How I became a writer… Part 2.
Poetry became an outlet for me, a way to deal with growing up, school, everyday life and all the drama of life. I also played a lot of sports, so between writing and physical exercise, I will assume it helped with the more difficult teenage years of my life.
Poetry is a game. Do your best to write down how you are feeling in the moment without making it seem too random. Without making each thought feel like a single emotion.
Put it all together with a bit of drama and pain. With a touch of rhyme and reason so the words come together as one train of thought.
Once again, I have no prior education in writing and at the same time, I strongly feel that none is needed. No one should tell you how to write because they are your thoughts and your feelings.
Write what you want, when you want, it is your outlet of emotions. No one can or should teach you. How words come out of your brain and onto a piece of paper or to the screen is all you.
While I am not particularly a fan of rap music, I admire the way they spin words. It is an art in itself and no one should critique the lyrics of their songs.
Sometimes I may be talking about a dead puppy, you may assume it is a poem about someone. Other times… I write about how certain people or certain scenes from a movie make me feel.
Songs and lyrics in general come together as feelings or can be sparked by a single line one hears or comes up with. So many times we hear of writer’s block and how words or thoughts are not appearing on a page.
This has fortunately never happened to me. I will cover this in future blogs because for me there is a method to the madness.
Writing songs, poetry or rap is all the same to me. Especially for your own words to appear on a piece of paper, set your mind free and let it flow. Things do not have to make sense to anyone but you. If you feel it needs more structure or things need to rhyme, go for it, adjust or fix your thoughts in a more organized fashion.
Poetry was my way of starting to write. It allowed my thoughts to form sentences and put my emotions on paper. This method slowly led me into longer poems that were more than single lines trying to fit together.
Slowly the words came to me, they became a page or two. The poems became longer and the next thing I knew I had a short story. Poems led me down a path to longer stories. The poetry filled the page until it took on a life of its own.
Soon after characters appeared in the short story…In reality, the characters were already there. Not there before me but in my head. They had a different voice now and they had things to say.
This leads me to how the voices appeared, and no they are not voices in my head but voices of people I encountered… It is all because I love to people watch and people speak to me.
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