Another Poem…It Is Still April!

One of my faves…

You

The sound of your voice

stirs my soul

and I come alive.

Your fingers brush against my skin

sets me aflame

and I surrender to you.

It’s you I breathe.

Without you I’m not me.

It’s you I need. It’s you.

The feel of your body

close to mine,

the world disappears.

One glance from you

I lose all resolve

and give myself to you.

Because it’s you I breathe.

Without you I’m not me.

It’s you I need. It’s you.

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To Love, Not to Hold

Again, in honor of National Poetry Month, a poem:

To Love, But Not Hold

You’ve been given to me
To love, but not hold
You’re mine,
But can never be mine
You’re a part of my soul,
So much, you’re never know
I lose myself
I n everything
You do
Can’t you see how I long,
Long to be near you?
You’re on my mind
Every moment, every second
All of the time
So if I have to, I’ll wait
I’ll wait as long as it takes
I’ve waited longer for lesser things
For you’ve been given to me
To love, but not hold
And you’re all that I want,
All I’ll ever need

So What’s the Big Deal About Social Media?

Really? Okay, I know if you are a professional writer, you get social media. You know the power of it. You understand its reach. And you know how to make the most of it. Your clients, however, may not get it.

So here’s a basic truth: As a writer, it’s part of your job to educate your clients about the use of social media. Which aspects may work best for their business. How to use it to get their messaging out to their customers/potential customers. And how to excel at it. Because the fact is, if your clients aren’t using social media to collect, gather, and disseminate information, they are behind the 8 ball…a place no one wants to be.

So here’s what you need to know, and share with your clients, about the power of social media:

  • more than 1.5 BILLION people are currently online, with usage growing at a rate of 400% per year
  • of those 1.5 billion users, 22% use social media
  • 75% of online users go straight to a social network or blog when they log on
  • last year, the average user spent 6 hours per month on social media sites
  • only 19% of companies state that they are good or excellent at mining insight from social media

So what’s the big deal about social media? I think the numbers speak for themselves…start making the most of it, or get left behind.

My Ongoing Love Affair

Okay, I admit it. I have had an ongoing, lifelong love affair … with my dictionary. I can’t help it. I love discovering a new word that I haven’t heard of or used before and finding a way to strategically place it a new piece I am creating, or casually slipping it into conversation. What could be more fun than that? Okay, so maybe that are a THOUSAND and ONE things more fun than that, but not for a writer.

Take the following list of new discoveries: how many have you heard of? How many have you actually used in your writing? Would you even dare?

advertent: giving attention

bhakti: devotion to a deity constituting a way to salvation in Hinduism

bewray: divulge, betray

ceinture: a belt or sash for the waist

digamy: the second marriage after the first is terminated

If you’re a writer, your dictionary truly is your best friend, well, next to your thesaurus.

 

 

Eminem: What His Writing Can Teach You About Yours

That’s write, I said it. Eminem can teach you a lot about writing simply by listening to the tight lyrics he writes. It can be said that Eminem is a complicated artist, one who provokes pages of arguments – positive and negative – and his overall impact on our culture is for better or worse. But as a writer, few can touch what he’s managed to accomplish.

So pay attention: here’s what you can learn.

Read and Write Everything

Eminem started writing as a child, sanding the rough edges of his craft, knowing without doubt that the only thing that would get him out of the trailer park and into a better life was disciplined effort and endless practice.

He familiarized himself with the greats until storytelling was as natural to him as breathing is to everyone else. He may have started by imitating the pioneers, but he soon blended their legacy into his own style creating something that was like nothing else.

Edit Ruthlessly

Eminem’s best tracks harbor some of the tightest writing ever written. One has to wonder just how long he spends on each song, considering how securely each syllable is cemented in place.

Not only can he craft a compelling argument in prose, he can also rhyme words that shouldn’t rhyme, and pack more poetry into a verse than should be technically possible. Only fastidious editing can pull the written word so taut.

Write What you Know

One of the things that makes Eminem so powerful, so polarizing, is that his message is delivered without any filter whatsoever. Listening to his music is like tuning into a live therapy session. That’s why it’s easy to believe that he is writing directly from his heart and his unique set of experiences.

Start Strong, Finish Stronger

The best of Eminem’s songs achieve something rare in commercially produced music – they realize a powerful climax prior to their conclusion. Many of his songs are written as arguments, and it’s usually in his third verse when he drives his point home, often with a lyrical sledgehammer.

Be Concise and Use Powerful Sentences

Eminem pares his arguments down to the bone. His intuitive sense of flow allows him to seamlessly drift from the measured cadence of ordinary speech to an unrivaled intensity of verse, but it is always the power of his writing that enables him to drive his point home with such precision.

My advice: go out and listen to what he has to say. You will definitely learn something about the craft of writing.

Sharing Is Always Good, Right?

So I thought I’d share an excerpt from the book I just finished. I know, not exactly the type of content you might be looking for , but then again, we do learn from the writing of others.

Ambition

Ambition — a strong desire for achievement, fame, or power

What It Is

Ambition has always been that which drives individuals forward. It’s what motivates us as a society to achieve more than our ancestors. The relentless pursuit of excellence, wealth, fame, power, whatever your desire may be, is not, in and of itself, a bad thing, right? However, when ambition takes total control of your life, to the point that you no longer care who you step on to get what you want, you may need to stop and ask yourself, “Have I crossed the line?” Yeah, I think the chances are pretty good that you have.

Be ambitious. Chase after your dreams and see them through. Be strong and persevere when others tell you that what you want is nothing more than a pipe dream. No one ever achieved great success, saw dreams come true, by giving up. But be careful in your pursuits; like everything else in life, carrying your ambition forward is a balancing act between achievement at all cost and giving in, giving up. To that end, neither extreme will ever serve you well.

Now go out and be ambitious; chase your dreams and make them come true.

Writing at the Speed of Light

I’ll let you in on a little secret: Writing at the speed of light isn’t as hard if you have your technique down cold. Of course, you have to have a grip on the technique, and that’s what trips up most writers in the first place, right?

We have the vision. We’re swimming in creativity. But we’re drowning in our own need for perfection. Word of advice: Let it go. No matter what words you choose, regardless of the voice and tone you select, no matter how carefully you craft the style, you will never achieve perfection. So get over it. If you don’t, you will never get the words on the page written and the work out the door.

The speed of light technique: Focus, write, revise. At some point you have to decide that your work is actually finished and move on.