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A Writer’s Path Writers’ Club

Hello everyone! A fellow blogger of A Writer’s Path, Ryan Lanz, has announced the launch of his new initiative: A Writer’s Path Writers’ Club.

After looking at the writing market for years, he noticed a need for a Writers’ Club of this kind. Sure, there are Facebook groups, writers’ groups, etc., but there aren’t many associations that are more than just a gathering of writers.

He wanted to create a club where the sole purpose of it is to solve headaches for writers. Here are some of the headaches he’s looking to solve:

  • It’s hard to find reviewers for my book
  • Writing-related service providers (editors, book cover designers, etc.) are expensive
  • I don’t know if my writing is good enough and I need feedback
  • I need more promotion for my book
  • I don’t know if my blurb or summary is good enough
  • Not enough readers know my book exists
  • I don’t know enough about what other successful authors have done to be successful
  • I don’t know if my book cover encourages readers to purchase it

And of course, there are fun stuff to be had too, such as giveaways and contests. Here’s the full list of benefits for the Writers Club:

      • Discounts from writer-related service providers, such as editors, book cover designers, proofreading services, ghostwriters, social media marketing, book advertising, template design, audio book narration, and more.
      • Contests and giveaways for free services and books.
      • free book promotion posts on A Writer’s Path blog every year(example here). Every post generates a social media shout-out of your book to my Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, Tumblr, and Google+ account (total of 12,900 followers). he’ll set reminders for himself to notify you when your next post is ready.
      • Exclusive articles not seen on the A Writer’s Path blog.
      • Access to free blurb coaching.
      • Book of the Month” lottery. Winner gets their book featured for a month on A Writer’s Path blog in a tab along the top of every page/post. Also included is a promotional post featuring their book, summary, cover, and purchase links to all 25,000+ subscribers. One drawing per month.
      • Help to find you reviewers and critique partners (optional).
      • A free copy of his eBook, The Idea Factory: 1,000 Story Ideas & Writing Prompts to Find Your Next Bestseller. ($2.99 value)
      • Free critique of your book summaries and book covers (optional).
      • Insider tips from published authors in short, bite-sized articles.
      • Links to free books normally at full price.
      • Opportunities to show off your book to the other members.
      • Exclusive author interviews.

 

Feel free to check out A Writer’s Path Writers’ Club here

Writing A Novel: Six Chronological Tips For Better Editing

Liam J Cross

Writing a book is like creating an entire new world. Only you use words instead of entities, punctuation instead of rivers and mountainous peaks, and characters instead of people – and you’re no God either.

Writing a good book however, is a whole new ballgame.

Writing a good book requires patience and skill to the absolute ultimate level. It takes so much time and effort and sheer resilient, literary brilliance that most people on this planet simply cannot do it. That is why it is rumoured that God created this world and not some random writer-hermit.

There is a certain seven-letter word that all writers loathe so much they probably wish it didn’t exist. I know what you’re thinking: a writer loathing a word is like a fat dude loathing bacon-cheese fries – it just doesn’t sound feasible. But when that word is editing, I’m almost certain that you’ll all understand the precise meaning behind my slightly socially-satirising simile.

I’m sorry to have to tell you this (and if you haven’t figured it out already, seeking publication is probably not for you,) but if you’re looking to be serious about writing a good book, that means you’re going to have to get extremely serious about mastering the art of self-editing.

It won’t be simple and it won’t be easy. It will be hard. Very hard. But with some perseverance, some patience, a lot of laser-like focus, a burning need to succeed, a burning (and preferably, ridiculously big) mug of coffee and of course, a little help from the pros (that’s where me and my wonderful list comes in,) you’ll be just fine.

Trust me. It’s what I do.

  1. My Golden Rule: Run Away and Never Return (At Least Not For A Little While, Anyway)

Of course, I don’t literally mean run away. I don’t mean take out a bank loan and place yourself in even more debt, just so you can take an all-inclusive cruise around the Bahamas. That’s (sadly) not the type of break I’m talking about.

