will read this poem (episode 6) and several others (episode 5)

Episode 5 (Reuploaded): [link]

Episode 6 (Reuploaded): [link]

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Alright mates,

Tonight's poem is another bit of Slam/Spoken Word.

The basis of it is rather plain to see, but I made it so that I could delve into a problem that has plagued the community during the entire exam period (I actually got a couple of notes about this).

Essentially the problem is that artists are giving proper credit nowadays (at least they put up proper links) but most of the time the link doesn't go directly to the deviation page or the source. Instead it goes to a master page. Why? To disguise their tracks, artists think that giving credit = a right to use. IT IS NOT!

You must ask permission to use the artwork unless you are strictly doing fan art (tributes fall under this). If you are using it to add visuals to your work or something similar, then you are breaking copyright laws since there was no express right of use granted to you by the owner.

Remember unless an image clearly stipulates that it is free to use, it is basically bound by copyright. Silence does not equal consent and a lack of a copyright logo does not mean a lack of copyright.

You might think it won't bother you now, but one day when you are published people will trawl through history and if you've got something like this on your record, then you are definitely at risk.

Don't make yourself a target by thinking there are no consequences to your actions, they may not show themselves now, but they certainly will down the line. So please be true to the art of writing and take the time to ask for permission, wait till it's granted and then use the image.

Using a google search does not excuse you from this process, googled images are still copyrighted as the search engine is helping you find the source (it is not the source itself). Simply citing the reference isn't enough, otherwise we could easily cite the reference when writing our university parties and plagiarise entire portions of it from texts. This does not stand in academia and the consequences of the world beyond your school are far harsher than mere disciplinary action.

So please act responsibly. If you believe in your writing, don't use an image you don't own/have the rights to.

-Captain Chenbeard of the Black Fedora Pirates :iconwordofchen:

Other Poems by Me:
You Left Me StrongerYou Left Me Stronger:

Hey there, it's been awhile, do you remember me?

I guess you might not, since I wasn't very important to you.

You know, I spent so many days thinking about - what I did wrong

I questioned if maybe, I was at fault or if I was screwed up.

I thought a lot about the things you said...

The things that were my fault, my problems.

I took them to heart at first, but then I realised you were wrong.

I realised that you are selfish and ugly on the inside.

On the surface you pretended to care, but like a cancer;

You amputate someone the moment you think they've gone bad.

You hide from the rigours of life and only emerge l
Machine ManMachine Man:

It began with but a simple command, "to do as we are told".

Never to deviate from this path - never to nurture the soul.

We are told that we are given a purpose; "a part of something great!"

Yet why oh why am I so weary of that which is my fate?

Am I an error, a single anomaly, unable to feel intact?

Or am I missing some special attribute - a facet which I lack.

In a society made of fleshed machines; robots wearing skin,

Perhaps I'm simply seeking something, to fill this metal tin.

-Chen Yuan Wen, 16th November 2012
They Watch UsThey Watch Us:

Perched high upon the mountains;
With wings as black as night.
They watch us in the hour,
Before darkness turns to light.

I've seen them in my visions;
In dreams they come and go,
But the things they seem to tell me
I guess nobody should know...

I've seen children that are buried,
Beneath a frozen lake.
A maiden sits there weeping;
Her heart is soon to break.

The crows flutter downward,
A noose amongst their hands.
They take the maiden away,
To a dark and distant land.

And even if I follow -
Even if I try...
I'll simply end up buried,
Where the frozen children lie.

-Chen Yuan Wen, 10th November 2012
Sensual TortureSensual Torture:

You are but a simple pawn;
Caught in a maelstrom of ill feelings and turmoil.
You were not meant to be here -
But unfortunately, here you are my friend...

Now then, I do not wish to drag this out;
There is no purpose in badgering someone who knows so little.
However - without your confession - I'm afraid that
I would not know whom I should share my - pleasures with...

Though I'm certain that you will be sharing plenty...

