Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Pre-publication Blog

A fellow writer's blog posting caught my eye this morning and I want to share it with you:  The Year-Long Book Launch.  Anyone in the business knows it takes at least a year to give a great launch for your book.  This blog post talks about the pre-publication journey of a writer, Miranda Beverly-Whittemore, her insecurities, struggles and triumphs.

The article points us to Miranda's own blog:  Bittersweet Book Launch.  She details everything she goes through, as she experiences it.  There are hundreds of tips and advice from all aspects of the pre-publication process.

It's worth your time checking it out.


Thursday, February 27, 2014

Poetry Tip #1

Most people instinctively put an emphasis word at the end of a line of poetry.  My example today is a poem I wrote in 2007.

Asphalt Freedom

She was a pink Schwinn
tall and shapely like
that steed I’d named her after:

Long white banana seat
deep swoop to her frame
proud sissy bar
elegant flowered basket

I rode her
jockey on a desperate steed
with a blue jump rope
for reins

We’d charge from
far back in the alley
rubber hooves spinning
popping sharp gravel

Gallop down that awesome hill
to shoot wildly across the street
praying there were no cars
home to the awaiting spanking


Notice the line ending words, all strong and to be emphasized.  But, what happens when we put a non-strong word there.  Something that normally wouldn't be noticed.  Look at the second line in the first stanza.  The word in the "power position" is like.  What does that do to the poem?  In this case, it lets us know to prime our imaginations because there's going to be a simile coming.  It makes the simile even more powerful.

What if we put the word the at the end of a line?  What does that do?  It alerts us that the noun following is very important.  It is, in effect, making it into a proper noun:  The Noun.  This one is so far about the rest, it earns the official title, it's the poster noun.  

This "power position" is more than an emphasis play.  It's a thinking position.  It's the quarterback of the poetry line.  It makes the reader say, "Hmmmm, something's happening here.  I'd better pay attention."