What I’m referring to is what I like to call a writer’s break. It’s entirely self-explanatory too: you take a break from your writing. Once you have finished that fun and loveable first draft (which is sort of like the honeymoon phase in a new relationship) you’re going to want to set it aside and not take a single peak at it for as long as you can manage. This is, of course, after you have self-crowned yourself as an absolute warrior on your social media platforms for finally finishing your first draft.

Truth is though, you’re not finished. You’re not even close. In actuality, the real work is only just beginning. And the first step in that real work is to set aside your manuscript and do whatever you can to prevent yourself from looking at it – take on a new project or write some poetry, whatever it may be. In doing this when it comes time to begin your editing process, this work will be a lot fresher to you, simulating the way a reader might feel when reading your work for the first time.

This creates an unbiased overview of your work, and allows you to edit with a level head. There’s nothing worse than trying to amend errors and fix holes in your sub-plot when your mind is still a whirlpool of words that could have been beautiful and phrases that could blossom; of characters that could have been tremendous and words between them that could have summarised life.

The artistry is gone, the creative process is over. It’s time to get your editing head on. And there’s no head fitter for editing than a clear one.

  1. Initial Read-Through: Start Small and Take Notes Like You Have OCD

This is the first thing I do when taking on a new project. I give it an initial read-through, correcting any and all spelling and grammatical errors, taking notes as I go. It’s essentially just the proofreading stage, a time in which you fix the minor errors before moving on to the bigger picture.

I find that amending these small, easily-fixable errors as you go is the easiest way to go about it. Fix them as you spot them, that way you won’t have to try remember them all for a later date and (if you’re anything like me) it’ll stop you from losing your mind.

I’m an editor. When I see glaring errors, I fix them.

In essence, step two on this list is basically just a proofread with an added dash of preparation. Make sure to have your notepad and pen at the ready, so that you can make notes on the potential pitfalls of your work. Things like plot-holes, inconsistent character behaviours, inconsistencies in voice, timeline confusion, overuse of certain words, passages of text that look as though they were written by a pre-schooler – essentially anything that hinders the quality of your book.

Once you’ve taken notes of all these things (and I say all these things because there will be a lot,) it makes your life so much easier in the next few stages, and you’ll be glad you did as you were told.

It always pays to prepare, and preparation is what I do best.

  1. Do It Again, Only More Meticulously

So you’ve outlined your plot from start to finish, and have identified all of the possible errors in your manuscript. Congratulations. But to be the bearer of bad news (if only that was a profession…) you haven’t. You haven’t at all.

This is because there are still so many errors in your manuscript. Errors you don’t even know exist. Errors you aren’t yet ready to face, that you won’t ever feel capable of facing. Things that even the best of the best self-editors will overlook. Things like a character who only features in three scenes, having blue eyes in her first appearance and hazel eyes in her third, or a your protagonist’s car miraculously changing make and model, or even the building you just described suddenly losing the cracked red bricks and sprouting blemished grey ones instead.

These are the errors you need to look out for. And that’s bad news for you, because these are also the errors that are the hardest to spot.

You’re lucky though, because I have developed an excellent solution to this problem.

When you’re going through the proofreading stages and taking your notes, make sure to create a list of all your characters (providing they appear in at least two different scenes) and describe what they look like. Take notes of their hair colour and style, their clothes, their eye colour, their jawline, their mannerisms, how they talk – literally everything about them that could come up as an error – and compile it all together. It could also be a good idea to do this with the descriptions of key buildings too.

This way, when you’re reading through your manuscript, whenever a character is described you’ll be able to check that description against the one you have written down. If something wrong crops up you’ll know it right away, and won’t be left trawling through pages and pages of jumbled-up text to find out if their hair is blonde or brunette; or if there is a reason behind them changing outfit.

You’re welcome in advance, because I just saved you a lot of unnecessary headaches. And subsequently, a whole lot of money on aspirin.