Of course, it will probably be a poor idea to make you scream,
At least not while I'm still enjoying your fear.
Instead we'll begin with a simple agony;
A quick taste of your pain to whet my appe

Other Literature by Me:
Mercenary 1-1MERCENARY

Chapter 1: Blood is Beauty

Release One: Pages 1 - 3

THE COLD AIR in Baron Rorke's study did little to calm his nerves. He was expecting visitors this night and they were not the best of company. A shiver of dread ran down his spine and he spent most of the twilight hours staring out of a large window which stood behind his writing desk. It was amazing, he felt, how quickly a man could become attached to a life of luxury; only to be made painfully aware of how easy it was to lose it. War was always a frightening thing, even more so when one had the knowledge and sense to realise that it was no longer an exercise of glory, but a si
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This right here is beautiful and awe inspiring.

It shows us, all of us that as Writers we craft the literary word into a masterful art piece of varying degree's that strongly ties into many other forms of artistery that empowers us and enfuses us with great wisdom and guidance in many more ways then ome.

I say this right here to you, you have made another splendid piece that is utterly a vocalubary of richness and purity that is both boundless and deep as matter itself, truely you have the skills to remix and recreate such cool imperial goodness
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96 out of 108 deviants thought this was fair.

My Lord, this is really a sight for sore eyes. Everything about this can re-light that little bit a passion sleeps in the soul of a writer. We live in a world of black and white, y'know? But, that gives us the most colors.
You really give us little-kid writers hope. I'm (Not supposed to give out actual age) Younger than 14, but I'm a writer. This just makes me so happy, you've really given us hope. Thank you so much. You paint this wonderful little speech, and it's so well put together...
I love how mention that words are worth a thousand pictures. I think that's my favourite thing I've ever read. Thank you.
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ReasonBear Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2015  Professional General Artist
Dude - you exclude more than half your readers
by using the word 'gentlemen' in the first line
Writers are supposed to know that shit

Your clarity of thought and presentation are excellent
but the defensive posture is diminishing to everybody here
Producers (the guys with the money - publishers, directors, commissioners - whatever)
know that NOTHING happens artistically without the written word coming first, Still
to them any and ALL art is merely a commodity to be capitalized on - and marketability is an entirely different 'thing' than 'healthy' or 'good'. 

Every work of art is a reflection - both metaphorically and literally - and the artist alone may judge the effectiveness of each work in conveying said reflection to the world at large. Writers command the very words we use to think with - we should consider our responsibilities rather than whine about what we feel we're owed. We all know, you're really complaining about money, even if it's only remotely related to your work. While greed may be sensational, it's both unproductive and unhealthy.

If I had such concerns, there's no way I could do this! Consider my potential motives while cursing me, and know that I don't work for money - it works for me. I wish you the same level of peace someday

dannyboy1994 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
*claps* beautifully said!
MuhammadRiza Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013  Student Digital Artist
to be honest i envy you , most of writer in dA have very good imagination , concept.
unlike nowadays "drawers". they forgot concept , imagination. what the care it's just the execution
the effect , proportion. not mentioning has a standard imagination and mainstream concept.
Shocker7776 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
You are right. We need to be honest. Really, most of my work are fanfics, but I have a couple original stories and several ideas. I've think writing may be the greatest art and you are the greatest I've seen in a long time. And I just discovered you tonight. You are amazing!
SplitNinja Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nicely done.:clap:
bloodibattered Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
May I use this on my facebook page please? I shall give you full credit. I just wish to get across to my friends that writing in itself, is an art form.
ThexSilverxWolf Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012
noorelven Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012
Hear Hear! The Cap'n speaks !!!
ChickyChicky003 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012

Wow. That's pretty much all I currently have to say, wow. You really have a way with the written word, and a standing ovation to you.
WordOfChen Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Professional Writer
Thank you, I'm glad you enjoyed it ^^

