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Whether you write rhymes or raps, poetry, blogs, articles, stories, or novels, the following quotes are profound and inspirational enough to help you become a seasoned writer simply by the message these quotes convey from one of my all-time favorite rap artists, Tupac Shakur.

 

  1. “Don’t believe everything you hear. Real eyes, Realize, Real lies.”

I had an English teacher in High School, who was a Rolling Stones’ fan, who told us on several occasions, as if to drill it into our heads, “To question everything you hear.”  Her concept goes hand in hand with Pac’s quote.  To be a better writer you have to decipher fact from fiction to report the truth, even if it’s your own personal perception you are exuding. For someone else to adopt it, you have to support it with evidence – indisputable   proof.  Common sense definitely has to come into play, and yet still, that may not be enough.  In researching anything, you can often find two opposing viewpoints posing as the truth.  Then what?  Perhaps a picture is worth a thousand words… Or perhaps there is a gray area.

 

  1. “Reality is wrong. Dreams are for real.”

Without imagination, even reality is mundane. If you can’t conceive it, how can you believe it?  This ideology is embedded in the concept conveyed by The Secret, based on the law of attraction, which claims that one’s thoughts can change the world directly.  Writing that is not infused by imagination, which is directly tied to creativity, is simply uninspiring.  We want to be wowed, moved, changed -somehow.  We want magic not actuality.  We want to be removed from our current existence and be introduced to a totally new feeling or vibration, outside of our current realm.

 

  1. “…If I upset you don’t stress; never forget, that God isn’t finished with me yet.”

Every good writer who has something meaningful or thoughtful to say, will undoubtedly offend someone at some point, whether intentionally or inadvertently.  Eventually a writer may even say something totally preposterous and absurdly untrue and hurtful.  That’s okay, because a good writer will learn from their feedback and their mistakes to improve.

 

  1. “People die but legends live forever.”

 

A good writer is legendary.  Think about all the greats, -all the deceased writers whose works are still being read, from William Shakespeare to Langston Hughes.  As a writer you should strive to make your works renowned and historical. To do this, check out: 10 Tips to Being A legendary Writer. https://medium.com/@PoeticMC/10-tips-to-being-a-legendary-writer-2589b1a4404f

 

  1. “We all grow. We’re made to grow. You either evolve or you disappear.”

 

A good writer has to change with the times, be it writing style or keeping abreast of what’s popular and trending.  To stay current there are an abundance of things one can do, check out: 10 Tips on How to Stay Current as A Writer. https://medium.com/@PoeticMC/10-tips-on-how-to-stay-current-as-a-writer-499b20027a42  With writing consistently you can only become a better writer, so more often than not your writing evolution is inevitable, but it still helps to know what’s hot right now and even more importantly what will be trendy in the future; but even more significant and beneficial, is knowing what is classic and timeless and will transcend or be welcomed in any time or era, across all generations.

 

  1. “I’m not saying I’m gonna change the world, but I guarantee that I will spark the brain that will change the world.”

This quote is significant to any good writer’s purpose in writing, -to evolve change.  If your hypothesis or message can evolve or inspire the mind of anyone who can ignite change, then a seed has been planted, which is all any writer could ever hope to do for their audience, to have made an impression or help improve another’s life with their point of view.

 

  1. “Is it a crime, to fight, for what is mine?”

Debate, speculation and theory, -all elements utilized by writers to convey their ideas, despite the negative reception it may elicit, but none the less it is the writer’s way of exercising their right to freedom of speech. A good writer tries to leave little wiggle room for discussion or deliberation by addressing counter arguments before they even arise.  It’s no wrongdoing, it’s simply disputing one’s belief. What are we without our beliefs?  Discover for yourself. https://poeticmc.wordpress.com/2018/10/09/what-are-we-without-our-beliefs/  or https://medium.com/@PoeticMC/what-are-we-without-our-beliefs-b35b4ec15559

 

  1. “There’s nobody in the business strong enough to scare me.”

It is my essential belief that we as writers are never in competition with each other because we are all individuals that bring something totally different to the table.  Even at a potluck, you may have two of the same dishes, but just like a finger print, they ultimately taste different, as maybe the chef went heavier on the spices on one dish than the other.  We all bring something new and fresh to the table, so I simply can’t be intimidated by the next writer, who more than likely has another writing style, genre and audience than I do.  I see other writers as resources, -someone to learn from or network with.  There is enough readership to go around for everyone.  People generally have a wide array of genres and writing styles they enjoy.  For example, I enjoy Rap, Rock and R&B, and in each genre, I have a plethora of artists I love, -the same applies to the writing arena.  If anything, it would be beneficial to find common ground with the next writer in order to fan share or garner exposure.