  1. Fix Any Major Flaws

The most important thing to do now that you have a detailed list of all the errors in your manuscript is to fix those errors. I bet you never saw that coming did you?

Work your way through your helpful little list, addressing all of the flaws you discovered. I usually find that the easiest thing to do in this instance is to fix the more daunting mistakes first. Say for example, if you discovered a chapter that makes about as much sense to you as Chinese algebra – a chapter that contains a Grand Canyon-sized plot-hole and a truckload of messy and jumbled paragraphs – I’d make sure to address that chapter first.

(NOTE: If you’re finding a lot of big issues, I would advise amending all of these first before you move onto the finer details such as sentence structure and word choice.)

When working through your list following this sort of strategy, you are getting the most frustrating tasks over and done with first, meaning you have less chance of giving up all together on your novel when the self-editing process inevitably extinguishes the last of your burning flames of desire.

Now my little editing protégé, work through your list like this, crossing off all of the things you need to fix as soon as you’ve finished fixing them, and then once you’re done with that I’ll see you at step five.

Chao for now.

  1. Rinse And Repeat

I have a feeling that you’re really going to hate me by the end of this, but that’s okay. I’m not here to make friends (at least not entirely,) I’m here to make your book the best book it can be before it is put in front of the eyes of agents and publishers. And if in doing so you start to dislike me a little, well hey, I can live with that. Lord knows you’ll be disliked way more by the agents and publishers that you submit to if you present to them a poorly edited, mistake-riddled book.

Now, having forewarned you, it’s time to let you know why you’re going to hate me, and here it is:

Step five is just the same thing again. Go through your book proofreading it, making your list as you go. From there, once your list is made, amend the issues and tick them off along the way. What you are left with following this (aside from the inevitable migraine and lack of wine in your booze cabinet) is a polished manuscript that has been scrubbed of all the errors that you are capable of finding on your own.

  1. Structural Proofread (With A Dash Of Voice Focus Too)

Hey, nobody said it was going to be fun. That three-letter word’s existence ceased the very second you placed the final period on the final line of your first draft.

In this read-through it might be wise to consider focussing on the more intricate details, because by now any huge errors should have been dealt with. Pay close attention to the structure of your sentences, making sure all of them read smoothly and don’t get jumbled. And also focus on letting your voice shine through. I always find that a writer’s voice is revealed the most in the parts of the book they tend to favour, so if there’s a certain chapter or scene you like best, then chances are that is the finest example of your voice at its most unique.

After finding that key part, you’re going to want to hone in on it and make sure that it shines just as brightly in the rest of the book too.

In this proofread you’re going to want to format as you go, sticking to industry standards and regulations – you can find a guide on those here – and making sure to include indented paragraphs and proper paragraph breaks – especially when it comes to speech. There’s nothing worse than reading a manuscript and having to rack your brains wondering which character is saying what. Proper paragraph breaks make speech a lot easier to read, so don’t get sloppy with them. Make sure everything is as close to published-book-correct as you can get it.

I would also recommend going through this read-through reading the sentences aloud. This will make it a lot easier for you to put a finger on those pesky added words that don’t quite read well, and will help you to write realistic speech too. Removing the clutter and overused words is the important part here, and once you’ve managed to trim your book down so that it tells the exact same story only in fewer words, you’re that much closer to a winning manuscript.

In Summary: The Truth Is Always Best – No Matter How Painful

Many people who write these sorts of guides just tend to provide you with a spruced-up list of generic spiel. A list that is essentially designed to make the editing process sound less complicated than it actually is. And that’s all fine and dandy – if you want a sloppily edited manuscript that is.

The truth of the matter is that editing is difficult. It’s a lot of hard work. It’s a lot of hard work that most people don’t quite understand, and never will until they attempt to write a book themselves.

Anyone, given enough time, can slop eighty-thousand words onto a page. But not everyone can fashion those eighty-thousand words into a bestselling novel. That’s the imperative difference here, the difference between writing and editing.

