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Six Words For A Slump:

You're tired, unable to create anything.

You feel angry; the anatomy's wrong!

Why won't these words come together?

"Nothing's right anymore, my hands tremble..."

Yet the solution is fairly simple...

I'm showing it to you now;

Break up your ideas, smaller sized.

They come together, like in Tetris.

Rotate the blocks; shape your art.

Draw chibis and stick figures too.

Instead of epics, try a haiku.

How about a six word story?

If your mind is blocked, overheated.

Let it cool; take it slow.

By attempting all the smaller things,

Your art is sure to grow.





-Chen Yuan Wen, 5th January 2013
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Arrr maties,

Today I decided t' do somethin' creative. So I used the common format o' six words t' make a complete phrase/sentence and combined a multitude of them together.

Therefore each line is composed of exactly six words. Ye might think of this as a collage o' six word stories (though some lines are chained together).

In any case the reason I did this, was t' share me technique fer overcoming writer's block. This is the latest technique that I've developed and is much more applicable than mah previous advice to just 'go insane'.

*Switch to common english accent here*

Instead I've found that to break through a writer's block or an art block, you have to write and draw respectively. However doing your usual works will be nearly impossible, since your brain will be all frazzled and stuff. Hence, I decided to refresh my overheated mind by doing something simple. Haikus, six word stories, SHORT poems and just very short works in general will help your brain get back into the writing mood. If you try to write works of the usual length you'll just overheat further and get frustrated and sink deeper into the quicksand.

I'm not sure if the same applies to art but I believe it should. Instead of doing a full image, do a chibi or perhaps stick figures with chibi heads, then slowly add detail, until you're ready ^^

Anywho, that's all from me.

*Back to pirate accent*

:iconbarbossaplz:

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-Captain Chenbeard of the Black Fedora Pirates :iconwordofchen:

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Very interesting words. This can relate to the artist as the individual is creating their work. Art is in the form of words, not just pictures. I like the use of different fonts, it reminds me of many voice going on in one's head. I enjoy the reference about Tetris because a lot of us can relate to our lives being like those little blocks. The six word story is very original and it gives inspiration to a lot of artists. I would like to see what art (if you choose to) will go with this paragraph. Great job and keep up the great work!
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This is a simple, thoughtful passage that I think a lot of us will find easy to relate to. I'm sure everyone has at some point in their life experienced that feeling that it's just not working, which is what makes this passage something to remember when you do end up in a slump. Each six-word sentence tells its own story and has its own frustrations and solutions. So if you do end up with that unmovable block in your head, the kind that just sits there and refuses to move, remember these six word sentences, and maybe it will go away.
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Qluedi Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013
Some of these I really adore! Certainly inspiring words.
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McKinleyWiens Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Student Writer
Howdy!
My name is McKinley Wiens, and I've just recently started a blog based around literature, and different works that I love! I want to post an entry on 6-word stories, and was wondering if I could link your piece into the blog post as an example, accompanied by a short review and maybe a comment from you! Would you by chance be willing to allow me to post a link to this page, and write my opinions on the piece on my blog, linking of course also to your DA page?
If not, no worries! If you are willing, I would love if you could also answer some or all of the answers below for me, to work into the blog post??

1. What inspired you to write the piece?
2. What does the piece mean to you?
3. How has literature as a whole, or literature communities on sites such as DevArt, affected your life?
4. Favorite novel?
5. Anything else you feel is relevant, and would like to have included in the post!

Thank you so much!!

If you allow me to use and link your piece I will tell you as soon as it is included into the blog!
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MusicaMagica Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I never thought of it that way. XD
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WordOfChen Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Professional Writer
Hey, that's how slumps go. You can tackle 'em by butting your head and feeling frustrated or drilling through and letting it collapse on its own ;3

-Captain Chen of the Black Fedora Pirates :iconwordofchen:
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MusicaMagica Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
You have quite a way with words.
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WordOfChen Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Professional Writer
Not yet, I can only accept that compliment when I've gained more skill. There is still so much more to learn.

-Captain Chen of the Black Fedora Pirates :iconwordofchen:
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MusicaMagica Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
If that's the case, I may be further off than I thought. XD
But, your poems are great, nonetheless!
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noorelven Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013
awesomely true :D
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WordOfChen Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Professional Writer
Thank ye me friend, more new works coming soon ^^

-Captain Chen of the Black Fedora Pirates :iconwordofchen:
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fox-ninja97 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Student Writer
This... Is exactly what I've needed to hear. Thank you.
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WordOfChen Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Professional Writer
Thank you for reading it :3

-Captain Chen of the Black Fedora Pirates :iconwordofchen:
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GilPires Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013
That moment when you realize that every verse is a six word verse!!! xD THUMBS UP!
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WordOfChen Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Professional Writer
Bwahaha thank you for enjoying it my dear friend ^^