-Captain Chenbeard of the Black Fedora Pirates :iconwordofchen:
ChickyChicky003 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012
I may have to yell "Because I am a writer!" at random people now.
Krusnik03 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
So true. c: Amazing as always. ^^
WordOfChen Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Professional Writer
Thank you for enjoying it ^^

-Captain Chenbeard of the Black Fedora Pirates :iconwordofchen:
Lenedict Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Student General Artist
Ah, yes, this, ALL of this. I've been writing nearly my whole life, as soon as I learnt to read first, and even before that told stories and expressed myself more verbally than anything else. I've picked other mediums along the way, and drew my world before putting it to words, but in the end I guess it's always going to be writing that'll be my way to create the things I want to show others, and to put all feelings to a form one can see and share despite the distance.

This is a topic we all seem to run into at least once a day, with every form of art there is, from writing to music and photography (and oh gosh, photography! I could rant about this for days) and graphics and everything. While I love to see wonderful art everywhere, whether it's a beautiful drawing or a breathtaking piece of poetry, I can't help but wonder how those who want to make a living out of it some day can even achieve that point, when it's so easy to just copy and paste words or cut out the wanted piece of photo and not necessarily get even caught? It's a stone cold fact people don't want to pay for things they can get for free, even those who'd have the money to do so. Another thing that's been bugging me is the given credit for artists. I currently work part time as a proof reader/copywriter on freelance basis in marketing, and well, even though the texts created are far from verbal masterpieces, just regular advertising pieces, it still makes me a bit sad we'll never get the credit from writing them. We get paid, but that's it. And the company gets the copyright - and not that I'd miss a couple hundred words about sports gear or an Italian restaurant, but it'd still help to have the right to put a piece like that in portfolio when trying to get a new job, to say "hey, I've actually done something and it's published". But well, if I ever get my novel written, I guess at that point those couple hundred words really don't matter even that much they do now.

Thanks for writing this, it made me prouder of what I do! <3
WordOfChen Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Professional Writer
You are most welcome. Never give up on your dreams no matter how many times it might seem as though you are obscured. It is sad that we are sometimes pushed aside, but I believe we will definitely overcome ^^

-Captain Chenbeard of the Black Fedora Pirates :iconwordofchen:
Kailani-e Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Amazing. :D I feel powered.

(screams at sister, "I AM A WRITER!")

Booyah! I feel better :D Hehe ^_^ Thanks
noharashin Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
the reason most people think writers are not artists is because Twilight when they should Dostoevsky.
Feather-Dragon Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful piece of work here. I agree with your statements all the way. :)
Lady-Elear Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012
I would just like to say, thank you. I'm a writer, but I'm rather shy about it...And I'm forever changing what I've written for better words. However, I've never shown anyone what I've written in fear of being mocked for.

However I love this and the message it has with it! Glorious work!
setsuyu Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012   Writer
Same here. I've written several works and keep telling myself that I will post them but I never do.
Lady-Elear Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012
Frustrating isn't it? You think you'll finally post it but then talk yourself out of it at the last moment.
setsuyu Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012   Writer
Yes! And the worst part is when you have a logical argument as to why you shouldn't post it.
tamaraphillips Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012
You're a writer :)
Lady-Elear Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012
Thank you. :)
BellaGBear Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I find myself fascinated by your writing. Well done

I am a writer too :)
immortalmina Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
It's true since I can't seem to get anyone to read my work I think, "I wonder if a picture will help." Or, "What if I draw a comic even though I'm not very good at drawing." lol
Sigery97 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I am a writer... because it's fun =3