And you know what, since I’m feeling nice, and since editing is so damn difficult, I’m going to throw in a step seven to this list.

Don’t get too excited…

  1. Hire A Professional

Now that you’ve self-edited to the best of your capabilities, you’re finally ready to seek out the guidance of a professional fiction editor. I am a firm believer of consulting a professional before sending off your manuscript to an agent or publishing house, and that is because editors will make your book the best book it can be.

It is a great idea to self-edit your book as thoroughly as you can prior to submitting to an editor too, because then you’re getting your money’s worth as your editor won’t have to sift through silly spelling and grammatical errors whilst working on your book. As editors, we like to focus on the more important aspects of your book, such as the plotline, the character development and the voice of the writer. Don’t get me wrong, proper spelling and grammar is obviously very important, but those things can be fixed by the writers themselves.

I’m not saying that you need to go through an editor in order to seek publication. I’m not saying that at all. There have been – and will be many, many more – writers whose manuscripts got accepted without the help of a professional editor.

Editors are there simply as a means to add some finesse to your work. Think of an editor as a tin of wax for your car – they’re there to give your book the finishing touches, to make it shine under the harsh light of a revising eye. They’re there to make your book the best book it can be, and in doing so, give it its best possible chances of impressing an agent or publisher.

It’s like I said at the start: writing a book is like creating an entirely new world.

And that, my friends, is why editors are the Gods of fiction.

Luckily For You…

I’m currently running a promotional offer that is available to all first-time clients. My offer includes a 15% discount, a free telephone consultation (which you can schedule via the form below) and a free 2,000 words sample edit, to familiarise you with the process and the way things work.

Using the contact form below, please state your preferred time for a scheduled telephone consultation and I shall be in touch to confirm.

The Keys to Success #18: You Do Have Time

Liam J Cross
THE TIME IS NOW

Image result for time quotesWhatever it is you choose to do in your life, please, I implore you, just don’t be that guy or that girl, the one who is always complaining about how they don’t have time to do the thing they love, or even attempt it. Because not only are those people the world’s biggest liars, they’re also the same people who are sat on the weekend binge-watching Netflix and going out for drinks because they ‘deserve it’. But you know the best part? They still sit and complain about their life, saying they want to have a go at starting this t-shirt business or opening up the ice cream parlor they’ve been wanting to since they were twenty or starting their website designing service, but then follow it up with “But I just don’t have time.” BULLSHIT. That’s what that is. A big hot pile of steaming bullshit. Because if you don’t have time to go after your dreams and chase the thing you love and want to do, then how can you possibly have time to sit on the weekend and watch Prison Break on Netflix and then go out the next day for drinks and a catch-up with your friends? I thought you didn’t have time?

That’s the truth of it. You do have time, you just don’t want to spend that time on putting in the work because it might damage your relationships and social life. Well if those things scare you, stop wishing for more than you already have. Keep with your complacency and don’t complain about it, because it is you who is keeping yourself there. Not the stress of your nine till five, not your work-life balance, not the demands of your parents or friends, not society – but you. You are the only person held accountable for your failures.And the sooner you realise that, the sooner you can make a start on working towards your goals. Greatness requires sacrifice, and in realising this, we become one step closer to achieving it.


GARY VEE’S EIGHTEEN HOURS

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Yes I know… ‘Oh here he goes, blabbing about Gary Vee again…’

But the truth is, the guy tells it how it is, and I love him for that. Straight-talking, no BS, no sugar-coating shit, no blowing smoke up people’s asses. Just straight truths and harsh facts, capable of shutting anyone’s whiny-ass mouth.

The whole eighteen hours theory came from a short video I saw on his Instagram, in which he basically says you can live off six hours of sleep, which gives us eighteen hours of the day left to play with. And he basically asks you what you are doing with your eighteen hours.

