Learning How To Write Poetry | Part one

Firstly, it’s important to offer a disclaimer here at the outset. Any advice I have to give should be taken with healthy skepticism. I’d suggest that this is a solid plan of action no matter who might be speaking, teaching, or making claims to knowledge in life, whatever the subject might be.

Poetry, at its core, is a process meant to unlock and subsequently unleash your unique voice. So the experience, ultimately, is a personal one, and there will come a time when you must walk the path alone.
With that out of the way…

Snapshots In Time

To write a poem is to catch lightning in a bottle. To capture the flash of a moment. To take a picture of a sudden scene in flux.

Encapsulate the energy and emotion that erupt from inspiration.
Never be afraid to breathe the first word into existence, even if passion might be wanting, because creativity is inherently laced in the blueprint of life, and so by natural evolution one word will grow into one idea and then into one verse and then into two, splitting through osmosis, and soon enough a completed piece will appear before you on the page.

But the work is never actually finished, for there is always the next breath to take, and words pour from the tears of God and the tongues of lovers alike.

Infinite and eternal. Always.

Setting a Routine

Write every day!
To become proficient at any path in life takes practice. We must first play the fool and make mistakes along the way so that lessons can be learned and put to good use.
Order inevitably emerges out of chaos
To hone any gift, skill, or talent takes sustained and diligent effort. One step at a time (with quantum leaps earned periodically).
In a world saturated with technological gadgetry and social media platforms, it is imperative to spend ample time in nature. Break away from computer screens, flee the matrix, and find moments of silence and solitude so that you can gather your thoughts.

Write every day! Did I mention that already? Well, it is perhaps the only advice I have that bears multiple repeating. Even if the mood isn’t quite right or you’re not feeling all that keen on being creative, write anyway. Sharpen your pencil and put the lead to work. It’s not a matter of forcing the process, but rather of honoring and respecting it by doing the heavy lifting even when you’re not at full strength. Results over time will pay dividends.

Read as much as possible from a wide array of sources on multiple subjects. This triggers new neurons and strengthens those already formed.

Keep a dream journal beside your bed
Jot down your thoughts first thing upon waking. This is a positive way to set the table for a creative day of feasting to follow.

Gut Eruptions and Calculated Consciousness

Poems are born from two basic sources.

1)
A fire in your belly, burning up through feverish lungs, pushing past the back of your teeth, and spitting out as flames.
Connect with raw plasma, kiss the bacteria in your digestive center, and marry your voice to the heat produced in such a furnace.
Then vomit. Let the letters pour out violently. Give in to the animal aspects of your dichotic nature.
Don’t worry if some of what splashes out looks shoddy. The point is to release from your core. The clean-up crew can always be called in during the editing stages (more on that later).

2)
The other source is a mental framework that comes from careful, conscious consideration. Planning, framing, building, constructing, shaping, forming, molding.
Aligning the left and right hemispheres of the brain, activating the third eye pineal gland, connecting to higher awareness, and letting the collective consciousness and source field flood synapses with ideas from beyond the veil of illusion.

Riding the Wave

Stream of consciousness writing – tap in and hold on for the duration of the trip.

Start writing automatically with the intention of letting your subconscious steer the ship.

Don’t be concerned with precision of form or the style in which the words arrive on the page, simply accept whatever your inner self wants to monologue about in the moment.

No idea is off limits, out of range, taboo, or off target. There is no right or wrong. No holds barred.

It’s a method of churning ideas to the surface. To stir up what is hidden. Your initial thoughts can be explored and fleshed out more fully afterwards.

Especially useful when feeling blocked, backed up, or not particularly inclined to spill the beans. Trust in the process.

We will continue this learning in part two.
Activity: Compose a thoughtful poem and send to Rayofthought@gmail.com
Note:This will help you interact with me and fellow learners and the end a certificate will be issued to you via the mail you used.
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11 thoughts on “Learning How To Write Poetry | Part one

  1. I love writing, poems and stories in particular, I learnt a lot going through your work, it really got me enlighten.Thanks a lot. Waiting for the next part.

  2. As a twenty-year plus teacher of voice-acting and a published author, myself, I have great respect for Scott Outlar’s thoughtful, energizing presentation on poetry…it truly helps to set the creative spirit free. And thanks to the Ray of Thought team for orchestrating this educational event!

    1. Thank you so much Sir.
      With many years of experience in voice acting, you still found this useful

    2. Thank you for the kind thoughts, Robert-Allan. It’s good to hear that the information was inspiring. Ray of Thought is doing great things for the writing community, and I’m thankful to be a part of the event.

  3. I find this article really helpful,I was truly enlightened.
    I will submit my poem soon.

  4. I so much love poetry and this article is really helpful.
    I shall submit my poem soon

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