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The Real Writers:

There are those who sit with their laptops and tablets,
Clothed in a scarf and an artistic hat of some sort.
They ponder; leaving a stack of books beside them,
Sipping their decaf as though they are literature personified.

Posers...

What works do they prepare, other than blatant copies,
Perhaps a half-baked romance designed to woo a lady.
So convinced are they, of their own aptitude;
They are blinded by the beams of their burgeoning ego.

For the writer is not the man who is tapping away at keys,
He is not the man fervently reading with lensless glasses.
He is not the hipster debating ancient literature.
For he is a monster, wearing human skin.

He is the deranged madman, eccentric, uncanny.
He is the one who sits catatonic;
An entire world of fantasy playing in his mind.
He has gone through millions of scenes,
Thousands of scenarios, hundreds of plots
And dozens of characters.

He is not the man you expect him to be,
For a true writer is utterly WEIRD.

"So please do not offer me your shakespearian sonnets, kind sir,
For the world of Arrindor is calling to me! (*3*)/"

-Chen Yuan Wen, 4th April 2013
Direct from the captain himself~ x3

"Know the difference between the hipster and the writer. Often I seem many groups of 'artsy' individuals hanging outside the local coffe place drinking whatever strange blends they might concoct and thinking themselves professional.

If one has learned anything from 'Family Guy' its the fact that Brian griffin, who happens to be a bad writer, often does the sort of things you'd expect from these folk. They tap away at keys for a little while and feel accomplished.

No, that's not real writing. Real writing is seeing everything happening around you. You must constantly be living in the world you are trying to create.

For there is no better aid to writing, than to be living the fantasy you wish to live."

And that was all the coherent words we could get out of him ^^; Look forward to more wisdom/insanity tomorrow while we attempt to stop him from looking like a gremlin amongst the dust and boxes~

-Co-Captain Bunny Hayes
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JosiahTheGirl Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015  Student Digital Artist
This right here is truth in its purest form
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snowfang123 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014  Student Artist
XD awesome!
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Shina-Gee Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
This work gave good direction to me! It was a great read :)  Thanks for that!
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moonbladethebook Featured By Owner May 12, 2014  Student General Artist
You know you're a writer when a friend looks at you and says "I fear for your sanity."
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WordOfChen Featured By Owner May 12, 2014  Professional Writer
Ain't that the truth haha

-Chenbeard the Pirate :iconwordofchen:
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FamiliarPossessedBek Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013
You hit the nail on the head with this one. What you say very true, not just for writers but any medium of the arts.
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WordOfChen Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013  Professional Writer
Thank ye kindly ^^

-Captain Chenbeard of the Black Fedora Pirates :iconwordofchen:
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Oreochema Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This is soooo true! You have put into words exactly how I feel about writing! I'm always visiting my imaginary worlds! ^^
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WordOfChen Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013  Professional Writer
Reply is late, but glad ye really liked this one ^^

-Captain Chenbeard of the Black Fedora Pirates :iconwordofchen:
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Oreochema Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
It's fine, mate. I understand ye be busy, what with lootin' the ships o' the high seas and evadin' all the King's navy!

;)
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WordOfChen Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013  Professional Writer
Pretty much x'D (which is the pirate way of sayin' I be as poor as a chantry mouse x'D)

-Captain Chenbeard of the Black Fedora Pirates :iconwordofchen:
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Lowenaaa Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hmmm strange, I feel like i'm a little both.

I have indeed an entire world in my head that I can came in whenever I want, but even if I love write in a sheet, I use a computer for my stories because my mind is too fast for a simple pencil (it's not to say "hey my mind is so much better than yours !" but it's a real fact, when I try to write with a pencil I become quickly frustrated because my hand can't follow the rhythm of my mind).

Also, I don't really get why you want to separate writers in two categories, the "monster category" and the "poser category". Can't we be none of them and just write to tell a story, just to make people happy ?
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WordOfChen Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Professional Writer
Actually looking back, this poem was a response to something rather obnoxious which I sighted during a long hiatus from DA.