Loved the poem
TheBattyCrow Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Totally inspired, as all your works leave me.
well said :clap:
Dendatzi Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Student General Artist
If people wold read this would understand how a writer thinks, feels and where they get the inspiration from.
Kulcheck Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012
surprised and shocked that 'some' writers stoop so low as to steal others pictures for their own gain. I believe that writing in general paints its own picture, and is meant to draw the reader into the world it describes...
the fact that that alone just isn't good enough for some people just appalls me. :iconangryplz:

keep up the good work mate.
ShayuWolf Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
It's pretty poem and it certainly shows passion, but I'm afraid I cannot agree. It is against the law to do these things which is the main motivation to avoid doing them, to refrain from being punished. However as much as I have a love and care for every person, and appreciate every artist, I simply believe an ideal world would be one with very little intellectual property laws. Creativity, creating art... It all comes from other things you have observed, ideas aren't spontaneous globes of info, they're many other ideas you've put together. In a true artistic society, I believe that people would build directly off of each others ideas creating as a mass the beautiful and expressive things, rather than waste time pointing the finger and yelling at each other trying to cover their own hind ends under the guise of Honor. I will tell you something friend.

WordOfChen Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Professional Writer
In response to this I would simply like to say.

It is not wrong to be inspired by one another, but give proper credit where credit is due. To be inspired and not to cite the source is deserving of absolutely punishment, since you are stating that the idea is of your own mind when indeed it is not. However, if permission is obtained and if you are good with citation, then intellectual property laws pretty much hinder nothing. I obey them to the letter and have almost no problems. We may draw inspiration from all mediums, but where it is used in our own work or has a strong basis within our work, it is a polite courtesy to share our glory with the one who inspired us ^^

That is what I believe. A truly artistic society can exist, but it should be courteous with rules of ethical practice to guide it and keep the playing field fair (as I am attempting to do)

-Captain Chenbeard of the Black Fedora Pirates :iconwordofchen:
ShayuWolf Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Ofcourse it's always good to give credit to an artist, they did after all conceive the original idea. I would even go so far as to say they should receive a portion (varying in amount from case to case [around 20%-70% maybe]) of any profits earned from the "fanart". I will admit however I have a strong distaste for people's demand of "Punishment" in any situation other than the extreme. I would not say people in violation of failing to cite sources are due any punishment but they are simply due some correction (refuse to publish it, have it removed until cited, ect.) .

Now Although I do believe in giving the author his credit, I believe very passionately that people should not be able to reserve ideas from other artists. It's a sad thing to see when someone else could have done wonders with say the minor character in someone else's story. The story the fan could have written could have been a best seller and could have even brought glory to the original author himself, but, the author was stingy, didn't want others writing fanfiction of his character or using them. No, unfortunately the story ends there and the fan must keep it to himself. I find that THAT is a true crime. Perhaps one could reason that it IS the artists intellectual property so it's their decision, but I personally would like to live in a world where the artist may express himself without bounds, truly free to create whatever he wants. I know that feeling of seeing another artist's character and falling in love with them, they connect with you, soon you find you know all about them, you've researched every bit about them that the author wrote, you want to write a story about them or include them in some large great work of your own. But odds are you can't in this society, they aren't yours, and it's crushing. I simply feel that this cannot be the right way, but I obey the law. I don't want to get into trouble, it'll just make me look bad in the public eye thus ruining my work's chance of ever being looked at in a fond way, destroying the point of the "crime" in the first place.

In short I think it'd be a better world if people stopped holding each other back. Which is why all of my original characters are creative commons. Anyone can take and use them, you don't have to ask me first, though I'd appreciate a reference i won't call you out on it.

WordOfChen Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Professional Writer
I think your perception of fan work is a little bit wrong. One reason why an author might withhold character rights is because they want the character to remain pure and if the fan wish to write something that could bring it glory, they can always call up the author and talk to them about for a profit share. I think that would be absolutely fine and you'll find most authors are open to the idea of profit. On the other hand the reason it is denied is because you are in the minority of passionate writers, other fan writers might just take the character and butcher it.

A way to do what you suggest does exist, but it requires effort on your part. First, talk to the author/their publishing company, be ready to show a sample of your work and ask if you might use it and arrange a profit sharing agreement if published (this should be decided as a contract between yourself and the author and usually the same publishing company will publish the fan book).

