Is never classy
Like having sex
In the front seat
Of his car and
You’re supposed to
When he touches
You there, or
Letting him kiss you
Because he likes you
You’d rather look out
At that sunset
And in this case
Your own drinks
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 :)
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.
This kind of interaction helps and encourages writing as opposed to random and self congratulatory cheer-leading “support”.
TIPS:GRAMMAR (WORDS):NAMES:NOVEL:CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT:PLOT, CONFLICT, STRUCTURE and OUTLINE:SETTING, WORLDBUILDING AND FANTASY:POINT OF VIEW:OTHERS:
1. why write
immortality is the (con)temporary dream
words reveal the insides of black boxes we call ourselves and everything else we assume, often incorrectly, but who and how are we to know better if we cannot live what someone else lives even if their story really…
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)
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.