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3 Poetry Review Tips for Non-Poets

Baffling, I know, but the fact is: not everyone is a big poetry fan. 😀 However, even if you couldn’t tell the difference between a sonnet and a haiku (and wouldn’t care to), here are some tips to help you give your poet colleagues helpful feedback on their work in your writing groups and / or review the poetry of your favorite indie authors.

1. Relax and Contribute to the Poem’s Review

Even if you don’t think you “get” poetry, you can still be helpful. You do your fellow authors a disservice when you keep quiet just because you aren’t an expert (whatever the fuck that means) on poetry. Poetry is just another form of expression, especially emotional expression. Most poems are a mere reflection of an event (everything from a near-death experience to a passing thought while waiting for the bus) that the poet has strong feelings about. Treat the poem like that person is telling you about their day at work, that traumatic event, or that passing thought they had, in a flowery / gritty / cryptic way.

2. Be Honest About Your Reaction to the Poem

Guess what? Saying that you were confused is a valid answer!

There may have been parts of a poem that shocked you, intrigued you, scared you, or even lead you to feel angry or sad. If you experience any specific emotions, this can be what you share with the poet. There’s no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ way to react to a poem. Nodding back to tip number 1: Just relax.

 

3. Be Specific in Your Poem Review

If you were confused, try to flesh out why. Were there too many words used that you didn’t know the meaning of (signifying that the poet may want to look into simplifying the language)? Was there a total disconnect in your mind between what the poet wrote and what they said they were trying to convey (signifying that the poet may want to consider sharpening the imagery)?

If the poem lead you to feel sad, which line stood out as the most depressing to you? If the poem lead you to feel shocked, at which word, line, or stanza did you first have that reaction?

 

 

Arm yourself with these three tips whenever you go into a writing group that you know poets frequent and you should be able to stay involved in the discussion. Remember these as well when you are attempting to craft a review for a book of poetry in order to publicly support your fellow independent authors!

 

 

 

 

 

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Why Books Make Kick-Ass Gifts: Portability

There are many reasons that books make great gifts, but we’re highlighting this one today: Portability.

Being able to take a book with you (whether it be a hardback, paperback, or e-book) is great for all those times during the average day when we are simply…sitting.

 

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For instance, when you’re waiting for a train or bus, you could be reading. When you’re holding a table and waiting for the rest of your party at a restaurant, why not squeeze in an extra chapter or two? If you aren’t in the best of health and spend lots of time in and out of doctor’s offices and hospitals, books can literally help keep you sane while you deal with the stress of having the condition and the irritation of having to engaged in so much waiting.

 

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3 $70,000 Writing Jobs

Writing Job Wroundup for 6.30.17

Find writing jobs all around the country that allow you to do what you love every day and get paid somewhere in the realm of $70,000 for doing so! Even veteran professional writers might need a change of scenery once in a while. Don’t forget to tell them that you saw it on Volo-Press.com! Location, responsibilities, and qualifications are included here.

 

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Capital Group is looking for a Senior Financial Writer (Fixed Income)

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  • A bachelor’s degree required; emphasis on journalism, marketing, economics or related field strongly preferred.

 

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Equifax is looking for a Technical Writer

Location: Atlanta, Georgia

If you’ve got a knack for explaining technical stuff in a clear, concise, and easy-to-understand way, this position might be right up your alley!

Responsibilities

The Technical Writer will join a team that develops online and electronic software documentation using an advanced publication workflow. The team develops deliverables by collaborating with multiple resources across a broad technical portfolio. This role requires traditional technical writing skills – but daily activities are accomplished using a modern approach employing real-time crowdsourcing, topic reuse, automated publication, and continuous delivery.

Requirements

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*Please include a PDF or a link to your online portfolio with your resume. Applicants without links or work samples will not be considered.*

 

 

 

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Writing Honesty: Profanity

When creating a character who is supposed to be an honest person, there are multiple ways to showcase this trait. The use of profanity is one of them. Learn how to use profanity to make your character not only seem more believable, but more trustworthy.

 

Character Development Using Profanity

I don’t know of a single person in my life who I have a close relationship with who I’ve literally never heard use profanity (even if they don’t think I’ve ever heard them!).

There’s a good reason for this. Profane language has a specific flavor in our vocabulary that simply cannot be substituted. “Darn” is not the same as “damn” just like “frustrated” is not the same as “furious.” Yes, they’re related, but which word you choose to use gives information about the context, you as an author, and your character as a person. After an argument with their wife, does your character mumble “bitch” or “witch” under their breath? When protecting their grandchild from a raging house fire, does your character tell them to get “the hell out of here” or “the heck out of here”? How your character responds in these types of situations can be an opportunity for you to show the reader what your character is like instead of overloading them with narrative and “telling” them.

That said, this doesn’t mean that you cannot possibly have an honest character who doesn’t use profanity. Nor does this mean that your villains and other dishonest characters MUST use profanity. I’m just pointing out that you have an option to strengthen the visibility of a character’s honesty in the fact that they are profane when they speak.

 

The Relationship Between Profanity and Honesty

Profanity has a bad rep all throughout the world. My speculation is that this is partly due to the fact that curse words are a type of “naked” and aggressive language in a world where people often want things to be softer, quieter, and more pleasant. Instead of hiding portions of meaning or intensity behind euphemisms and G-rated words, someone who uses profanity doesn’t shy away from “tellin’ it like it is,” so to speak.

Often (though not always, of course), if this character is willing to be open and up front with others, there is a certain level of honesty that they have about their own lives. Cognitive dissonance may be an issue with them much less regularly than with your other characters.

 

Adjusting the Dial on Profanity

When, where, with whom, how much, and exactly which curse words are all choices that are up to you to make when it comes to building your characters mannerisms. Here are some questions to ask yourself and help figure out where you want to stop the dial on the “profani-meter” of your honest character.

  • Do they use profanity with / around children?
  • Do they use profanity with / around the elderly?
  • Do they use profanity in ‘professional’ situations (board meetings, job interviews, etc.)?
  • Which curse words do they use the most (fuck, shit, damn, hell, bitch, bastard, motherfucker, asshole, etc.)?
  • If they ever do try to “tone it down,” do they leave profanity out completely or use watered-down versions like ‘darn’ or ‘heck’?

 

Got more tips related to using profanity when creating characters or writing a story? Leave a comment!