You can work your nine till five, we’ll call that nine because of preparation purposes, then say you travel two hours a day, that’s now eleven, then say you want to spend some time with your kids and want to be a family man, there’s another two. That brings us to thirteen hours, which means you have five hours remaining. What are you doing with those other five? Gary then goes on to say “You’re watching fucking House of Cards!” – which is one of his many catchphrases.

But the message is there. What are you doing with your five hours? People will chill and watch TV or play video games or go out for drinks, using these five hours for leisure activities or to ‘relax and have fun’. But those are the same people who will tell you they don’t have time, yet they’re wasting five hours of their time on not chasing their goals and proceeding to complain about it.

Either accept what you have, enjoy your leisure time and don’t complain about life or want more out of it. Or get out there and do something about it. The power is in your hands.

How are you going to spend your five hours?

 

 

 

 

Writing Tips/Insights #15: Write Like No One is Reading

 

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YOU’RE NEVER GOING TO PLEASE EVERYBODY

Image result for write like no one is readingWriting, just like anything else in life, must be done to please oneself. Must be done to let one take the sinews of their heart and the breath of their soul, and transcribe them somehow onto the page before them. It’s one of my most favourite feelings in the world, finishing a piece and knowing it captures how I’m feeling exactly, because then I can make that feeling known to others, which in life, I feel is one of the most difficult tasks to do. It helps to remember who you are and where you have come from, when attempting to create a piece so emotive and so thought-evoking it captures people and touches their heart. But I actually have some backwards advice to give when it comes to doing just that, because when writing to evoke emotion in others, I believe not in focussing on them and trying to write something which does so. I feel that couldn’t be any further from the right thing to do. Instead, I focus on writing something capable of evoking emotion within myself, perhaps something I have felt before, something I have experienced on my winding road of life, and then I articulate that emotion into a creative piece. Once you manage to sum it up, once you manage to paint the colours of your pain on the page, people who have shared your pain will find your work and they will love it. That’s how this whole thing works.

Whereas I feel, if you try your hardest to imagine some sort of pain, and try to make that into a creative piece, you won’t quite capture it properly and will end up way off in your intended meaning. But if you write something from the heart, something you’ve felt and something you’ve been through, you will harness that emotion and sum it up for not only just you, but also the thousands before you who have shared the exact same pain somehow. And as a result of this, they will find your work. Your work will find them. Then they will treasure it just as much as you do.


A TRUE ARTIST NEED ONLY PLEASE HIMSELF

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The title of this section is a quote from a TV show I used to watch when I was younger and it is a line I will always remember. It has stuck by me ever since the day I saw that episode and it couldn’t be more relatable than it is for me in life now.

There is nothing worse than the fear of writing something, of putting something out there for others to read, only to be scared of the criticism you’re going to receive. I remember when I posted my first poem on Instagram and I was terrified, thinking to myself ‘what if everyone thinks it’s shitty? What will I do? I’m going to get so much hate!’

But then I realised that I was being absolutely ridiculous, and I just decided to go for it, knowing my work makes me happy and makes me feel, so why should I ever care what others think about it? It’s similar to fashion in a sense. If you are happy in an outfit and feel as though it’s the look you want to represent, then you should never allow the fear of what others think to stop you from dressing that way. So in writing, you may write a poem that makes you feel happy or a section of a novel you feel really sums up your current situation and helps you get over it, so you should never ever change a piece that pleases you, through the fear of it not quite pleasing others.


WRITE FOR YOURSELF, ALWAYS

As a writer, you should never feel the need to conform to any sorts of rules or regulations when it comes to birthing your masterpiece. The primary reason being, when it comes to writing, or any form of creativity in my opinion, there are no such things as rules and regulations. There is only you, your creative mind and whatever vice you choose to portray your genius.

The day you learn this, is the day your work becomes better than ever before. I’ve been there myself and trust me, now that I’m writing strictly for myself as opposed to trying to write something I think others will enjoy, my work has been better than ever before. So make a start yourself, stop worrying about non-existent rules and writing for an audience and start writing for yourself and tell the tale your heart aches to.