 

  1. “I don’t see myself being special; I just see myself having more responsibilities than the next man. People look to me to do things for them, to have answers.”

The key here with this quote that relates to writers, is to have answers.  People read for entertainment, information, to gain knowledge, wisdom, an escape, inspiration and the like, -but it all adds up to answers. As writers we aren’t special, we just have a strong opinion or perhaps something to say that is so intrinsic in our being that if we don’t get it out, it will eat us up inside.  As writers we also have responsibilities, check them out here: 10 Responsibilities Writers Should Take Note Of. https://medium.com/@PoeticMC/10-responsibilities-writers-should-take-note-of-89790b4d2b3e

 

  1. “The realest people don’t have a lot of friends.”

Neither do good writers.  Not everyone is a fan if you are a good and effective writer.  You can’t woo or please everyone, and neither should you.  It’s good to get under someone’s skin every now and then to ensure you are effective as a writer.  Controversy sells a lot more often than the heart-warming stories there is a lack of on the news, which is all for a reason.  Will people tune into the good, like they do the bad?  Everyone stops and slows to see a road accident, but how many will slow and stop for someone who may need a jump start, -case and point.  People flock to bad news like a moth to a flame compared to that of the good or non-controversial news.  Thus, bad news, controversial writers -who keep it real, don’t make a lot of friends.

 

  1. “We can never go nowhere unless we share with each other.”

A big part of the writing process, to actually connect to a reader, is being vulnerable, sharing intricate and sometimes private moments and experiences, that others can relate to on some level or empathize with.  Only then can you as a writer go places, -as in reach a larger audience or be a vessel for change.

 

  1. “If God wanted me to be quiet he would’ve never showed me what he does.”

Writing is a calling, whether you have the talent for it, a way with words, a passion for it, love of it, or know just what to say, that readers want to hear.

 

  1. “Whatever you see you gotta keep a sense of humor; you gotta be able to smile through all the bullshit.”

Writing is an industry that means rejection time and time again, it’s good to keep a sense of humor and not give up.  It’s such an overly saturated arena in this day and age, it’s hard to be heard through all the noise, but your audience doesn’t have to exceed that of Michael Jackson’s for you to flourish or succeed.

 

  1. “Don’t leave this world without giving it your all.”

Writing, -good writing will keep you alive past your days.  Review quote # 4.  A good writer will pour out their soul, blood, sweat and tears…

 

  1. “Even the genius ask questions.”

Good writers are curious and stay curious.  They even ask the rhetorical questions to make a point.  They want to stretch your brain and your belief system, to make you even question yourself, to know if your understanding and faith is secure or can be compromised. Check out 10 Questions Writers Should Ask of Their Audience to Challenge Their Thinking. https://medium.com/@PoeticMC/10-questions-writers-should-ask-of-their-audience-to-challenge-their-thinking-d6e540443607

 

  1. “Don’t live to fight, fight to live.”

If we look at writing as a form of fighting, which it is and clearly could be if one writes for social reform or to bring about change or awareness, some writers do live to write, opposed to writing to live.  If we wrote in order to live, meaning made our existence depend upon it, how much more consistent and brilliant at it would we be?  How many more lives could we influence or inspire? How much more potent and prominent would we be as writers?

 

  1. “Out of anger comes controversy, out of controversy comes conversation, out of conversation comes action.”

 

Writing -good writing, reads like a conversation in some instances, fluid and engaging.  When a writer is angry enough about an issue, they then become passionate enough to say something, which would come across as controversial -for when we say things out of anger, we don’t necessarily censor or words, they are infused with rage and “hateful speech” or even passion -right?  Then comes the communication, which then inspires action -when someone is inspired to make a change or do something to settle the conflict -so to speak, based on that conversation.

 

  1. “Do everything you can to make it around the system, over the system, or out the system.”

 

Writing is another mechanism to get around, over and out of the system in the sense in America we are blessed to have freedom of speech, of course, we do have the freedom of expression, but it does not mean that it is without consequence.  As we all know, many who have exercised this freedom did end up silenced (to death) a lot of the times, be it Martin Luther King, Jr. or even Malcolm X.  I use these two prolific and inspiring writers and speakers as an example because no matter what side of the coin you are on, if the topic you rally for is a controversial one, the same outcome is imminent. I say this to remind writers to tread lightly.  Freedom of speech is your inherent right, but it comes with immense responsibility.   What are you willing to sacrifice for freedom of expression?

