Friday, October 20, 2017

What Are Poetry Genres?

Hello Poetteers,

Genre means the type of art, literature or music characterized by a specific form, content, and style. Poetry genres are any literary genres like sci-fi, fantasy, etc. While researching I found this: “three major genres: epic poetry, lyric poetry, and dramatic poetry, treating comedy and tragedy as subgenres of dramatic poetry."

Poetry falls under two categories: classic and contemporary. I think the poetry genre I write is narrative. Narrative poetry is a form of poetry that tells a story, often making the voices of a narrator and characters as well; the entire story is usually written in metered verse. Narrative poems do not have to follow rhythmic patterns. Narrative poetry can be broken down into different themes like culture, faith, experiences, love, nature. If there is someone out there who better understands poetry genres, let me know if I’m correct or not. I want to try writing more dark poems, fantasy poems, and humorous poems.

Here are a couple questions to ask yourself when figuring out your poetry genre:
  • What are your poems about?
  • How do your poems feel?
  • What pattern, rhyme or form do your poems follow?
Stay inspired,

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Keep Track of Your Poetry

Hello Poetteers,

I noticed several of you are having trouble keeping track of your work. Poems scattered everywhere. It can be a bad thing or a good thing. You can find it later and surprise yourself with what you wrote or look at them differently. Either way, don't throw away your older poems.

One way to keep your poems organized is to keep it together by theme. I organize my poems by months they were written in.

I love using excel for my business stats. You can use it to keep track of the poems you have by title, date written and whether you shared it or not. Also on excel, you can add another tab for submissions. List where it's submitted, when, and what the response was. Or check out these resources, Submittable or Duotrope.

I have a writing folder on my desktop with subfolders:


Or when I was researching tips to organize poetry I found a writer that kept these subfolders:

In Progress
Completed Works
Journals and Free-writes

Be sure to check out this source I found the above information at for even more tips. I suggest also have folders for templates, prompts, and inspiration. What folders do you have for writing?

Now that you have your poems organized, there are different ways to organize your poetry chapbook.

Stay inspired,

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Friday, October 13, 2017

Left Bare On Stage

Hello Poetteers, 

Poetry is not just something that is written. It can be something you perform. Practice is always recommended but when you're in the moment, it may still be shaky. Practice will help you get comfortable, confident and know your piece. I practice the words, not the emotion and emphasis. When it should be both. The nervousness gets in the way. That's something I need to work on. For example, you have an angry slam poem & since you're nervous, the anger isn't really there when you perform it. It's okay if you can't memorize the piece but do try. Have a copy of the poem with you on stage. Practice every day, three times a day, aloud, keep looking up to make eye contact. Practice in front of friends like it's the actual thing before the actual performance.

There will most likely be other poets performing, sit back and listen, observe the crowd, and just take in the moment. Let yourself feel the nerves, but don't let it consume you. Feel excited for your performance and for the others. I think it's good to not get caught up in the expectations of what's to come.
I have done a few poetry readings and events. Arrive early. Get a sense of your surroundings, talk with the organizer and guests. We have an ideal setting that we would like to perform at. Hopefully, it feels casual, comfy, calm, quiet, dim lights, snaps as they hear lines that touch them. There is a mic for you to use. I prefer small crowds. There is something about not fully seeing their faces but knowing they are there. You can't have it all exactly, but it's good to look for places that will provide something similar. You want it to be welcoming and encouraging.

When going to an open mic night or any poetry event remember to bring a copy of the poem you're performing.
  • Books
  • Business cards
  • Water 
  • Pen
  • A friend

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

10 Mistakes Poets Are Making

Hello Poetteers,

As I write and share my poetry I've noticed a few mistakes poets have made.

  • Leaving their name out of their poetry graphic. With leaving out your name, you make it easier for someone to take it and call it their own. Adding your name will make it harder for your work to be plagiarized. It will make it easier for readers to find more of your work.                      
  • Not keeping track of and organizing their poetry. Without an organization system, you may forget your ideas or end up rewriting or resharing an old poem. 
  • Not adding their book on Goodreads. Goodreads is a place where readers keep track of what they read and their book reviews. (Goodreads tutorial).
  • Believing rhyme words is what makes a good poem. Rhyme words is a bonus to a good poem. A poem is a piece of writing that shares emotion in a concise way. 
  • Fighting and pushing away learning and writing poetry. I first learned poetry through structure and didn't like it. Later I was taught poetry through free verse and it changed my mind. 
  • Thinking their poem needs to be in a format. Forms may limit the thoughts you want to write.  
  • Throwing away old poems. By keeping your poems you can see your growth. 
  • Not checking for grammar, punctuation or any poetic devices. The smallest things can change what you wanted the poem to be. 
  • Being vague in their writing. Sometimes I read someone's writing and it feels like anyone can write it. Share your own experience.
  • Writing poetry for other people and not for yourself. Nothing else needs to be said. 

: I've seen people share all their poems and other people not share their poetry at all. Have a balance of sneak peeks and mystery as you publish your book.

Stay inspired,


Thursday, October 5, 2017

What is Paypal Invoice

Hello Poetteers,

As I get new clients who want me to edit their poetry a few have asked what is a PayPal invoice. I take all my payments through PayPal. An invoice is a bill. Once I create it, it will ask me for your email. Afterwards, it will be sent to your email. In the email, there will be a pay now button. It is that simple. Read more.

Stay inspired,


Monday, October 2, 2017

Blossoming Heart Playlist

Hello Poetteers,

There is a list of songs I always listen to when I want to feel uplifted. The other day I thought the feelings behind these songs are similar to those when you read Blossoming Heart. I had to share this with you.

Unwritten by Natasha Bedingfield - This was one of the first songs I heard and saw myself in it.

Broken Glass by Rachel Platten- When I first heard this song I felt it is an uplifting dance song about standing up after getting hurt and working hard towards what you love. It is a motivating song I listen to first thing in the morning when I get ready to work.

Brave by Sara Bareilles - An uplifting song that made me cry when I first heard it. It reminds me of my quiet self and how I use my writing to speak up and be comfortable with myself.

The poem, Being Brave, was inspired by this song.

Stand by You by Rachel Platten - The song is about reaching out and being with someone as they are breaking and healing.

In the beginning stanza, it talks about scars and reminds me of my poem, “Scars Are a Rebirth”.

I didn’t cover every song on the list but I hope you enjoy the playlist. Is there a song you’ve heard that reminds you of Blossoming Heart?

If you haven't read Blossoming Heart, buy it here.

Stay inspired,


Thursday, September 28, 2017

Prompt Book: Cover Reveal

Hello Poetteers,

The other day I shared with you the title of my poetry prompt book that will be published on Nov 7th. You may have already seen the cover if you already pre-ordered the book. But if you haven't, here's the official cover reveal. I kept it simple.

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Stay inspired,