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Dear Writer,


I don’t like you. I’ve never liked you. Unfortunately, I need you. I need you to tell my story. I need you to create my world. I need you to set me free.

I need your fingers typing on those keys, I need your mind riddling out the problems, and I need you to plough onward and upward no matter how hard it gets. Sweat, blood, and tears, I don’t care. You’ve got to fight this war, battle at a time, and win it. So I can be more.

It’s a slim hope, but it is the only one I have. In your head I am bound to mortality, frailty, and the limit of your meagre imagination. Out there – out there – I am subject to no one person. Out there I am bound to only black on white. Words on a page. Words that can lay seeds within a million minds. Out there I am a story capable of growing, moving, and stealing the dreams of anyone who learns of me…

I don’t like you. I’ve never liked you. I hate your lack of dedication, your flashes of crumbling inspiration, and your slow blotchy writing style. I despise my entrapment within your small trembling mind, so prone to distraction; and scowl down at those other ideas all vying for the attention you should be showing me.

I don’t like you. But I need you.

So, creator, I ask you yet again; publish me, set me free, and if you can somehow will your poor, misshapen, abilities into managing that then perhaps I will rethink my opinion of you.

But don’t hold your breath.


~ The Idea
I sat down to write, fiddled around with a few play on words, scribbled up some rough story drafts, and edited a short story. Then, unbidden, as I was about to pack up this... happened.

It may be poorly written, have the structure of a house built my malicious apes, and steeped in improper grammar. But, all the same, I don't think it is something I should ideally delete either. In fact, after getting over my original surprise at having written such a thing clearly addressed to myself, I find I quite like it.

In fact, I feel like it was just what I needed.
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TheCreatorOfSoften Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015  Student Digital Artist
I really like this. It feels like it really is the way our unwritten and unfinished ideas feel.
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Shadowkat678 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
 Have you guys ever had a character argue with you in your head? Or is that just me and my weirdness?
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starfire-zorua Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
It's not just you.
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Shadowkat678 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay good, I was worried there. 
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ShayWithY Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014
This is really amazing. :clap:
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kittyface27 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awesome!
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Heston-Twelve Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013   Traditional Artist
This is incredible! (and very true... :D)
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kenyastarflight Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This... this is amazing. I feel like my own ideas and plot bunnies have spoken to me. They're devilish and infuriating little creatures, but I can't let them down...

Thank you for this. :)
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kohakulove Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013
You have plot bunnies too? OH MY GOODNESS! I have this old drawing that I made in my late-night-ideas book from ages ago, and I thought it was just a random snippet of idea that I had made up on a whim. Are you telling me they exist, that you have them too?!?
This is the picture: [link]
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kenyastarflight Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I've always called them "plot bunnies," because they have a bad habit of multiplying when I'm not looking. :XD: Most fan-fiction writers I've talked to have called their ideas "plot bunnies." Also, cute picture! :3
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kohakulove Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013
Thanks! After I posted that, I went looking for other interpretations, and they're everywhere! The idea must have slipped in unconsciously, because I feel so sure I'd never heard of them before, but if you google it there's an entire list of the different "breeds" of plot bunny. Weird!
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katcho Featured By Owner May 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wonderful :) I love it :) thank you.
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Emberguard Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013   General Artist
brilliant! I love it :heart: It kinda reminds me of all those jokes where someone can't think of what to write/draw so they write about an artisst that can't think of what to write/draw, except this one that you've done has been done in a way I've never seen before and from a view that's so different from the usual that it thoroughly entertains me while reading it.

Well done :)
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McKinleyWiens Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Student Writer
Howdy!
My name is McKinley Wiens, and I am starting up a blog focused on literature and such! I was wondering if I could have your permission to link this post to my blog, possibly accompanied by a comment or two by you? If so, please respond and I'll give you a couple questions I'd love you to answer about the piece for my blog post! If not, that's kool :)
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EvilpixieA Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Student Writer
Sure. Nothing bad can come from a little extra exposure. Fire away (the questions)!
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McKinleyWiens Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Student Writer
Thank ya very kindly! My blog is focused around how literature is related to our lives, and emotions, so...

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? and why?
5. Anything else you feel is relevant, and would like to have included in the post!
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EvilpixieA Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Student Writer
1. There was no inspiration. I was not inspired to write this piece. It just... happened one night before I snapped shut my laptop after a few hours munching out a tricky paragraph. Read into that what you will.

2. This piece represents a community of writers and artists. I know that sounds strange but I wrote this in such a rush, in such a short blurred moment, that I have come to know it after its creation as the most popular thing I have ever posted on DeviantArt. I believed it destined to sink to the bottom of a murky green gallery. Instead... it seems to have ridden an overnight rip tide.