 

  1. “When you do rap albums, you got to train yourself. You got to constantly be in character.”

Writers no less have a Writer’s Voice, and even fiction writers are constantly changing hands in the face of every character they must convey in their stories.  One of the golden rules one of my college professors in English Literature conveyed to us was, that you should never write the way you speak, and even though this was in relation to essays, I find more often than not, it applies across the board.

 

  1. “I would rather be stricken blind, than to live without expression of mind.” 

Ain’t that the truth? Need I say more? If this isn’t a mantra of every writer, I don’t know what is…

  1. “Pay no mind to those who talk behind your back, it simply means that you are 2 steps ahead.”

 

It’s best to refer to quote # 10 in regard to this quote.  Haters as I will refer to those who talk behind your back or ridicule your work, are essential to every good writer.  You have to appreciate haters the same way you would a fan.  Haters are motivational fans, think about it: they took the time to read your work and gave their honest review.  How many positive fans may have lied to you and only read the first paragraph?  A bad review or backlash should motivate you to be better next time if their criticism is constructive.  It should cause you to evaluate whether you have bias or didn’t cover all your bases.  If it isn’t constructive, well at least your hater took the time, wasting precious moments of their life, to be crass, and it fell upon your deaf ears, -no harm, no foul.  Check out: Critics, Haters and Constant Debaters, Why You Ought to Love Them. https://letterpile.com/personal-essays/Critics-Haters-Constant-Debaters

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I’d like to believe we are free and open minded enough to receive a different perspective or eye-view we previously didn’t understand or comprehend, but more often than not, because most of the human populace are sheep, it’s simply not the case.

We rely on popular culture to tell us what we want, who we are, what we should look like, how we should act, and even what we should do, and we don’t question it, because asking the relevant questions is just too hard and will put us at a disadvantage in being the odd man out.  We all want to fit in and be a part of the norm, right?

Before I define what the norm is and why we need to shift from it, -with a quickness, I figure I need to define: what it is we want, who we are, what we should look like, how we should act, and even what we should do according to pop cult, as mentioned above.

I use pop cult here opposed to popular culture because it can be poetically defined and takes on the full definition, in my opinion, of what popular culture is, pop -meaning quickly populated, to the likes of a popcorn kernel instantly popping into the delicious, buttery confection we all love, in this context, and cult implying all the negative meanings that come to mind primarily exemplifying a group of brainwashed, vulnerable people who are taken gross advantage of. Yes, society is an instant zombie sect (pop cult), and we need brains because we have lost all rationale.

What it is we want…

Can be defined according to pop cult as the American Dream, I’d surmise, the fancy two story house with picket fence, 2.5 kids and what is life without Fido?  Prosperity via hard work, and how hard do we have to work to pay for that mortgage and luxury sports cars?  That’s one reason I have to give it to the millennials, who have denounced the idea of accumulation and adopted the minimalist lifestyle, to acquire experiences opposed to material possessions.  (Check out my poem for further explanation: “For the Better” https://theprose.com/post/218600/for-the-better   https://poeticmc.wordpress.com/2018/06/06/for-the-better/ )

After all we can’t take all our accumulation with us when we leave, and even if you pass it all down in your will, what’s the guarantee that your next of kin will have any use for it or can afford the affiliated costs that come with it, be it storage, space, HOA fees, insurance, etc.?  It’s like passing on your debt, unless the inheritance can be sold.

Humorist Robert Quillen said it best in defining the concept of “Americanism: Using money you haven’t earned to buy things you don’t need to impress people you don’t like.”

Who we are…

Pop cult tells us we are sheep, susceptible to the 3 to 5 minutes of brainwashing ad campaigns every 15 minutes, they shoot our way across all mediums, be it television, phone, internet, road signs, flyers in the streets, signs and wall hangings at every business and corporation, -the marketing never ends, -we even dream it.

What we should look like…

Pop cult tells us we need to look like Barbie and Ken, just more ripped now a days (and that applies to both genders). You can’t look like Homer Simpson in this era, you have to have a 6 to 12 pack with bulging muscles.  Ladies have to be stacked in the back and the front to the likes of Kim Kardashian and Dolly Parton with a waist disproportionate to such a physique, -I’m talking tiny, and hour glass of course.