And writing for yourself, and not giving a damn about what anyone thinks of your work, that certainly makes for some:

Happy writing!

Micro-Poetry #40:

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But what if our together was forever?


It’s that breathtaking smile, perfect and true,

Because darling when you smile, the world smiles too.


The days are long gone,

I will no longer cry over spilled blood,

Only over the blood remaining,

Unspilled; untarnished

Allowing me to live

Allowing words to flow,

My lungs to function;

My poetry to breathe.


I am the earth,

She is the sun:

Only when I rotate in her direction

Can their be light.

The Keys to Success #17: Learn to Love Monday

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DO NOT BE A COMPLAINER

There is nothing, and I mean literally nothing, worse than someone who complains about anything and everything. Whether that means they go on social media and write status updates saying how tired and drained they are and how they just want to stay in bed forever. Or it could mean they tell every single living, breathing person they see just how terrible their day is and how much they wish it was over already.

You want to know what this sort of negative attitude gets you? A one-way ticket to failure town, that’s what.

I literally see it everywhere, on every form of social media, every single hour, of every single day. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t get upset over it or let it bother me, because that would only result in it taking away from my success too. But whenever I do see it (which like I said is a lot), I just ask myself why. Why be a complainer? Why be a moaner? Why not just shut the fuck up and get your shit done?

It baffles me sometimes, how people seem to be so complacent, just milling through life with no motivations or goals or desire to be successful. How they are happy with their mediocrity and their incessant complaining on social media. But then again, I guess we’re all on different journeys. I happen to be someone who is self-motivated and driven, maybe they aren’t. It’s a concept I cannot fully understand, but I shall accept it for what it is I guess…


WE ALL KNOW A DAY OF THE WEEK WHICH IS WORSE FOR THIS…

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Yep you guessed it… Monday is that wonderful day in which incessant complainers incessantly complain most. I think for the majority of our society, Monday is the horrible start to every week, where the fun of the weekend is over and it’s back to the harsh realities of adulthood and work. But, did I ever tell you that successful people tend not to be included in he majority of our society? If you hate Monday, then chances are you hate your job. And if you hate your job, then to me that means you’re stuck in some sort of situation resulting in you being underpaid. One of the main reasons we work is to make money, is it not? So when someone finds themselves in an underpaid role, chances are they really begin to hate the day that they are torn from their weekend of freedom and placed back into the heart of the swirling shit-storm.

But you know what? I FUCKING LOVE MONDAY!!!

It’s true, nothing excites me more than the thought of slingshotting myself from my bed on a Monday morning, grabbing a huge cup of coffee and getting started on my day of work. The fire in my stomach burns constantly, and when I wake up on Monday morning it’s no different. Granted, I never have a day off work completely, so to me there’s no such thing as a totally free weekend, so by the time Monday comes round it is not to me as it might be for others, where they’re back to work and hating life.

To me it’s another day, another day where my heart is beating and my lungs are inflating with air as they should. Another day I can use to get myself closer to the success I know is coming. What could possibly be better than the thought of that? The question is not: ‘how are you so motivated?’, the better question is: how are you not?


MONDAY, WEDNESDAY, FRIDAY, SATURDAY – THEY’RE ALL THE SAME TO ME

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So if you’re someone who finds themselves thinking of Monday mornings as the closest thing to a living nightmare they could possibly find themselves in, then listen loud and listen clear: it’s time to make a change! That’s the beauty of it. It doesn’t have to be that way. You don’ have to wake up dreading Mondays, and counting down the seconds until Friday. You don’t have to live for the weekend and hate your work life so much that the thought of beginning a new working week is disgusting to you. It literally just doesn’t have to be that way. The power is in your hands. You are the reason you ended up in this job that you hate and only you are capable of taking yourself back out of it and placing yourself into a field you enjoy more. Not everyone on this earth can make a living doing the things they love, but that doesn’t mean they can’t give it one hell of a try.

