Poetry Friday Continued – My Tips and Tricks

Happy Friday once again. Hope you all had a great week and felt inspired to write some poetry. This week I thought I’d continue with the poetry theme from last week and discuss some tips that I use when writing my poems and show examples from my poems last week. I know a lot of people find writing poetry a daunting thought, but really it’s not as hard as you might think if you use these tips and tricks. The first tip to me is the most important:

1. Find your inspiration: It doesn’t have to be about love or a broken heart which were the inspiration for both my poems Band and Unspoken last week. Find anything that really moves you and write about that. A lot of my poems describe feelings of love because it is the strongest emotion and gives me the most inspiration. There are so many feelings that stem from love, but nature is also a big source of my inspiration. When I take the time to observe the world and the stunning images it produces, it can evoke strong feelings within me. Every day I feel so lucky to be alive ; living in this beautiful and troubled world gives me great inspiration, positive and negative.

2. Do not use clichés: Poetry is about finding words to describe how you feel without using common sayings like “Absence makes the heart grow fonder” or “At the end of my rope”. Using a cliché is probably the worst thing you can do in a poem. You might have to dig deep to find another way to describe something without using a cliché, which can be difficult because we are all guilty of using them in every day conversations. Often I have found that I don’t even realize I have written a cliché until I go back and re-read my poem. That’s when the editing comes in.

3. Use imagery: Use descriptive words and vivid images to evoke feelings in the reader. One of my examples of imagery comes from my poem “Unspoken’: “my body will collapse in on itself, implode in the warming sensation pulsing throughout…” This image in meant to express the feeling of when your heart is racing so hard that you can feel the blood pumping throughout your body(warming sensation pulsing…)  making it hard to catch your breath (body will collapse in on itself…) Take poetic license (no pun intended) and use artistic description to make the reader think and more importantly feel what you are writing about.

4. Write in Free Verse: This gives you the freedom to focus on the words and not the parameters of say a haiku type poem. When you are writing rhyming poetry, it is easy to become focused on writing the rhyme rather than the image or feeling you are trying to describe. I myself have been guilty of this in the past as I have talked about in my previous blog post “The Reason I Stopped Writing in Rhyme”. That was my break through moment in my poetic career when I freed myself from rhyme and focused on the words and images instead. To anyone who can write in rhyme and still write amazing poetry, kudos to you for sure!

5. Eliminate Unnecessary words: Then, and, the, a- all take away from your poem. Poets are very careful in choosing their words and the less words you use the more significant the words you do use become. It’s only in the second or third time I edit one of my poems that I seem to eliminate these unnecessary words. I keep editing my poems, removing words or using more descriptive words until I am finally happy that no useless words remain. 

 

Well those are my top five tips for writing excellent poetry. I hope you find them useful and also hope you feel inspired to go write some amazing poems. If anyone is feeling brave enough, I’d love for you to share your work with me. I love reading as much as I love writing.

Finally as always, thank you for taking the time to read and connect with me. Thank you to all my new Twitter followers all over the world for reaching out and joining me on my writing journey.

Until next week… happy writing!

❤ Melissa

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A Poetic Post

Hi there, here we are again. This week, as promised, I am classing up my blog with some of my poetry. Let’s explore those emotional demons from the depths of the soul. I have for you two poems written some time ago but freshly edited. I deleted unnecessary words to give the words I do use more focus and importance. I hope the poems emote feelings of love and fear. Fear of love in ‘Unspoken’ and just the power of two people in love in, ‘Band’. Once you’ve read them both, let me know how you enjoyed them. I’d be happy to discuss them further with you next week if you’d like to dive deeper into the meanings of the words and tips on writing better poems. Your comments are always appreciated and taken to heart. Happy Poetic Friday on sasloveswords.com Enjoy! ❤ Melissa

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  Unspoken

If you proceed to touch me again,
I will not hold back.
Kiss my neck one more time,
my body will collapse in on itself,
implode in the warming
sensation pulsing throughout.
Talk to me,
don’t disappear in this silence
abandoning me in passion,
don’t disengage eyes from mine.
Speak in poetic movements,
every part caressed.
Keep me distanced from the door
the world outside,
sheltered.
My urgent yearning,
causing our atmosphere
to close in.
The candles bow,
dim in the lust heavy air.
The moon succumbs to the sea
stars close eyed.
The world slips away
nothing left,
you.
Our bodies safe together
until the burdened door opens.
My silence will pierce
your incomplete heart.
For if I cannot dismiss my desires,
you will come again.
If I cannot voice them,
forever I lost.

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Band

Every day I look
towards my finger
to remember;
words we spoke,
the kiss that united,
tears and trembling hands.
A room vibrated with laughter,
warmed with embraces.
Family and friends
sparkling with
illuminated candlelight.

The band encircles my finger,
swirls round the past
to the future.
The life inside it
never will fade.
Memories
band us.

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Blinking Distractions

ADD-distractedHello all you great people out there. Did you have a good week? I hope it brought you much good. Today I am talking distractions, a writer’s nemesis. Okay not just a writer’s issue; most of us out there love and hate a good distraction. What’s your worst distraction in life? Mine is the blinking phone distraction.