How we should act…

I could probably write a multitude here, but why waste my breath if it falls upon deaf ears, as I am sure more sheep will read this than those who are wokish, if I can use that terminology here.  I’ll just say pop cult sets parameters for how each culture should act, because we could never be a collective group…

What we should do…

Aside from work, eat, sleep, repeat, again the caste system is interpreted for us via the brainwashing circuit… oops, -I keep forgetting we’re all zombies, in need of brains to survive…  Therefore, pop cult tells us we should do what sheep do and all that baa, baa, baa (opposed to expletives) …

To define what the norm is and why we need to shift from it, -with a quickness, it should be clear as crystal, apparent, in an era of the repeated civil rights and social reform movements of: “Me Too”, “Black Lives Matter”, “Blue Lives Matter”, “All Lives Matter” and “National School Walkout” for gun regulation.  But with all these movements, the only thing that we see that matters, is the money and the power.  Has anything changed yet? I mean was putting Bill Cosby in prison, an 81-year-old elderly man, who is blind with deteriorating health, a real win, or is it better late than never, since the accusations started back in the 60’s?

In all honesty, I can’t make any justifications or exceptions for Mr. Cosby, despite him being a positive role model for the African American community with the Cosby Show and Fat Albert and his endorsement of pudding and comedic routines, but at this point I see it as no different than a mask or guise to the likes of Catholic Priests who pray with, and for you on one hand, and prey on children on the other, with the multiple cases of child molestation across the world.  (This is a sickness; beware of wolves in sheep’s clothing ladies and gentlemen.)

All these movements speak to the same premise, we all want justice, but beyond that, to live in a society free of violence, -be it gun violence, sexual abuse and rape or being beaten beyond capacity or shot 16 times, or to live one’s life in fear.

Not to stray too far off topic, and to address the original question: what are we without our beliefs? I have to say we are free thinkers.  Everything we are indoctrinated to believe, whether it comes from the psychological manipulation of media marketing, or the beliefs your parents instilled in you early on, are mechanisms of control if you can’t get out of your head and see right from wrong.  There is no gray area when it comes to right and wrong.  Karma or God, the universe, however you want to define it, is a supreme ruler when it comes to making right, what is wrong, but eventually we need to get out of the pop cult, take off the zombie costumes and become the sheep dog, -the protector of the flock, opposed to being the sheep, because who else will?  We can’t be that brainless, -that caught up in our beliefs -whether we rationalize or justify what we believe on a religious basis or superiority complex, that these movements can’t move, -can’t change society where it needs to be changed.  Are you woke or are you a “Z” in the Pop Cult?  It’s up to you to decide.

On that note, I’ll leave you with a pertinent quote that comes to mind from En Vogue, “Free your mind and the rest will follow.” You can see the video here: https://youtu.be/i7iQbBbMAFE

 

***Woke as defined by the Urban Dictionary, definition # 2, states: “Getting woke is like being in the Matrix and taking the red pill. You get a sudden understanding of what’s really going on and find out you were wrong about much of what you understood to be truth.”

Urban Dictionary. Math Police. (2017). Woke. Retrieved October 8, 2018 from https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Woke

 

 

 

 

 

 

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In defining my ten tips to being a legendary writer, I think it’s best to evaluate some legendary writers and what they bring to the table.

Take William Shakespeare for example, who is timeless and legendary for: his way with words, the fact he was a wordsmith who created some words we even use today, and was one of the first writers to use modern prose, his subject matter encompassing love, revenge, death, suicide, adultery, murder, -all still relevant in our era, his colorful characters, his fusion of drama, comedy,  action and fantasy.

Take Zora Neale Hurston as another example who is widely read even today, though born in 1891, whose works are colorfully descriptive, emotionally infused and engrossing.

Even Oscar Wilde can be called legendary as his works are still well read, his literature being witty, comedic, obscene and controversial.

Langston Hughes was yet another legendary writer best known as an innovator of a new literary art form known as jazz poetry which can be defined as poetry that imitates jazz music according to its rhythm and style and incorporates improvisation as well.

Walt Whitman is another legendary writer in that he is credited with being a free verse poet, manifesting the idea of the individual self, and being controversial in that his poetic imagery heavily exuded sexuality.

