So, how do you write?
Something I read on another site once stated: "Write well. In the end, good writing trumps all."
Has anyone ever advised you to re-word lines in your poem, making you feel uncomfortable? Do you write as you please or do you follow stringent methods that have become second nature to you?
There are various reasons people sign up to free writing sites. Not everyone is concerned with rules like punctuation, meter, form, and other factors.
How many just want to spill their unhappiness on the page?
How many are loners who want to talk even if there's no answer?
How many have their own reasons for writing the way they do and would rather not get suggestions from others?
And how many wrote poems with obvious spelling errors and have still received favorable reviews?
Would someone, intent on releasing their feelings in one sitting, void of revisions, perceive the fact that the rhythm is off in his/her poem? Notions and attitudes of what poetry should be, don't always pan out when browsing around the site.
If you consider yourself a vehement spokesman for rules, happy to show results of having such knowledge...good on you. There are many similar-minded individuals who study poets and understand the structure and mechanisms behind what they write. They help keep the integrity of a long-standing art intact.
However, there's no doubt you've seen many individuals who are not interested in such discipline. Formatting, metaphors, and grammar mean little when their main interest lies in emotions and expressing them in any way that avoids counting syllables, accents, lines or any method of study. Imagine then, offering suggestions under the assumption that they want to learn or be corrected. How determined do you think they'll be to correct any errors you point out?
Intentions and assumptions have the potential to lead to unintended consequences. I learned this lesson when I offered advice plus another version of someone's poem I thought might give it more rhythm. I did this through a private message some time ago. I intended to help. I falsely assumed they would be grateful...I was wrong. They replied with an angry tone, uninterested in any future ideas I may offer.
I was naive.
Pointing out spelling mistakes in someone's title seems fine. But go farther than that without being asked and you run the risk of wasting your time. You cannot assume they've been waiting for someone to come along and solve their writing problems.
Case in point. Have you ever seen the message "ignore the grammar and spelling" in the author's notes?
Does that mean, I don't care about the technical side of writing, I just want to know if you liked my story?
Does it mean, I'll learn the technical side after I know I affected people with my poem first?
Does it mean, I'll learn all that grammar stuff later?
And why is it written at the end and not the beginning as a warning to any unsuspecting reader?
Despite this, some are able to get agreeable comments regardless of any errors.
People who aspire to be good writers fill the site, I'm sure. And they don't mind critiques. They are willing to take advice without feeling insulted and may even desire the information they think will further their skills.
What about those who assume they've written a good piece of poetry that's sure to be noticed, only to discover the opposite? The answer may lie in the fact that people don't know what to say in a review, or the writer didn't wait long enough before posting. Therefore, he/she may miss the mark and fall short.
Many leave because they think they're no good. The lack of feedback is another reason.
Would you like to hear someone say....Your metaphors are striking. I see symbolism in this piece, let me explain....?
Would you rather hear....this is really good?
Or would you be content to hear nothing at all?
I think the majority of people want to hear good things about what they've written. Make no mistake about that. They want someone to enjoy, relate, or just expound on how much they like what they've read. Notice I said the majority. Some, simply don't care what others opinions on their writing is. They have their own reasons why. Sometimes they won't even respond. So be it. They may be content with no reviews.
So how do you write?
I say you should write the way you want. And if you're successful in getting noticed, perhaps you've found a niche in writing as well as a style that's all your own. If not, keep trying.
But most of all, keep writing, don't forget to revise and check you spelling. :)
Written by Timagination543
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