CategoryHow To Judge A Book By Its Cover and other How To’s

How To Write When You’re Exhausted


The idea for this post came to me because right now the last thing I want to do is write. Spent my first day in New York and I spent it in platforms which though preferable to walking in heels is still nowhere as comfy as flats or trainers which is what you should really be wearing when exploring those New York blocks. Because of my ridiculous day in unrealistic shoes I am now cranky, I can’t...

How To Use Your Five Senses When Writing / No-One Cares How You Feel Inside


It is easy to fall into the habit of writing how one feels (especially when writing poetry). Focusing on how you feel will give your work a childishness that you did not intend and make it difficult to show instead of tell. Personally my crappiest poems have been born when I was trying to write how I felt; especially if I used words such as ‘feel’ ‘like’ ‘want’ ‘I’ (‘I’ is actually the biggest...

How To Ruin Your Relationship In Ten Steps (If You’re A Writer)


1)      Whenever you are asked to cook, clean, do anything…tell them you’re an artist 2)      Take drugs to increase your creativity – Everyone knows a little weed, a gallon of alcohol, some of the hard stuff helps you cross that bridge from the constraints of reality to the freedom of fantasy. 3)      Explain your work to them…slowly – your significant other doesn’t quite get how a balloon...

How To Tell The Difference Between A Short Story and Flash Fiction


As an individual who has written in both forms, I’m still never entirely sure that I do not cross the very thin line that separates short stories from flash fiction. As if I wasn’t confused enough, I came across a quote by South African writer Nadine Gordimer: ‘Short story writers see by the light of the flash; theirs is the art of the only thing one can be sure of – the present moment.’ So I...

How To Write A Villanelle


Compared to the other poems I have talked about thus far, I think the Villanelle is the easiest to compose. It’s also fun, lyrical and expressive. A great poem for getting your point across. Like the Sestina, the Villanelle is a poem that relies heavily on repetition but unlike the Sestina, it is repetition of the entire line.   1)      Length: The Villanelle is 19 lines long; however six of...

How to Write an Azby or I Really Wanted to Create My Own Poetic Form


I have always wanted to create a poetic form, and I have realized that the way I wrote Black Smile could be a form. So I would like to introduce you to the newest, coolest, twenty first century, straight from the mind of a gooey-minded girl, poetic form – Azby. Azby is a playful and flowing form and a great form to attempt if you are a beginner at writing poems using forms (check out my post on...

How To Write A Sestina


The Sestina is another favourite of mine. It seems to me that the formula, though a little complicated, guarantees a certain depth and etherealness that you may not have otherwise been able to achieve on your own. The Sestina is about repetition. It is a conversation, a telling, a retelling, an obsession with an object, a person, a situation. It is definitely a poetic form that you should try at...

How To Give Criticism – The Sandwich Effect


You have just read (or listened) to someone’s story, poem, or idea and you think it is a load of crap! Ok, hopefully you don’t think that (if you do, this article is not really for you, just smile at the individual and walk away). No, in this scenario, you can appreciate the piece; but perhaps you see a flaw in the plot, the delivery, the writing…and you have no idea how to pass this message on...

How To Write A Sonnet


The sonnet was the first poetic form that I experimented with, so it holds a special place in my heart. Shakespeare clearly loved the sonnet form, as it was the only type of poem that he seemed interested in writing. He wrote so many, he didn’t bother to name them – they got numbers instead.   There are only FOUR things that you need to know about the sonnet form If you are writing a...

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