Why I Will Not Support Chase Goehring From 'America's Got Talent'

Why I Will Not Support Chase Goehring From 'America's Got Talent'

Chase is not the fresh, innocent songwriter that he appears to be.
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If you keep up with "America's Got Talent" (or you just watch all of the Facebook videos that pop up on your timeline) then you probably have seen Chase Goehring.

Chase is a 21-year-old singer from Tennessee and he's been blowing up online. He takes the AGT stage with just a guitar and a mic, and one of the first things people notice about him is his resemblance to Ed Sheeran; same ginger hair, same casual hoodie and jeans, same simple stage presence.

When he opens his mouth, the resemblance continues: Chase performs original songs that are a mix of song and fast rap, and millions of people dig his sound. The comments are full of people writing, "Is it just me or does this guy remind you of Ed Sheeran?" and "The next Ed Sheeran." This is where my perception of Chase goes sour.

Let me back up a little bit. A few years ago, I got a follow on Twitter from someone named Chase Goehring. (Yes, the same Chase now getting millions of YouTube views.) I did a thorough creeping, looking through his photos and his videos. I'll admit, he reminded me of Ed immediately as well, and as a die-hard fan of Ed, I decided to give Chase a shot.

I listened to his music on iTunes, Googled him, and scrolled through his Twitter feed. To be honest, the more I listened to Chase, the less I liked him. At first glance, he does bear similarities to Ed, but his music is entirely different. His voice is higher and more nasally and his lyrics are kind of silly. (Example: in his song "A Capella" he sings, "I would say I put my soul all up in [my songs] but I am a ginger, you know how that goes.")

I decided not to follow him back and a few days later, he unfollowed me. I forgot all about him until he started showing up on my Facebook feed.

Normally, I would just ignore the videos of Chase on AGT since I already know that I'm not a fan. But the more I see his face in my feed, the more annoyed I get that he is rising to fame.

I'm not denying that Chase has talent, I just wish he could make a name for himself without being compared to someone else. I also prefer performers who don't have a fan base or musical experience before going on the show.

Chase already had music on iTunes when he took to the stage, and in my opinion, that isn't fair. His song "A Capella," which earned him the golden buzzer, isn't a recent composition--it was put on YouTube over two years ago.

On top of that, he's toured with Magcon and he was a contestant on the third season of "The X Factor"--Chase is not the fresh, innocent songwriter that he appears to be. Now he has turned to "America's Got Talent" to promote himself.

Chase isn't the type of AGT performer that I root for; he's not an underdog who has undiscovered talent. He already had fans, music on iTunes, and a background on "The X Factor" when he took to the stage, and I think he uses his resemblance to Ed to his advantage. It's tricky and dishonest and for these reasons, I will not be supporting Chase Goehring in "America's Got Talent."

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The Key To Ending Your First Draft Blues

Or at least getting through the next chapter with your hair intact
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Ah, the first draft. We’ve all been there as writers. The day we decide to turn a blank word document into a 70,000 word (or more) masterpiece. Or, at least, that’s always the aim. Often as first-time writers, we go into the experience blind, learning as we go, and never really knowing whether what we’re doing is right or wrong.

It can be frustrating at times, as most first drafts are a test of sanity. As somebody who had written ten first draft books (nearing eleven) in six years, I have had my fair share of ups and downs when it comes to first drafts.

My first book ever took me four years just to write it, I started at the age of sixteen and finished by the time I was twenty. A year later I had written another. I then wrote one in thirty days, and nowadays I write about three to four books a year.

My point is, there is no science to writing. It is all about learning how to do it, and finding the methods that suit you best. I just wish I could have had someone to tell me all of that when I started.

With that in mind, here are my five pieces of advice on how to write your first draft:

#5 Embrace the Terribleness

The first draft is always the worst version of any story. The sooner you accept it, the easier it is to move forward with your work. So you misspell a few words so bad that even Word can't help you. That shouldn't stop you from going with the flow. Your dialogue will feel hammier than a "Star Wars" film, but you'll clean it up the second time around. You're not expected to create a masterpiece on the first go, so just enjoy the ride.

#4 Suffer for your Art

Writing can be hard. I've said it enough times already, but it's true. You have to be prepared to suffer for it. The reason my first book took four years to write was because I didn't commit to it. The reason I wrote 80,000 words in thirty days was because I committed myself to write at least 1,000 words a day. Now I average 3,000 daily. Is it painful to force 3,000 words to the page every day? Yes, but that's what you have to do to get the draft finished.

#3 Take your Time

Now I know this goes against what I just said, but it's important that you go at the pace you want to. I was happier writing 1,000 words a day, but I was eighteen then. At twenty-three, I'll never get everything done going at 1,000 words a day. Commit yourself to writing every day, even if its only 200 words. Writing is a marathon, not a sprint. You'll get to the finishing line quicker if you jog a steady pace rather than adopting a sprint and rest mentality.

#2 Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff

Yes, it's important to remember what colour your character's hair is, which one is taller, and what weapon they are carrying. Although with that said, it is important to keep going forward. In my editing, I go over everything with a fine comb, often with a character profile at my side. Don't get bogged down giving every little detail the first time around, you'll have time for that later. The hardest thing is getting it down the first time.

#1 Keep the Story Going at All Costs

This kind of goes without saying, but it is by far the most important step for me. You have to keep moving forward. It doesn't matter if you have to use the biggest Deus ex machina to get your plot going again, you can always edit it away in the re-draft. I use a technique called automatic writing, which means that I don't plan every detail of a chapter. I simply write it as I go. This allows me to give my characters natural reactions as events often come as a surprise to me too.

Obviously it is good to have a rough idea of what is meant to happen, but as long as you can get your characters from A to B, then you are half way there. The other half will be polishing it to the point you can see your reflection.

Good luck, and happy writing.

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4 Steps To Writing a Haiku

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You've probably had to write a haiku for English sometime in your school career. You most likely found it boring, or difficult, or just plain stupid. I am going to try and show you a more fun way to write a haiku.

1. The Basics: What You Should Know

In case you don't know, a haiku is a Japanese poem that is only three lines long. It is usually taught that the syllables in each line should go 5-7-5. But really, as long as there are 17 syllables or less in the three lines, it's a haiku.

2. Write to Get a Reaction

When you write a haiku, you are aiming to get one of three reactions: Aaaahhh, aha!, or ha ha! For example...

Aaahhh: Laying in bed/dog next to me under blanket/my furry heater

Aha!: Life is too short to love people/who do not deserve/your whole heart

Ha ha!: I'm on the toilet/and my stomach drops/the roll is empty

3. Create an Image

In your writing, you want to create a new image in your readers mind with each line. Take my first haiku for example. I first talk about laying in bed. Then, I say there is a dog next to me under the blanket, so you picture a lump under the covers. In my last line, I call him a furry heater so you imagine a heater covered in fur. The image you create is more important than the syllables.

4. Performing

Lastly, you need to think about performing your haiku. As always, when you're speaking in front of a room of people, you need to project so the whole room can hear you and you need to make eye contact. Another thing to remember is the tone of your voice while you are saying your poem. Dramatic pauses can keep people on the edge of their seat, waiting for what you're going to say next. You also have to remember to be confident! And if you're not confident, fake it till you make it!

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