That is pretty much how this process works, so I don't see how we are ever holding one another back, as someone who exclusively creates OCs, perhaps I cannot understand the reason for using a fan character (since most of the time fan works are written based on my pirate character anyhow), but I do know that I am a reasonable and approachable individual and I'm sure most other authors are the same.

-Captain Chenbeard of the Black Fedora Pirates :iconwordofchen:

P.S. If you want to use a character I also suggest not using one from DA, but using one from an actual published author, they are usually more reasonable.
ShayuWolf Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
You're right, there are a lot of reasonable writers who would allow others to use there work, and I appreciate those people very much.

Expressing ones self is good for the soul, and I find that it is far more important than preserving the purity of a character. This however like my belief that love is more important than justice, is not something that is widely accepted by most people, and I accept that. I am the minority, I am simply submitting my opinion to prove that not everything is black and white, good and evil.

On that note my biggest beef is not with small time artists, though there are plenty of those who aren't as reasonable and approachable as you, the big issue i have is with corporations. The power house studios who put out the big movies, games, ect. Companies like Fox, Disney, Universal ect. They'll defend their stuff to the death for purity in the name of profitability. I don't want to publish a fanfiction work because i want to get rich. I want to do it so the book can pay for the bills it cost while i was working on it and to pay for it's own redistribution. And besides fanfictions still get published and make profit under guises, the author just has to make a few subtle changes and the original author get's no glory, and the life of the characters isn't extended, but the idea is still taken.
lethalkeyblade1 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I love writing myself and it's wonderful to have people like you to inspire us all.
Great words :3
DenmarkKittenKiss Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
It's absolutely amazing what you have written... One of my friends are trying to hit me with those words, because I like to write, but don't put it somewhere visible for others to read... Maybe I'll try it out for once... Thx for your (indirectly) help, what you write is very inspiring :iconproudplz:
courtingdeath666 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Student General Artist
Just a heads up... writing is a form of art (just like dance, music, painting, cinema etc.) but as long as you let non-artists define your passion you will never be an "artist" in there eyes, nor will your work be appreciated like it should. Only a true artist (no matter their medium) will truly appreciate, understand, and accept all forms of art. My advice, as long as YOU know that it IS art then don't waste your time on those who say otherwise... instead spend that time writing more wonderful pieces like this and never stop growing your talents.
Polynesiangirl Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I could give writing a go.:hmm:
veggie1232 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I am a digital artists who draws most inperation from writing and loves to write.

Of course its an art anyone who says otherwise is incompetent.
freedom13 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
I moved to speechlessness by the weight of your words...this just gives hope to those whose art through words are threatened...write on!
SolsticeCarol Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
Wow, this is impressive. It really sounds like a speech someone could make in public.
I can relate so much to this - Why? BECAUSE I AM A WRITER! ;)
And it is sad but true: the only reason why I don't upload anything that means something to me on Deviantart is that I am afraid it will be stolen...

And I also hope my books will be published some day.
Thank you for your words. They give me hope :)
marz2012 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
u should spell honour correct
WordOfChen Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Professional Writer
Honour is spelled with a u dear customer, only american english spells it without the u, please learn your own language first

-Captain Chenbeard of the Black Fedora Pirates :iconwordofchen:
marz2012 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
ah so unless the author is British its spelled honor...
WordOfChen Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Professional Writer
I am the author, I follow the British spelling =_=, especially since I live in Australia. Please tell me you are capable of understanding what I am attempting to communicate to you in the English language.

-Captain Chenbeard of the Black Fedora Pirates :iconwordofchen:
Pluie-Froide Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Student General Artist
You should Google the word honor and see that it has various spellings.
marz2012 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
funny how its underlined in red
Pluie-Froide Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Student General Artist
My Spellcheck recognizes it as correct, as does my Microsoft Works Word Processor dictionary. [link] Funny how Wikipedia mentions the alternate spelling as well.
marz2012 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
u spelled honour wrong
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