Systematic Poetry Techniques - Part Three

Written by Steve Gillman

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Words fail, as they should...

So there is nothing to say

There is nothing to say

There is nothing

Is nothing


But gratitude

Now, if you takerepparttar general "gimmick" ofrepparttar 142881 diminishing lines, you could insert all sorts of thoughts. An example:

Pain returns, as it must...

And to where can I turn for relief?

To where can I turn?

Where can I?


But to life

Shameless? No more so thanrepparttar 142882 second time somebody wrote a four-line verse. New words have created a new poem. Inrepparttar 142883 context of a longer poem, this copying of form in one verse might not even be noticed.

What is creativity if you don't create something? Use whatever tricks and techniques you need to start creating poetry.

Steve Gillman has been playing with poetry for thirty years. He and his wife Ana created the game "Deal-A-Poem," which can be accessed for free at:

5 Tips For Catching Errors in your Manuscript

Written by Brent Sampson

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3 - Read your manuscript backwards.

Backwards reading isrepparttar antidote to "cerbrainiumitis" because a critical view ofrepparttar 142193 English language cannot be corrupted byrepparttar 142194 flowing exposition you've massaged into sparkling prose. When you read your manuscript backwards, it's just a bunch of words, and those mistakes literally jump offrepparttar 142195 page.

4 - Read your manuscript out loud.

When you're forced to sayrepparttar 142196 words your brain is forced to slow down and concentrate onrepparttar 142197 material. Bonus - you may discover stumbling blocks like awkward sentence structures and choppy dialogue when hearing your book read aloud.

5 - Userepparttar 142198 right kind of publisher.

What do you do when that 5,000 print run costs $10,000 and features a grave error that cannot be dismissed? Your best recourse upon discovering an error is typically a sticker and a sense of humor. But a publisher that allows you to revise your book after publication (for a reasonable fee) means you're never stuck with your blunders.

Brent Sampson is the President & CEO of Outskirts Press Publishing at and author of Publishing Gems: Insider Information for the Self-Publishing Writer. Information at

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