-Captain Chen of the Black Fedora Pirates :iconwordofchen:
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DaDemonicArtist Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
good advice. i'll have refer this when i experience artist's block. so i'll visit often.
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WordOfChen Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Professional Writer
Aye, thank ye fer readin' and enjoyin' this ^^

-Captain Chenbeard of the Black Fedora Pirates :iconwordofchen:
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DaDemonicArtist Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
always happy to
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ChristineAnne25 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I somewhat feel that every single one of your poems deserve a Daily Deviation...
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WordOfChen Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Professional Writer
Haha, I'd love fer ye t' suggest some of them if ye'd like ^^

-Captain Chenbeard of the Black Fedora Pirates :iconwordofchen:
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ChristineAnne25 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
:salute: Will do!
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Umioko Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
So true. I love the reminder of the message! c:
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WordOfChen Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Professional Writer
Thank ye fer enjoyin' me work :3

-Captain Chenbeard of the Black Fedora Pirates :iconwordofchen:
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MzVPain Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Professional Writer
Excellent experiment in words, ideas and provocation.
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WordOfChen Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Professional Writer
Thank ye fer enjoyin' this piece ^^

-Captain Chenbeard of the Black Fedora Pirates :iconwordofchen:
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Matsuri23 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Great advice... I'm a little stuck in a slump myself, and this really helps.
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WordOfChen Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Professional Writer
Yer most welcome, I hope it helps ye out ^^

-Captain Chenbeard of the Black Fedora Pirates :iconwordofchen:
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KeiSuperstar Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
such clever words...
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:iconwordofchen:
WordOfChen Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Professional Writer
Thank ye fer enjoyin' this piece ^^

-Captain Chenbeard of the Black Fedora Pirates :iconwordofchen:
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Dreamart101 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Student
So inspiring as always :D
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WordOfChen Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Professional Writer
Thank ye kindly fer enjoyin' this piece ^^

-Captain Chenbeard of the Black Fedora Pirates :iconwordofchen:
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Dreamart101 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Student
no problem mon capitaine :salute:
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shymystic67 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you, I'll definitely try this out and see what comes out.
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WordOfChen Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Professional Writer
I hope it all does well fer ye friend ^^

-Captain Chenbeard of the Black Fedora Pirates :iconwordofchen:
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U-R-IU Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
I never read and this catched my eye! nice work!
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:iconwordofchen:
WordOfChen Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Professional Writer
Then I'm glad that ye read and enjoyed my work ^^

-Captain Chenbeard of the Black Fedora Pirates :iconwordofchen:
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Leynir Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Just what I needed! Thank you for this very useful piece of advice :dance:
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WordOfChen Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Professional Writer
Yer most welcome friend ^^

If ye like me works, check out me e-book. A like/share or dare I hope a purchase would be wonderfull beneficial :3

-Captain Chenbeard of the Black Fedora Pirates :iconwordofchen:
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CzeladniK09 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Its like one of those Buddhist Dhammapada strophe's :O
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WordOfChen Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Professional Writer
Thank ye fer enjoyin' it, though I doubt me philosophy be along th' same lines, I'm glad ye enjoyed it ^^

-Captain Chenbeard of the Black Fedora Pirates :iconwordofchen:
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CzeladniK09 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem Cap ;)

cant wait to fill up with more knowledge of Yours :D
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Gemmaster Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
omg... That's amazing!
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WordOfChen Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Professional Writer
Thank ye, glad ye liked it ^^

-Captain Chenbeard of the Black Fedora Pirates :iconwordofchen:
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Doodelay Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Student Writer
I liked the tetris bit :p
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WordOfChen Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Professional Writer
Haha, thank ye fer enjoyin' it me friend ^^

-Captain Chenbeard of the Black Fedora Pirates :iconwordofchen:
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xXSpiritualArtistXx Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This was definitely what I needed to hear today. I was just starting to doubt my artistic abilities when it came to poetry and writing stories. This was awesome~
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WordOfChen Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Professional Writer
Haha yer most welcome friend, I'm glad ye enjoyed it.

Just a bit o' me advice fer all of ye ^^

-Captain Chenbeard of the Black Fedora Pirates :iconwordofchen:
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burntchurro Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
This was clever! And helpful. Thank you! c:
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:iconwordofchen:
WordOfChen Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Professional Writer
Aye, thank ye fer enjoyin' this ^^

-Captain Chenbeard of the Black Fedora Pirates :iconwordofchen:
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331060 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Yes, I completely agree and have just recently discovered this on my own. I don't have time to do large projects. Sure I could do little pieces at a time, but I lose the motivation to finish them. I've found that I'm able to work with chibis, though, because I can work with little bursts of inspiration. I think it has possibly saved me from my year-long hiatus.
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WordOfChen Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Professional Writer
That's more of a time management issue, but generally speakin' if yer sufferin' from an art block of any sort, then downsizing ye work does tend t' relieve it ^^

-Captain Chenbeard of the Black Fedora Pirates :iconwordofchen:
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