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Sunday, April 01, 2012

Tips for New Writers (Prompt: Communication)


Be honest
and be clear,

there’s no point in doing this
if you’re just going to lie
or write so you
won’t be understood.

If you’re looking for
giant ego strokes
then you
probably want to invest
in liposuction,
breast augmentation,
or hair plugs.

No,
if you're in this
then you either communicate
something of value
or nothing at all.

If you don’t illuminate,
then why are you
trying to shine?

If you don’t know nature
don’t write about it,
and if you don’t know about love
don’t write about it.

Write about what you know
and if you think
you don’t know anything,

then start writing about anything
and fling it onstage
before the masses,

and then you’ll learn
failure and rejection,
and then write about those;

they are subjects
to which we all
can relate.

11 comments:

  1. When I was young, I knew I was good with words, and I wanted to write songs, then, but ones that meant something. Problem was, while I knew *how* to say things, I didn't know *what* to say, because I hadn't lived enough. Now I have.

    I love your opening. I always say, tell the truth. And as for those who obfuscate just to show how smart they're supposed to be, or to keep the club small? May they contract raging cases of herpes.

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    1. Thanks, and I agree, I also wanted to write, but "needed" to "live." Now, I have. And thanks for the big laff at the end!

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  2. Well said, bruh, and good advice. If only the ones who need this advice recognized themselves. lol

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    1. Thanks ZouxZoux,

      Yes, write what you know, which is why my domain is necessarily small. Thanks for your kind words.

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  3. You are so right - those last are very well-known to most people. I like the path you suggest we take to this new knowledge. I suppose that is the path of discovery for any artist, in fact.
    Best, M.

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  4. I thought I'd left a comment, but I guess it was over at PA... anyway this is full of raw and brutally honest tips.

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    1. Thanks! Just trying to help> :)

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  5. This poem makes my heart hurt. Well done.

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  6. Agreed.

    A quote from the novel "Push" by Sapphire:

    "...ain't enough lies 'n shit out there already?"

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  7. It's even better advice for seasoned writers.

    Also, we might add:
    don't comment on others' poems just to get reciprocation--
    only comment on what moves you.

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  8. hah! wise words-- especially those last coupla verses :)

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