A wealth of knowledge can be gained from these five legends alone, though they are few of many, but to summarize the credence they offer in defining what is required to be a legendary writer, I present the following:

 

10 Tips to Being A Legendary Writer

  1. Timelessness
  2. Substance
  3. The Human Experience
  4. Innovation
  5. Wit
  6. Soul
  7. Sexuality
  8. Controversy
  9. Comedy
  10. Individuality

 

These ten tips defined embody the following ideologies:

  1. Timelessness – Produce a work that can transcend all generations and eras, something that all generations can buy into and adopt through the ages.
  2. Substance – Produce a work that has significance, validity and importance, something that matters and can make a difference.
  3. The Human Experience – Produce a work that speaks to every human beings’ existence, something we can all relate to on some level, as did Shakespeare with his themes of love, death and vengeance, etc.
  4. Innovation – Start a new movement with your writing as did Hughes and Whitman, deviate from the norm, do something different that has not been done before.
  5. Wit – Use intelligence in your writing, infuse wisdom, morals, knowledge and education in your works as people want to learn, man has an insatiable hunger for knowledge.
  6. Soul – Infuse emotion in your works, be vulnerable, let your intellect and your heart work simultaneously to move your pen, people want to feel and experience your words on the page, not just read words; mental stimulation is not enough, appeal to all their senses.
  7. Sexuality – As we all know, sex sells, and honestly, it’s not just sex, -it’s creation, -it embodies our very existence, we would not be here without it, -no wonder it’s a subject that is always on the forefront, it’s what life is all about, -a sacred union for the sake of life going on.
  8. Controversy – We weren’t meant to live without it, what human being hasn’t experienced controversy at some point? Every story has a conflict, just as our very lives are wrought with conflict in reality.  Without it, we would not be propelled or motivated to have or become something better, and a story would lack substance.
  9. Comedy – This is the opposing layer and just as needed as controversy in writing, as in life. We would perish without it, why else would we have dopamine, oxytocin, serotonin and endorphins? Every legendary writer infuses humor in their story as it is an integral part of the human experience.
  10. Individuality – All great and legendary writers must separate or distinguish themselves from the norm or mediocre writers who still haven’t discovered their individual voice, or that which makes them different or more specifically, unique. What is that thing that sets you apart from every other writer out there?

 

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  1. You have to take responsibility for what you say, as much as you take ownership of what you write. That means if you inspired another to detonate a bomb, whether this person was in a healthy mental state of mind or not, you have to be accountable.  That’s not to say assume all the guilt, but it is to say be mindful always.  Words have power, that you as a writer, give them, they can heal or destroy; what choice will you make for your words?
  2. There is researching and being inspired, and then there is down right thievery. Picasso said, “Good artists copy, great artists steal” but did not mean it literally.  Always pay homage to the works of other writers by quoting them and using citation.  To take another’s concept and improve upon it making it indistinguishable from it’s original state isn’t down right thievery and is acceptable.  Take responsibility when using the work of others to do the right thing; plagiarism is illegal when it infringes on another writers’ intellectual property rights, copyright and trademark.
  3. Be responsible enough to check your sources and references when disclosing a truth or something factual or statistical. It’s inevitable you will more often than not find opposing views on the same topic, but that’s when common sense has to come into play and perhaps even checking the credibility of the reporter if need be.
  4. Know that what you say, doesn’t always directly affect you and you alone, but can quite possibly affect your family and friends as well. Have you ever felt the need to delete a long-time friend on Facebook for an opposing or radical view they had and revealed on Facebook, that made you question if you ever even really knew them at all to begin with?   Or perhaps maybe you received some ill treatment or unfavorable commentary because your spouse wrote something distasteful on a forum or social website or blog.  Be responsible for what you write because it doesn’t necessarily only affect you.
  5. It may seem like long shot but editing and grammar are significant when it comes to responsibilities of a writer because what you write is just as important as how you write it. Readers judge you on how you write, it can exude your educational level, and quite frankly if you aren’t coherent and your writing isn’t an easy read, your writing simply won’t be read.
  6. It is your responsibility as a writer to remain tactful and in good taste when it comes to responding to your critics about your writing. If you believe in freedom of speech, you should extend the courtesy to those who find fault with your work as well.  Let them say their peace, don’t take it to heart, not everyone will admire or appreciate your work, so what?  Is it causing you any harm or discord in your life? You wasting energy responding in expletives to your critics could run off your fan base or other potential readers and responders. “Be kind to unkind people. They need it the most.” ~Dalai Lama XIV Check out: Critics, Haters and Constant Debaters, Why You Ought to Love Them.
  7. Protecting your writing. Be sure you write your name on every publication you put out and even © if need be, whether publishing in print or online.
  8. Your response, this is beyond your control, and maybe there is no way to prepare for an astronomical response or no response whatsoever to your work, and that’s not to say don’t have expectations, but you never know how a written work or publication will do. Never count your chickens before they hatch as the old adage goes, but know there are steps you can take to gain a bigger audience for your works, or if your response is beyond your wildest dreams and you are suddenly flung into a multitudinous frenzy of book publishers hurling book contacts your way, you can always hire a publicist and lawyer to help you navigate those hurdles.
  9. Your rejections. Taking ownership or responsibility for your rejections is no easy task, but the key is to never give up, it’s like finding your prince or princess, you either have to kiss a lot of frogs or a lot of booger-wolfs before you find your perfect mate, a.k.a. book deal or publisher.  If you didn’t adhere to the company’s or website’s publishing policies or writing criteria, be it word criteria or format, you have to own your mistake and try to do better next time.
  10. Where you publish your works is just as important as what you publish and should perhaps sit hand in hand. It’s best to make sure what you publish and where matches the target market of the website or publishing company, otherwise your writing may fall on deaf ears or not gain a big readership.  This is a mistake I make time and time again, however, it can still work out for you in the sense you may draw in your target market in the future and at least it lends you a bigger and stronger presence on the web.