I sit down to write: balance my Sony Vaio in my lap, carefully place my phone next to me and open my Word document or my website to write the next great blog post. A few words later my eyes begin to wonder to my phone. Blink, blink, blink… red, blue, green, yellow… blink, blink, blink… could it be a tweet… blink, blink… Facebook message… blink… better just check… with fast fingers I type my password in and quickly swipe my phone down to check my notifications relief washing over me. Now I know who or what is trying to reach me. Okay… lock my screen, place my phone down. Returning my attention to my work, I type away and then once again my mind is begins to wonder- my eyes return to my phone: blink, blink, blink. Oh no… the blinking phone light distraction strikes again. I know what you’re thinking why don’t I just put my phone out of my reach and then I won’ t be distracted. BUT, imagine what I would miss out on!

In saying that, I am not a person completely obsessed by my phone. I can put it away when I go out for dinner or when I’m visiting with family or friends. I don’t understand people who go out for a nice dinner together but spend the whole time on their phones. The world is passing them by and the whole point of spending time together is wasted. So that isn’t an issue for me, but when it comes down to sitting down to write I need that out, that distraction.

In thinking about this further, maybe it really isn’t a distraction so much as multitasking. Yeah, yeah, multitasking… I mean every good writer has to be able to tweet to their followers while writing their next great novel, right? It’s all about being accessible to people. Yeah, accessibility. Okay maybe there is a fault in my logic but I never miss deadlines even with the blinking distractions. I haven’t once miss a week’s blog post since I committed myself to this. Once I dedicate myself to something I follow through; powering through the blinking light phone distractions all the while because I don’t want to miss anything happening in the moment. I have fallen prey to our instant gratification society. We want everything right now: communication, connections, information- immediately. People are posting tweets, photos, status updates one minute after the next and in this busy life, that is how we stay connected to what’s going on in each other’s lives.

Speaking of being connected, sadly I will be away from any internet connection this weekend… yes… there is sweat already collecting on my brow from the withdrawal syndrome setting in. We are going on a family vacation to a remote location without internet. Yes places without modern technology still exist! When the disconnection from the world is too much to bear, I will find try to find Starbucks close by to check in when I can. So please, comment, tweet, email me over the weekend and I will respond to you as soon as I return to civilization.

Until then, have a very happy weekend and thank you again for taking the time to read. Be sure to come back next week because I’ll be posting some of my poetry. I can’t wait for you to read my work and to hear your thoughts.
❤ Melissa

Tweet Tweet…

TwitterHello everyone, ready for a gorgeous weekend? I always am- although it makes my dedication to writing dwindle when it’s so sunny out. I love being outdoors in this amazing Vancouver weather. We only get like three months a year to enjoy it, so my writing may just be pushed aside slightly. Regardless here I am with another weekly blog. Today’s topic Twitter! Yes I can hear the collective groan out there because seemingly people love it or ‘don’t get it’.

Speaking honestly I’ve had a Twitter account for a few years now and not really invested much time into it. It was kind of fun reading celebrity tweets or searching what was trending. It’s certainly a good way to pass a vast amount of time reading people’s random thoughts in a concise 140 characters. In the last few weeks however, I have come to the conclusion I was looking at Twitter all wrong. I wasn’t using it to its full amazing social networking potential. The best aspect of it for me is using it to connect to other writers/readers/editors/bloggers/fans around the world instantly. I found a lot of good advice and tips people squeeze into a small amount of words and the powerful ‘#’ makes it easy to search for topics that are on my mind.

I was hesitant to commit to tweeting regularly because I felt like what did I really have to say that could be that interesting? Would anyone find what I tweet interesting enough to follow me? Admittedly I don’t tweet as much as was recommended for promoting myself as a writer; the suggested amount of tweets per day being 10-15. I try to get a couple tweets in throughout the day when I can. The next step recommended after coming up with a clever tweet was to re-tweet other people and/or favorite their tweets. That’s when the skeptic came out in me… really… tweet, re-tweet, and favorite and this will make a big difference??? Brushing the skepticism off, I have been following the advice of tweet, re-tweet and favorite. Wouldn’t you know that I went from 17 followers to 70 as of this morning in a matter of just over two weeks! I have been mentioned in tweets by another Young Adult writer, Jackson Dean Chase in which he suggested his followers, “follow their passion to these romance authors…”, listing myself and three others. I was floored to have the support of another author like that. My twitter community, supporting each other through tweets! Other people have viewed my “About Me” page and then tweeted me the compliment about it.

I know all the social media websites out there can be a bit overwhelming and might seem redundant at times too. I myself have thought do I really need: Facebook, Twitter, About Me, Pinterest, Instagram and so on to promote myself as an author? Well no, not necessarily but it certainly helps to build up a readership and definitely find connections. Becoming a published author is challenging to say the least, but the more I put myself out there the better chance for opportunity to come my way. As they say there is power in numbers and the more people I can reach the more powerful my words become. Ultimately that’s what writing is about… write and then have people read it. Maybe having people read my tweets isn’t as impressive as having people read my novel, but it’s a start and hey my novel’s still in the works anyway. Tweeting takes seconds; a novel takes countless hours of writing, editing, re-editing, obsessing about.

For now I will take my daily instant Twitter gratification more seriously and keep tweeting, re-tweeting and favorite-ing to gain more followers. So if you are already signed up for Twitter, don’t forget to follow @sasloveswords (that’s me) and if you’re still sitting on the fence about signing up, give it a try, you might be surprised how you can connect with others all over the world, and when you give it a try, don’t forget to follow @sasloveswords and tweet me! Okay, that was the last shameless Twitter plug for @sasloveswords… ha, ha, ha…

Happy Tweeting!!

Until next week,

❤ Melissa