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the-wilde-poet asked: Hi I'm kind of new to poetry (been writing for about a month) and it would be awesome if you could give me some tips? Thanks :)

viperslang:

nectar-traps:

Hi :) I think learning to write/developing one’s voice as a poet is really a process of learning other writers’ ‘rules’, and then breaking them for a reason. Here’s a list of tips that are really important to me as a writer. I hope you find reasons to break them.

  • Be vulnerable. By this, I do not mean profess your existential angst through generic cliche (‘my soul is a void’, etc.); I mean bleed. Retch. Crawl. Get your hands dirty. For a long time, my poetry was just one thinly-veiled cry for help after another, and it was awful. Cry for help if you need to. Demand the emergency room. Don’t get tangled up in long pretentious words and convoluted  metaphors that serve only to distance your reader from what you really mean. You are controversial. Embrace it.  
  • Nouns, nouns, nouns. Abstraction is fine in small doses, but to me, what really make a poem are the intricate details. Tell me about the mildew in the corner of your speaker’s shower. Tell me about her teeth. Vivid, symbolic imagery is crucial to a poem because 1) it gives it an identity of its own 2) it provides your reader with something to ‘latch onto’ and 3) it makes the poem incredibly intimate and personal. 
  • AVOID ARBITRARY LINE BREAKS & PUNCTUATION. I cannot emphasise this enough. Never insert devices simply because you feel they are ‘appropriate’ at that point in the poem - think about why you’re putting them there. In my opinion, there’s little room for tidiness in poetry so if you’re only enjambing a line to keep the stanza neat, rethink your decision. The form of the poem is just as significant as the words you construct it with. 
  • Force yourself to write. Sadly, writers do not wake up every morning with a flurry of new ideas in our heads. Worse still, we get rusty without practice. My rule is that if I haven’t written anything in 3 days, I have to sit down at my desk for one hour and brainstorm new ideas. No matter how uninspired I’ve been feeling, this always gives me something to carry forward. 
  • Do things with people. I’m definitely guilty of hiding in my room, turning down invitations and ignoring everybody when I could be out collecting experiences to write about. However, the more you interact with the people around you with the ulterior motive of observing their behaviour, the more interesting it becomes. There’s something truly intoxicating human behaviour, and it makes great writing material.
  • Read. This one’s obvious.
  • Show people your work. Scary at first, but the exposure is completely necessary if you want to gain confidence and ambition as a writer. Plus, if somebody is expecting you to write a poem, you’re more likely to get on and write it than if there’s no external pressure/acknowledgement of your goals. 
  • Ultimately, just be passionate. What has always driven me forward has been my excitement about the writing process, and my complete infatuation with other writers’ work. I know I’ve read something inspiring when I want to jump around and scream and swallow it and tattoo it all over my body and cry out of jealousy that I didn’t write it, etc, etc. If words move you with a similar intensity, you’ll find a way to use them yourself. 

Good luck!

This kind of interaction helps and encourages writing as opposed to random and self congratulatory cheer-leading “support”.

Excellent advice. 

starrify-everything:

TIPS:
Tips For Characterization
21 Harsh But Eye-Opening Tips From Great Authors
The Importance Of Body Language
34 Writing Tips That Will Make You A Better Writer
Things Almost Every Author Needs To Research
Eight Short Story Tips
How To Stop Procrastinating
Ten Exercises In Creativity
How To Show (Not Tell)
Ten Ways To Avoid Writing Insecurity
Why Research Is Important In Writing
Five Ways To Get Out Your Comfort Zone
Seven Ways To Use Brain Science To Hook Readers And Reel Them In
The Difference Between Good And Bad Writers
Five Essential Story Ingredients
Formatting Your Manuscript
Four Ways To Have Confidence In Your Writing
99 Ways To Beat Writers Block
You’re Not Hemingway, Helping You Develop Your Own Skill
Best Apps For Writers
Online Whiteboard
This Sentence Has 5 Words
GRAMMAR (WORDS):
Urban Legends From The World Of Grammar
20 Common Grammar Mistakes
Synonyms For Said
Alternatives For But
Alternatives For Angry
Alternatives For Whispered
200 Words To Describe Light
45 Ways To Avoid Saying Very
Colour Names
Other Ways To Say…
Lay vs Lie
Make Words Longer
Words And Meanings
Common English Mistakes
Online Etymology Dictionary
Tip Of My Tongue
Cliche Finder
NAMES:
7 Rules Of Picking Names For Fictional Characters
Names In Different Time Periods
Behind The Name
Meaning Of Names
Fake Name Generator
Random Name Generator
Quick Name Generator
Fantasy Name Generator
Baby Names Country
Muslim Names And Meanings
Indian Names And Meanings
Name Playground
NOVEL:
How To Rewrite
Editing Recipe
How To Write A Novel
Writing 101: Revising Your Novel
Revising Your Novel: Read What You’ve Written
Finishing Your Novel
Novel Outlining 101
Outline Your Novel In 30 Minutes
13 Most Common Errors On A Novels First Page
How To Organize And Develop Ideas For Your Novel
CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT:
Family Tree Maker
Tips For Characterization
Character Trait Masterlist
Character Bio Help
Character Writing Exercise
123 Ideas For Character Flaws
Three Ways To Avoid Lazy Character Description
How To Create Fictional Characters
Writing Magical Characters
Character Development Sheet
Character Development Worksheet
Character Chart
Character Chart For Fiction Writers
100 Character Development Questions For Writers
Ten Questions For Creating Believable Characters
Ten Days Of Character Building
Writing Effective Character Breakdowns
PLOT, CONFLICT, STRUCTURE and OUTLINE:
When To Change Paragraphs
36 (plus 1) Dramatic Situations
How To Write A Death Scene
The Snowflake Method
Effectively Outlining Your Plot
Tips For Creating A Compelling Plot
One Page Plotting
How To Create A Plot Outline In 8 Easy Steps
Choosing The Best Outline Method For You
Creating Conflict And Sustaining Suspense
Conflict Test
What Is Conflict?
Writing The Perfect Scene
How Can You Know What Belongs In Your Book?
SETTING, WORLDBUILDING AND FANTASY:
Masterpost For Writers Creating Their Own World
World Building 101
Creating A Believable World
Maps Workshop - Developing The Fictional World Through Mapping
Creating Fantasy And Science Fiction Worlds
Writing Fantasy
Myths
Creating The Perfect Setting
POINT OF VIEW:
Establishing The Right Point Of View
How To Write In Third Person
The I Problem
OTHERS:
Types Of Crying
Eye Colours
Skin Tones
Who Do I Write Like?
Write Rhymes
Survive Nature
How To Escape After Being Buried Alive In A Coffin