 

Happy Writing & Write Responsibly!

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  1. Do your Research

Meaning stay abreast of present events and what is going on in the world right now, know your topic inside and out to include the history, challenges, benefits, present day views on the subject matter and so forth. Review trends, statistics, unusual factors, oddities, and the trendsetters in the arena your topic of interest incorporates.

  1. Benchmark those whose level you’d like to evolve to

Study and survey those who impress you in the same arena or circle of interest you are in; it doesn’t mean carbon copy, just take away the things they do that you feel confident in including in your agenda or strategies to get you to the top of your game.  What are they doing that makes them effective? Can you do the same?

  1. Think outside the Box

When you think about all the famous cat characters from Garfield to Tom (from Tom & Jerry), to Sylvester (from Warner Brothers), Hello Kitty and even Heathcliff, they all differ in some fashion, -not just from one’s standard viewpoint, but personality as well, though they may share some common ground, such as how Tom and Garfield are always at someone else’s throat, be it Jerry or Odie.  You have to use that same kind of comparison to differentiate yourself in your standard arena.  What are you doing differently?  How can you differentiate yourself and what you bring to the table, whether it’s a different look or persona?

  1. Innovate

What has not been said?  What has not been done in your industry or on your topic?  What can you bring to the table, that has never been brought to the table before?  Go deeper than a table setting, bring a whole new dish. What are others afraid to say or discuss?  Take on a forbidden topic on the matter?  Debate an idea on the topic you don’t agree with.  Whatever it is, bring a brand spanking new, fresh and untouched topic or idea or theory to the table.

  1. Read, Read, Read

The more you read the more you know, how else is knowledge acquired?  It doesn’t have to just be the news or educational resources, sometimes ideas and knowledge are acquired through imagination, -read a fantasy or sci-fi novel, sometimes these kinds of books spark ideas you hadn’t previously thought of, or they bring about a new awareness.

  1. Watch, Watch, Watch

If you have little time or quiet space to read and comprehend what you are reading, you can always watch: documentaries, news, non-fiction flicks about real world events and the like, while you work, that are pertinent to your subject matter or industry.

  1. Honesty

This is an important one to staying current as a writer, report the facts, tell the truth, support your statements with proof, facts, statistics, events, quotes, -even a picture is worth a thousand words, better yet incorporate video footage if need be, but always show and prove, be honest. Be a writer and resource readers can trust beyond a reasonable doubt, it makes you credible, thus keeping your current and relevant.

  1. Vulnerability

As much as I personally hate getting personal about my own experiences, sometimes it creates a connection with your reader or audience.  If they know you, they come to trust you, and an article or blog piece starts to have a feel of a letter from an old friend.  Take those “Dear Abby” columns for example, they were close and personal were they not?  Would anonymous writers have written her if they didn’t feel comfortable with her or if there wasn’t a level of trust or familiarity?  Vulnerability will allow you to stay current as a writer in the sense it shows you have real world experiences, no different from the average Joe, you become relatable and more human and that is a quality that never gets old.