They claimed that it was best to sit in a local coffee place and tap away at a laptop, feeling all sophisticated and such and I felt that it was a little bit of a slap to the more 'street' artists like myself who are self-taught and who have learned our craft through experience.

It was just my own little way of striking back by showing the complete opposite of the situation the other writer has described. We are not the prim and proper souls sipping coffee, we are the wild weavers of fantasy sitting like L in our chairs and drinking weird concoctions *3* (or at least I am xD)

-Captain Chenbeard of the Black Fedora Pirates :iconwordofchen:


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Lowenaaa Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hmmm I think I understand better what you wanted to say.
The weird thing is I still have the feeling I'm a little both XD

I really like to write with noise around me, and I fucking LOVE coffee (coffee addict forevar *-*). I believe every writer in this world have his own way to write. Also, I'm an optimistic soul and if thoses people didn't make good writing, maybe it's because they don't have enough training (and I believe this is what you wanted to express), think "hey I'm a writer !" just because they write something and then tell other people the way they write their stories was the only way to write stories (which is false).

Hey, I'm really happy to talk with you about this subject, thanks for your reply ;)
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WordOfChen Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Professional Writer
Pretty much what you said, oh strangely attractive female cat girl thing x'D

Anyway my dear, I am the opposite. I write best when I am in two states. Hyper Depressed or Hyper Angry. Of course, I don't constantly stay in these states. I use a style similar to method acting, where I adopt the role of the character. Immediately after I will go play a game for maybe 20 minutes or something to make myself feel happy and return to a neutral perspective x'D

So yes, everyone has their own way of writing, mine just happens to be weird as heck!

Coffee works for some and some people like noise. Me I like tranquility, if it is not absolutely silent, I cannot do my best writing xD (though once I'm in the zone I can't hear anything either) xD

And it's no problem, although I'm busy, talking to people is important ^^

-Captain Chenbeard of the Black Fedora Pirates :iconwordofchen:
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Lowenaaa Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Aha, your way of writing is truly amazing ! Maybe not really comfortable but truly interesting, it reminds me some writers like Georges Simenon, he had to be 'possessed' by his first character to write and sometimes he felt the physical pain his character was having in the story ! Or Stephen King who said he had to start his stories by the last chapter and then write the story in the wrong order :o

At least we have something in common, when I start writing I am in a 'special mode' too where nobody can talk to me and when I came back to the real world, it's like I'm waking up from some sort of sleep or... trance. But hopefully I'm not depressed, just a little lost xD

I'm glad I'm following you, I started to read your writings and some of them are really nice, can't wait to read your next :D
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WordOfChen Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Professional Writer
Oh definitely, if I'm not possessed by my characters, I can't make it all come to life xD It wouldn't be real otherwise if I didn't feel it in my heart xD

I don't think you're depressed though my dear, you're waaaay too cheerful and happy looking to be depressed. Or perhaps that is just a secret mask on your face *3*

I'm glad to have you following me too, always nice to talk to a cosplaying lady x'3

-Captain Chenbeard of the Black Fedora Pirates :iconwordofchen:
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True words. Real artists write from the heart, they live waht they do. The rest, like looks, working place,... just doesn't matter.
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WordOfChen Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Professional Writer
haha glad you liked this piece ^^

-Captain Chenbeard of the Black Fedora Pirates :iconwordofchen:
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Torchie-1 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013
I completely agree. :D To live what you write is the most fun of the experience.
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WordOfChen Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Professional Writer
Thank you fer enjoyin' it ^^

-Captain Chenbeard of the Black Fedora Pirates :iconwordofchen:
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Feanor-the-Dragon Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
" there is no better aid to writing, than to be living the fantasy you wish to live"
Nice!
I like this one! It's true!  Besides, it's way more fun to live what you write!  :dummy:
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WordOfChen Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Professional Writer
Aye thank ye :3

-Captain Chenbeard of the Black Fedora Pirates :iconwordofchen:
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noorelven Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013
heheheh
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SimpleBend Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Hobbyist
Well... frankly this isn't what I would qualify as a poser writer... I believe a person's hipsterness and taste has nothing to do with how they see themselves as artists. I mean, I've seen plenty of non-hipters who call themselves writers without anybody asking.