starrify-everything:

TIPS:

Tips For Characterization

21 Harsh But Eye-Opening Tips From Great Authors

The Importance Of Body Language

34 Writing Tips That Will Make You A Better Writer

Things Almost Every Author Needs To Research

Eight Short Story Tips

How To Stop Procrastinating

Ten Exercises In Creativity

How To Show (Not Tell)

Ten Ways To Avoid Writing Insecurity

Why Research Is Important In Writing

Five Ways To Get Out Your Comfort Zone

Seven Ways To Use Brain Science To Hook Readers And Reel Them In

The Difference Between Good And Bad Writers

Five Essential Story Ingredients

Formatting Your Manuscript

Four Ways To Have Confidence In Your Writing

99 Ways To Beat Writers Block

You’re Not Hemingway, Helping You Develop Your Own Skill

Best Apps For Writers

Online Whiteboard

This Sentence Has 5 Words

GRAMMAR (WORDS):

Urban Legends From The World Of Grammar

20 Common Grammar Mistakes

Synonyms For Said

Alternatives For But

Alternatives For Angry

Alternatives For Whispered

200 Words To Describe Light

45 Ways To Avoid Saying Very

Colour Names

Other Ways To Say…

Lay vs Lie

Make Words Longer

Words And Meanings

Common English Mistakes

Online Etymology Dictionary

Tip Of My Tongue

Cliche Finder

NAMES:

7 Rules Of Picking Names For Fictional Characters

Names In Different Time Periods

Behind The Name

Meaning Of Names

Fake Name Generator

Random Name Generator

Quick Name Generator

Fantasy Name Generator

Baby Names Country

Muslim Names And Meanings

Indian Names And Meanings

Name Playground

NOVEL:

How To Rewrite

Editing Recipe

How To Write A Novel

Writing 101: Revising Your Novel

Revising Your Novel: Read What You’ve Written

Finishing Your Novel

Novel Outlining 101

Outline Your Novel In 30 Minutes

13 Most Common Errors On A Novels First Page

How To Organize And Develop Ideas For Your Novel

CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT:

Family Tree Maker

Tips For Characterization

Character Trait Masterlist

Character Bio Help

Character Writing Exercise

123 Ideas For Character Flaws

Three Ways To Avoid Lazy Character Description

How To Create Fictional Characters

Writing Magical Characters

Character Development Sheet

Character Development Worksheet

Character Chart

Character Chart For Fiction Writers

100 Character Development Questions For Writers

Ten Questions For Creating Believable Characters

Ten Days Of Character Building

Writing Effective Character Breakdowns

PLOT, CONFLICT, STRUCTURE and OUTLINE:

When To Change Paragraphs

36 (plus 1) Dramatic Situations

How To Write A Death Scene

The Snowflake Method

Effectively Outlining Your Plot

Tips For Creating A Compelling Plot

One Page Plotting

How To Create A Plot Outline In 8 Easy Steps

Choosing The Best Outline Method For You

Creating Conflict And Sustaining Suspense

Conflict Test

What Is Conflict?

Writing The Perfect Scene

How Can You Know What Belongs In Your Book?

SETTING, WORLDBUILDING AND FANTASY:

Masterpost For Writers Creating Their Own World

World Building 101

Creating A Believable World

Maps Workshop - Developing The Fictional World Through Mapping

Creating Fantasy And Science Fiction Worlds

Writing Fantasy

Myths

Creating The Perfect Setting

POINT OF VIEW:

Establishing The Right Point Of View

How To Write In Third Person

The I Problem

OTHERS:

Types Of Crying

Eye Colours

Skin Tones

Who Do I Write Like?

Write Rhymes

Survive Nature

How To Escape After Being Buried Alive In A Coffin

(via journaling-junkie)

We know that whoever is born of God does not sin; but he who has been born of God keeps himself, and the wicked one does not touch him.

We know that we are of God, and the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one.

And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us an understanding, that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life.

Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen.

—1 John 5:18-21 (via sonofhislove)

iamjordan1:

But I am no longer afraid of becoming lost, because the journey back always reveals something new…

Come follow me, come follow me Take my hand, don’t let it go.

iamjordan1:

But I am no longer afraid of becoming lost, because the journey back always reveals something new…

Come follow me, come follow me
Take my hand, don’t let it go.