  1. Rationality

Logic is key in staying current, if you bring nothing else to the table, readers want to read intelligible scribe that they can relate to or learn from.  That doesn’t mean you have to use overly sophisticated language that would require a Dictionary or Thesaurus to write, always consider your audience.  Use layman’s terms, something the average reader can comprehend and understand.  Use slang and clichés sparingly and only if it fits the feel or theme of your piece and appeals to your audience.  Be a smart and witty, intellectual writer to stay current, that’s something that spans through the hands of time.

  1. Challenge the Status Quo

Without a challenge how can anything or anyone get better, improve or grow?  Decipher or identify a fresh and progressive means to accomplishing your goal or writing endeavor.  This adds value and helps you stay relevant, useful and thus current.  It goes hand in hand with innovation. How has it always been done and why?  How can the process be improved upon? Can you do the total opposite and acquire a larger viewership?

 

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  1. Why do you believe in what you believe in?
  2. How has what you have always done or currently do, helped you evolve?
  3. What do you think? What is your opinion or viewpoint on the matter? 
  4. What is your experience on the matter? How do you relate to this topic?
  5. Who are you? How do you define yourself?
  6. What can you do to improve or change things? What actions can you take to remedy this issue?
  7. Are you innocent or guilty, a victim or the perpetrator? Which side of the debate do you stand on?
  8. Is it now or never? Will you commit?
  9. Are you healed? Are you enlightened?  Do you feel better or revitalized? 
  10. Can you utilize these resources and if so, how so? What is your plan?

 

These questions are not questions a writer would ask of their readers directly but are the perceived or conscious questions that different kinds of writing can bring about.  For example, questions “1. Why do you believe in what you believe in?” and “7. Are you innocent or guilty, a victim or the perpetrator? Which side of the debate do you stand on?” is in direct relation to writing that challenges ones views or insights, by showing the reader another point of view on the topic to challenge their belief system, in which maybe they learn something about themselves, which is reflective of question “5. Who are you?  How do you define yourself?”

Questions “2. How has what you have always done or currently do, helped you evolve?” and “8. Is it now or never? Will you commit?” challenges readers to make changes in their lives and may be related to motivational writing related to topics such as fitness, health or addiction.

Question “10. Can you utilize these resources and if so, how so?  What is your plan?” corresponds with informational writing, or news and educational writing features.

Question “9. Are you healed?  Are you enlightened?  Do you feel better or revitalized?” can be in relation to writing for the sake of entertainment or self-improvement.

Finally, questions “3. What do you think?  What is your opinion or viewpoint on the matter?” and “4. What is your experience on the matter? How do you relate to this topic?” are in a readers direct interest, referencing writing that is reflective of real-world views that all people can relate to on some level, such as the “Me Too” Movement -involving Harvey Weinstein, Bill Cosby, and Brett Kavanaugh.

And last but not least question “6. What can you do to improve or change things? What actions can you take to remedy this issue?” are a call to readers to take action, which embrace writings that want to evolve change, such as the “Black Lives Matter” and “Blue Lives Matter” movements.

 

For the better…

Posted: June 6, 2018 in poetry
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Too much of nothing can change a man…

For the better…

For all who accumulate are slaves to their accumulations

For you have to house it

Protect it and perhaps pay for it

Again and again and again

You can’t take it with you when you go

And how do you exactly know

If you will have anyone to hand it off to

In the end

And will they keep it

Care for it

Slave for it

-As you did?

When you compare the minimalist lifestyles

To those of the decadent

Is it really so magnificent

To discover

Psychologically

We manipulate people

Systems

Biology

And ourselves to

Drive luxury vehicles

And inhabit houses with more rooms

Than we need fill

With finery to impress others

Who could positively

At sheer will

Not give 2 fucks

About you or me

Or our possessions

To feel that much taller

In our smaller minds

Working numerous hours overtime

Neglecting all

Who should matter

Too much of nothing can change a man…

For the better…

Take the backpacker

With nothing but a satchel upon his back

Who trades accumulation for experience

Because in the end

Will what you have even matter

When you thrive on the pattern

Of remembering your existence

As the things you did

How you lived

What and who you saw and met

Along the way

(Who looks back to ponder all the accumulation

They collected over their lifetime)

Are the diamonds more beautiful

That the Egyptian sunset

Or the rushing waves on the beaches of Malawi

But you’d have fortune instead of adventure

And wonder why your mind ventures

To make the statement

“Too much of nothing can change a man…”

Because you will most assuredly

Reference the title line in the end…

The Dropped Note

Posted: June 6, 2018 in writing
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Human beings, being a naturally curious species, in all things, -whether being a spectator on the highway to witness a car accident or even the child who curiously touches the fire, explains why I had to pick up the opened envelope, holding a letter, in the park that day. It had no return address, so I couldn’t return it to the sender, and while it did have an addressee, after reading the letter, I understood why they would have cause to drop it or abandon it. And I understood why I shouldn’t re-mail it to the recipient.