So, if you hate Monday and like to complain about Monday, then you had better get up off your ass and discover your passion. Then, once you discover your passion, learn how to start making money through your passion. Because let me tell you from personal experience, I may not be making a huge amount of money from writing (yet), but it still feels amazing knowing that I’m managing to make money doing what I love. And that my friends, is the reason I love Monday morning!

And loving Monday morning, that certainly makes for some:

Happy writing!

 

 

 

 

Writing Tips/Insights #14: Writing Poetry Makes For Good Storytelling

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MY UNWRITTEN RULES OF WRITING

Me personally, I’ve always been a huge believer of two key things when it comes to writing, and those things are: writing every single day in some way, shape or form, and also, branching out in your writing and walking into any unexplored avenue you uncover.

My Philosophy behind it is simple, the idea behind writing every single day is because I like to think of our creativity levels and imaginations as another skill that has to be perfected. Like how a football player must train his feet, us writers must train our imaginations and keep those creative juices flowing, or else the flow will fizzle out.

The same simplicity is applied to my theory of branching out in your writing. The more genres and styles we write in, the more we try out and learn about, the more developed we become as writers.

And sticking with this theory, I believe there’s a very distinct benefit to be had from writing poetry, in terms of your capacity to construct a beautiful and gripping novel-length piece of writing.


POETRY AND ITS SECRETS

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I find poetry to be one of the most expressive forms of writing out there. There are no set rules, no set boundaries; no set regulations, it’s just you, the paper and your pen. And what could be more beautiful than the thought of a blank page coming to life with nothing more than the trapped ingenious thoughts of a writer and a few shabby scrawls of black ink? It’s why I enjoy writing poetry so much, it is the type of writing in which I feel I am at my most free creatively. The ability to create an entire story with nothing more than just a few lines excites me more than it probably should, but that is life as a writer. When we read words that are strung together beautifully, we get excited. But when we read words that are strung together beautifully and were written by us ourselves, we start acting like kids on Christmas Eve, jumping around frantically at the thought of Santa bringing us crosswords this year.

With this type of freedom, comes great responsibility. or at least, that’s usually the case in the majority of old and boring cliched things. But with poetry, no such responsibility exists, and that is a valuable asset I feel we should all carry over into our novel-writing. Nothing hurts my heart, causes my soul to scream more, than a set of rules for writing a novel. Whenever I see such titles, be it on the front of a book or at the top of an article, my skin begins to crawl, my heart begins to bleed.

But what about the rules?


RULES? WHAT GODDAMNED RULES?

There are no rules when it comes to creativity. Do you here me? There. Are. No. Goddamned. Rules. When. It. Comes. To. Creativity! Which in turn means there are no goddamned rules for writing a novel, because, newsflash, writing a novel is one of the most creative processes I’ve ever come across. It’s essentially the act of creating an entirely new, alternate universe and existence, with nothing more than your brain and eighty-thousand words. Now if that isn’t creative, I don’t know what is.

I’ll say it again, just in case you missed it: there are no goddamned rules when it comes to writing a novel. And I feel poetry can really help to teach you this. So get out there, ingest the world, congest your thoughts, write some poetry, and discover your true creative freedom.

And discovering your true creative freedom, that certainly makes for some:

Happy writing!

 

 

Micro-Poetry #39:

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This millennium of rainfall,

Sweeping through my days

Washing away all I hold dear;

Though I embrace it

For the thought of what could wash us away

Must not scare us

It is the thought of allowing it to that I fear.


If you were lined up,

With the pyramids,

The towers,

The beautiful structures of our land

And all of the other wonders of the world,

It is you

That would be the most wonderful.


The concept of time frightens me,

Because our hours are numbered

Like the remaining days of our earth

And yet,

People still manage to waste it

As if we have it in abundance.


There are today’s micro-poems, hope you enjoy reading them! Please leave a comment to let me know what you think.

And, as always:

Happy writing!

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