YET, I like your final description and concept of what writers are. I think.
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silverblood55 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Student Writer
trains, car rides, music, even showers help me immerse in said worlds. finding the lines that separate those worlds is the difficult part.
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silverblood55 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Student Writer
very good.
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AyeAye12 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Student Writer
Depends what you define as professional. If they write, then they're still writers. Perhaps not as good as others who don't follow those traits, perhaps, but still writers.

Calling them "monster[s], wearing human skins" makes you about as bad as these hipster-writers who are still writers... just pretentious, annoying and not very good at it.

They're still writers though, because they write, and that's what it means to be a writer. Someone who writes.

o_o
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deathdog394 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
bravo very good an echo of my own mood today. lol keep up the good works :)
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DaxyJackson Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I like this. I live in a fantasy world most of the time, and I start talking to myself for hours on end, thinking up dialogue and scenarios for characters. Today, for example, I talked to myself for two hours, and the other two I just laid in bed thinking (even though I'm not quite certain what I was thinking of; that happens often because there's either too much that I'm thinking about or too little...and it's usually the former).
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Talkerwolf Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Student Writer
I loved this. It mnade me smile.
Plus it didn't make me feel so weird for daydreaming up stories 24/7
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KathsTheBoss Featured By Owner May 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This was absolutely fabulous! I can't put it into words how much I loved it!
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TheBlackJ0ker Featured By Owner May 9, 2013
Wow. That was a shot of adrenaline. I wrote a small poem called The Storyteller. I think you will really enjoy it. If you have the time then check it out. And I agree with your thoughts on writing. It isn't those who pretend it's the ones who find themselves living in the world they create. Everything and nothing, all and one. In the lakes they see mermaids, in the rain they see armies rising and falling.
To me writing isn't seeking inspiration. It's creating it.
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Valor115 Featured By Owner May 9, 2013
GG Hipsters but you've been served.
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001glaceonice001 Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Student Artist
Amazing. :D
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karmacursed Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is absolutely brilliant. Nice work on this, if only you could have somehow thrown teen angst into it then it would all encompassing. :+fav:
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hakkaobake Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Well said.
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FlickerFly7 Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I guess it's time to embrace my inner hipster, then.
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DarlingDetermination Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
He he, amazing! ^^
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FlamingDinosaurs Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
OH hell yes. This was amazing. I agree entirely.
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Miko2495 Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Student Writer
I agree
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SharaSellarine Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Student General Artist
Exactly. XD
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SteppingToTheBeat Featured By Owner May 5, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
That was gorgeous. And it's the truth too! *cackles maniacally* :iconterrifiedringoplz:
But seriously, though. We writers are spooky stuff.
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NerdyChick92 Featured By Owner May 5, 2013  Student Photographer
Beautiful! :3
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XxRockFiendxX Featured By Owner May 5, 2013
yayyy i feel like a writer =D~!! haha too bad for every world i concoct, no solid plot comes to mind lol i just live them day by day XD
love the poem..there are too many posers and critics that prob should read this lol
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SolsticeCarol Featured By Owner May 5, 2013
I love this! And I kinda feel like you know me.

I AM a writer, an artist and a madman! (or madlady? xD)
People often tell me I'm the weirdest person they've ever met :D

aaand you get a cookie for liking Family Guy ;)
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TernadoG Featured By Owner May 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
odd how that describe me not that I'm weird :sarcasm:

if you add laziness to your writer you darn well get me. think up so much I forget to put it on paper or slack off not to.
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RiseRedMoon Featured By Owner May 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I used to be a writer....

I was always so caught up in this one story of mine :) wrote all of it over and over, changing bits to make it better, cutting out parts that made it boring, that sort of thing. My teachers were extremely happy with my stories that I wrote for school and I was invited to a writers camp. Heaps of people thought I'd grow up to be an author :)

...........

Then I stopped writing. I can hardly write any more. Its kinda sad really.
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UndiscoveredMuse Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Student Writer
I agree with this! Even though my world is too small to meet a poser of such a degree, I like, how you define what a real writer is. Hopefully I can be good enough to call myself a real writer someday.
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