Thursday, January 19, 2017

Hack Your Poetry

Hello Poetteers,

Writing and editing poetry can be simple. You can "hack" poetry.

Writing Poetry Hacks
  • Start with a title: I haven't tried it, so I don't know if it works.
  • Write a "found" poem: take words, phrases, & passages from other sources & reframing them as poetry.
  • Word association exercise: pick a word and write everything that comes to mind. Pick your favorites and rearrange into a poem.
  • Choose to write a shape poem. You will already have a subject & visually appealing.
  • Acrostic: Write about the word you choose and you already have a title. 
  • Book Spine Poetry: pick several book titles and arrange them into a poem.
  • "Transcribing poetry from admired masters can help, too, I've found. It's more visceral than reading." from @abetterjulie.
  • Situate yourself away from noise and distractions. 

Editing Poetry Hacks
  • Read aloud.
  • Try removing or moving around stanzas. Start reading without the first line. In the second read, read without the first stanza and go from there. Repeat until you've reached the end of the poem. Sometimes the first stanza stays or I remove it because my poem ends differently than how it started.
  • Replace or rearrange words.
  • Go through and try to get rid of any extra adverbs. They mean you need stronger verbs. 
Do you know of any poetry hacks I haven't mentioned? 

Stay inspired, 

Read More: Poetry Hacks

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Poetry Read & To Be Read

Hello Poetteers,

I ended and started the year well with reading. I've been enjoying my poetry finds. I'm about to read:
I'm currently reading:

I recently finished reading (My poetry reads of 2016):
What poetry books have you read/currently reading/will read?

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

The Poet Confessions

Hello Poetteers,

Over on Instagram, I’ve started a new series of sharing my poet confessions.
  1. When I first started writing poetry I didn't read much poetry. 
  2. Before last fall, I never wrote a sonnet. 
  3. I got a poem published in my high school lit magazine and afterward I noticed a big spelling error. 
  4. I almost never rhyme in my poems. 
  5. I don't memorize my poems. 
  6. I search my own poems for verses to make sure I actually wrote them. 
  7. Sometimes I struggle to finish writing a poem. 
  8. Other times I can write a good poem in one try. 
What is one of your poet confessions?

Stay inspired,


Read More: Never Wrote A Sonnet Part 1 | Part 2

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Get Focused!

Hello Poetteers,

As we welcome in the new year, our focus should be our main priority.

1. Keep a pen near by and a notebook open
As writers we constantly have new ideas. Without having a place to put them we may forget them and trying to remember them will make us lose focus.

2. Go to a quiet room
Working in a quiet area will lessen the distractions. Only listen to music if it pumps you up to work.

3. Meditation
Meditating will help us visualize our day and to constantly let go of thoughts instead of staying hung up on them. 

stay inspired,

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Blog Hiatus

Hello Poetteers,

We are nearing the end of the year and I need some much needed me time. I have decided to take a break from blogging. I wanted something more and have decided to attempt to also take a social media break. I am planning for the break from both to be a month long one.

See you next year!


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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

NaNoWriMo Recap 2016

Hello Poetteers,

During the month of November, I attempted at NaNoWriMo. I took a different approach. Instead of writing a fiction novel I decided on a non-fiction project. This project will be a nonfiction story of my journey as a writer. It is something that has been bugging me to be heard and I'm finally listening. It's what I've been leaning towards. Since I thought of it in the beginning of the year I keep getting new ideas for it. I got the final push I needed from #NaNoLounge.

Sneak Peek #1
From the beginning, I was already having an endless amount of spelling errors. I was a bit excited about finally working on this story idea. Another thing I kept doing as I write was ending it with referring to read more in a later chapter. For the first week and beginning of NaNo I wrote for 10 consecutive days.

After that, I felt the slump and unintentionally stalled the project. I didn't think about it, I almost forgot about it. I picked it back up on the 22nd and wrote for a couple more days. The word count that I needed to catch up on was overwhelming that I stopped again. A couple days after that I told myself I need to try and at least get a few sentences down but a few story ideas were already creeping in.
Sneak Peek #2 
I'm disappointed that I didn't continue to push myself to work on it. But I'm not mad about not reaching the 50k winning goal. I finally got the project started and that's all that matters. I'm opening myself so much, much more than I do on my blog and social media. Throughout the project, I made some discoveries about myself. I'm surprised and happy about the journey of writing about my journey. Some day it will be a publishable book.

stay inspired,
Fida Islaih 

Monday, November 28, 2016

Reflection on Gratitude

Hello Poetteers,

Recently I took up an opportunity that was given to me. Last month I apply and got the internship from Dream On Youth. Remember the Monday Blessings series I did on the blog. I want to bring it back. I did it a bit differently today. I'm over on Dream on Youth sharing what I'm grateful for.

Stay inspired,