I set out to write a new collection of poetry and I am thinking about words more than I have in the past.
The most difficult thing about writing is trying to find new words that mean the same thing while creating a different version of what I already wrote without repeating myself.
Can you follow that?
Somedays, I can’t because it is exhausting.
I think about the words I am using when I write. I listen to the way they sound and explore the feelings which I am trying to express. If the words don’t invoke any feeling then I know I’m doing it wrong.
This intricacy of language is what makes writing so difficult for people. One word can alter everything that you are trying to express as a writer.
I have been trying to push my writing in a different direction and— as I write— I discovered that it wasn’t working. It was so unnatural that I was frustrating myself with every word.
Then, BOOM! It hit me…
Through trial and error, I have made an important realization about my writing.
I have discovered my own style and rhyming is a part of it.
I attended two critiques sessions last year; one for poetry and the other for fiction. In the moment I listened to the feedback and learned from it. Recently, as I have been working on some projects those words have been on my mind. Some of the commentaries I received were geared around the musicality and lyrical quality of my word choice. My short story received positive feedback about the intentional wordplay I created. At the time the woman who critiqued me wasn’t sure that I had intended to create it and appeared to be impressed when I let her know that it was intentional.
These pieces came naturally, they flowed from my fingertips with ease and poetic prose.
Not everyone is going to like the rhyming and most people don’t like poetry but I shouldn’t allow that to stop me from allowing my inner poet to rise up.
I love writing. I love poetry and a good story. I delight in telling stories and creating a thunderous voice that booms from the pages making you feel the power of prose. A voice that can move you to tears—as a writer making people cry is so rewarding! Think about it! To muster up that kind of emotion in another being through language now that’s powerful!
So why should I try to please everyone else with my writing?
Writing makes me happy so I should enjoy what I write.
If I am genuine then I am sure to reach an audience that will appreciate what I have created as a writer and that is all I want, even if it is an audience of one.