Tips for writers, but mostly poets #1

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    Hello! And welcome to ‘Tips for poetry writers’

    I’m Júlio C. Carlos and I will the voice inside your head for the next few minutes, I hope you enjoy it and don’t worry, I will not read your thoughts.

    Today I’m going to give you 5 tips that will help you out a lot, so stick around and be patient for a while.

    So let’s get started! To the tips!

    1- Write.
    You might be thinking: ’Of course I should write, how am I going to improve my writing skills without writing?’
    You are right, but still mistaken.

    Some of us just make poems from time to time, when we feel like it. But if you want to improve your poetic skills you must, and I repeat, YOU MUST be able to write without any inspiration.
    You see, there is a huge difference between describing your feelings and crafting a poem. You should be able to craft a poem.
    A good exercise to get started with is to intentionally let your hands write words.
    Give freedom to your hands. Don’t think about  it, just relax and write.
    It doesn’t matter at all, what the heck are you writing, as long as it looks like a poem and it feels like a poem. You’ll eventually get the hang of it.
    That will help you in the future when you get your inspiration. Trust me.

    2- Put everything on ‘paper’.

    Never let a poem or even a line of a poem escape. Even if they’re just two words that rhyme. Write them.
    For those who have very creative minds, and especially if you have ‘fast runner’ type of thoughts, you should always carry a pen and paper, because typing poems is good, but it’s not that safe. I can tell you from experience that if you don’t, you will lose a lot of awesome poems.

    Don’t ever stop writing without getting drained first. Squeeze every drop of inspiration until there is nothing left. It can and will be tiresome, but worthy. You will have a lot of cool poems to edit later on.

    3- Let it rest to rewrite.

    After we finish a poem, we always think at first, that it is good.
    It’s natural.
    But, I advise you to do two things: first, let the poem rest.
    Forget about it. Don’t give a second look to it right now, because you are ‘in love’ with the baby poem. Let it grow older, while you make a bunch of other poems.
    After a day, two, three, (for me it’s mostly after 3 weeks, a month or so), when you look at that poem again, you will be ready to see the flaws of it. I’m not saying that the poem will rot with time or something. I’m saying that you will become more mature, gain more experience, and when you go back, your eyes will be sharper.

    ‘Write with passion, review with detachment’. This is the BEST advice that I can give  you.

    4- Be slow.

    When writing a poem, you can write it at any speed.
    If you write them slowly, do it. If you are more of a Moto GP kind of person, race through those lines. But, when rewriting a poem, or reviewing it, be as slow as possible. Take your time.
    Don’t rush when writing new lines, on deleting a paragraph, on anything.
    Write and rewrite word by word. (And always save your work. You never know…)
    Remember: ‘Speed is the enemy of awesomeness’, (yes, awesomeness, because there is no such thing as perfection). So be awesome, be slow.

    5- Never delete a poem.

    Don’t you dare to delete a poem because every poem has a meaning, a feeling, an idea, a storyline, a life. A poem is a part of you. Don’t erase a part of yourself.
    (Getting out of the lame zone… loading…)
    Yeah. Never delete a poem, even if it sucks really bad.
    I’ll tell you one trick: keep the sense of the poem and make another one on top of it.
    Nonsense? Yes. But it works.

    ‘From scraps can come out something that you can’t call crap’.
    OK. These are the first 5 tips for poets.

    It is always a pleasure to have you here on this corner of the Internet wasting your time for something that matters.
    Your presence is really appreciated.
    Thank you and see you guys again around the page.

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