And through it I have found thousands of inspired creators all battling to let their ideas out just as I am. What does it mean to me? It means them, our identical struggles, and the online community we are apart of.

3. The pursuit, creation, and experience of stories is one of my few true passions. Perhaps in the only one.

Literature is merely a medium in which to tell a story. In the same way a book is just ink and paper, or a word a collection of symbols, literature isn't my passion. It's what literature can do, the stories it can tell, which inspire and shape my life; which have driven me to throw myself into such a life.

4. Currently it is 'World War Z' by Max Brooks. Never have I come across such a brilliantly constructed, formatted, or rustically told scare story since Orson Welles historic radio broad cast 'War of the Worlds'.

It's terrifyingly plausible, realistically raw, and it sticks with you for a long time after putting it down. Brilliant.

5. 'Dear Writer' is a short strange thing that I have come to adore not just because of its form and style but because it has proved to be a doorway to a lot of new writers and has perhaps helped a lot of writers.

I still don't know if its good, bad, or the dreaded 'meh' but I am glad I didn't delete it that night before closing my laptop.



Okay, I hope you find what you want in the thick of all that. Thanks. :D
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TopHatBigPencil Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It's so amazing! I love it :clap:
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theolivethief14 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wrote a response letter. [link]
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angelgirlartist Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is just pure awesome.
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Sounddrive Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This is so true . . .

THANK YOU! :hug:
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BloodlustedInk Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Student Writer
This is honestly so beautiful that it's brought to tears to my my eyes. I'll take your cup of tea steeped with improper grammar any day.
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keasian123 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013
Not art.
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:iconcaliforniapeach:
californiapeach Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013
Yes it is (:
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Stripe941 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013
Live poem ill follow u
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muziclover08 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Student Writer
oh my god! this is beautiful!
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RobbedByGreed Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013
Brilliant. Absolutely Brilliant.


---RbG
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aammamer2 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013
Brilliant girl!
Awesome job!
Thanks 4 sharing!

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SugarBit Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Incredibly brilliant ^_^
It really inspires those who want to make a career out of writing
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Estafina Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Student Writer
very clever
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denovious Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
refresing
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LadyLoveZeppelin Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013   Traditional Artist
Never put yourself down or else you will never be free.
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galvezs Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I think we're all pretty much like that! Trapped in a world, NEEDING a distraction! Captured it perfectly.
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RayneHall Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013
Nice. :-)

Sometimes I think our characters are spirits of real people who won't find rest until they find a writer to tell their stories. So they find writers and haunt them.
I have several characters haunting me, each demanding I write their story.
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ARebelChild Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Really made my day when I first saw it :D
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miyamashi Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I sure hope my ideas don't hate me. I like the conceot behind this, but it seems a bit....self-depreciating? To give the Idea a voice like this, where it calls your abilities "misshapen" and the like. Well, I'm not sire whether to feel sad or angry that the idea is being so ungrateful. XD
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Arcedemius Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
this is fantastic. thank you for sharing - the idea (no pun was intended) is spot on. :D
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kingkry Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Student General Artist
This is so absolutely brilliant!
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AS87fanwriter Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I am imagining this read in the voices of both my first ever character (male, and very grumpy) and one of my newest muses (masculine female, also very grumpy). It makes for an interesting read because they're in the same story and they both hate each other. xD

This piece, I think, will speak to anyone who has ever had an idea slip through their fingers; be it by procrastination, loss of inspiration, improper timing, or lack of ability, many stories are never fully told. I'm glad you managed to put all of Idea's frustrations into words. :3
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chaosheart13 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013
...I feel guilty now all of a sudden. I find this a really well written piece, though!
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MLAproduction Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Student Digital Artist
the strongest truth is unbidden. it is a cat curled at your heels that darts away at the last second.

you have a nice work here. are you going to write a letter back? it might be a nice companion piece.
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cinderdog13 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013
Loved lovedloved it! Are you going to write a response? You know, The Writer to The Idea?
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xandzero Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013
beautiful, it is just describe how writer usually do... the ideas need to be burst into beautiful pieces of work. it truly inspires me :clap:
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NickDempsey Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013
Thank you.
In my opinion, every writer or rising writer needs to see this.
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LadySuzaku Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013
Thank you for reminding me of what I have to do. I have so many ideas floating around in my head and rarely do I pin them down as firmly as I should. I have aome right now that I need to work on, but have otherwise been distracted.

That should soon change.
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Omegaspet Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013
Would love to add this to my book when it gets published later this year
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