In my first article for The Ministry of Poetic Affairs, I will give away some tips on how to become an experienced poet. This will allow you to become this veteran-poet; a skilled poet, who understands the importance of writing poetry.
Let’s begin with a few basic things. It is good to keep in mind, that your becoming a veteran poet takes time. You should be aware of the fact, that there are some vulnerabilities when writing poetry.
What is a novice poet? In a short way: a new poet, who has just started writing poetry and is careless about his or her target audience. There is nothing wrong with that. Some would still call this an inexperienced poet.
“The expert at anything was once a beginner”- Helen Hayes.
When I thought about this, another definition came to mind. Novice poets are not always better poets, than those who have been writing for a longer period of time. It’s all about those 26 magically letters in the alphabet and using the right arrangement.
How do we differentiate?
Generally, pulling out emotion from an unconscious mind and putting it into some sort of grammar, and syntax is a big deal. The fact that you have to start over again, maybe even in a different language, is difficult. The percentage of accuracy of those feelings and emotions must be greater when transforming them into text. After transforming them, your own accuracy makes a difference. You will be able to go on your way to become an experienced poet. Because that is what a veteran poet actually is!
When starting writing poetry, there are some difficulties you will be facing:
- The lack of grip on so-called basic things: grammar, spelling, punctuation.
- Metaphors: not every novice poet uses these metaphors. You might just be exaggerating of dramatizing things.
- Lack of vocabulary.
- Having a greater amount of fluctuation in your words.
- The inexperience when it comes to the targeted audience.
How to resolve?
The magnitude of emotions, flowing through your brain and to your pen is immeasurable. Everyone writes in a different way, this is no different for poets.
The best poetry is written, when they arrive from deep emotions. Some of these emotions are held back for a long time. Searching for the little space of time, to write them down is important. Don’t panic, if you find yourself in the middle of something that is in between sharing your deepest emotions and something else. It will make all make sense, once you are done. There are some words to consider when writing.
You write for your followers
If you are mainly focussed on social media and the publication through the various websites, this is important for you. The number of followers likes and those precious comments… Remember one golden rule: the number of likes is not related to the appreciation of your work.
There are many tips to improve your writing skills. They can be found on many different websites. Instead of focussing primarily on one website, it’s best to scout for more websites to find writing tips. This will help you move from novice to veteran. Or, from a few viewers or followers to more viewers or followers. The readers of poetry, tend to search for something fresh in a poem. Personally, I think you should get everything out of life – live as if you were a child – and write from those emotions. Come up with something new, something fresh.
Writer for your readers, it’s not an essential thing to become a successful poet. It doesn’t work for everyone. Still, it’s something to consider!
If you are not sure about your writings, there is always a chance to submit your work to us. For proofreading. We can proofread your work and give you some tips on your work. This won’t be in a way, that will distort your work. You can use this link to submit your work to us or contact us at [email protected].
You have to understand metaphors. I mean, metaphorically…
“Metaphors have a way of holding the most truth in the least space”
— Orson Scott, Alvin Journeyman (Tales of Alvin Maker).
“A single metaphor can give birth to love.”
— Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness Of Being.
“We can express our feelings regarding the words around us either by poetic way or by descriptive means. I prefer to express myself metaphorically. Let me stress: metaphorically, not symbolically. A symbol contains within itself a definite meaning, certain intellectual formula while metaphor is an image…An image, as opposed to a symbol, is indefinite in meaning….”
— Andrei Tarkovsky
As for me, as a poet, I learned that using metaphors is just bliss. Not everyone would agree with me, but it works for me!
To conclude this article, some vocabulary tips. To improve your vocabulary, you can use the following options:
This website will help you improve your vocabulary in an easy way.
Grammarly focusses on diminishing your errors in grammar, punctuation and spelling. There are many free proof-readers available online, but Grammarly is by far the best option to consider.
Last but not least: good luck!