Perhaps the owner placed it in the overfilled park garbage container and it fell to the ground and blew away in the wind until it straddled the tree I found it under. It was handwritten. The writing was in plain print, not cursive or fancy. The letters were straight and neat, not too big and not too small. It was legible, perhaps well thought out, the writer wasn’t in a hurry or an emotional wreck.

It read:

Dear Monte,

I’m glad you grew up in a loving home. I knew I couldn’t give you one, but at least I know someone’s prayers were answered. I didn’t want to be found, not by you or anyone. I’d be lying if I told you that I wanted you, because the truth is, I didn’t even want myself. I was reluctant in writing this letter, but realized I should give you an explanation since you were respectful enough to write to request to meet me, and I couldn’t ignore you, just in case you decided to show up at my door. I don’t know how to sugar coat this, so I’ll write it plainly. I was raped when I was 14 by my paternal uncle, numerous times, and you were the result. I’ve never told anyone this. You are now the only one who knows. If I told you, you don’t want to know the truth or that it would hurt you, would you have only desired to know it more? I hate to tell you this, and I hope it doesn’t cast a shadow on your existence. I have no doubt you are loved and were meant to be here. I’ve often heard it said, that God doesn’t make mistakes. I lied to my mom who was a single parent and an alcoholic about my pregnancy because I was afraid of what my uncle would do to me. I knew I couldn’t keep you because I didn’t want you exposed to this life, or the world I lived in. I can’t say I’ve escaped my existence because I’ve become my mother, -only alcohol isn’t my only addiction. One thing we have in common, if nothing else, is opening Pandora’s box. It seems to be the theme of my life. I don’t want it to be the theme of your life. So get rid of this letter and dispose of this truth, even from your mind. The only thing you need to know about your existence, or your parentage, is that you are the only worthy thing that has transpired in my life -to know you had all the love and opportunities I didn’t, and that I wish I could give you under differing circumstances. I wish you all the success and happiness in this world that can be had, so never look back, only forward from this day forward.

Sincerely,

Beverly

I kept this letter with me throughout the years, as a reminder, that some truths no matter how much we long to know them, simply aren’t revealed so easily for a reason. Even me, picking up this note I found by the old oak in the park, is synonymous with barking up the wrong tree, literally. Sometimes our curiosity gets the better of us. Sometimes, we should remain in the dark… I think Monte chose to be in the end, by losing this letter.

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She was beautiful

But nobody saw her soul

-Only her burned flesh

 

She was beautiful

But nobody saw her mind

-Only her body

 

She was beautiful

But nobody saw her heart

-Only her anger

 

She was beautiful

But nobody saw her dreams

-Only her vile life

 

She was beautiful

But nobody saw her hope

-Only her despair

 

She was beautiful

But nobody saw her light

-Only her darkness

 

She was beautiful

But nobody saw her grace

-Only her unease

 

She was beautiful

But nobody saw her smile

-Only her sad tears

 

She was beautiful

But nobody saw her fate

-Only her perils

 

And thus her beauty

Faded under her newly

Adopted eye view

 

Here’s to the fools who

Couldn’t see your beauty, but

-I’m looking at you…

Bacon

Posted: May 2, 2018 in poetry
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I sizzle for you

My aroma

The allure of your behest

Infiltrating your nostrils

Mesmerizing your palate

To partake,

The crispness of my body

Shakes upon your flame

And you don’t even know my name

But I’m just so very glad you came

Just one more thing remains

I want to taste you

Like you taste me

Discover all the ambiguities

And sacred inequities

Of your mouth,

I want to embrace your tongue

And make you swallow,

My flavor more potent

Than your very virtue,

I want you to digest me fully

Until your body is amply satisfied

Then do it all over again,

I want to become your addiction

One and only

Thrive on me

Live for me

For we are each other’s destiny

Flesh for flesh

Enrapture me

I love the way you finger me

And lift me on high

Sing to me

Sweet lullabies

Or what you call grace

Eat me, eat me

Every minute of the day

I want to be the recipe

That you savor,

After all,

You have to admit

My essence and piquancy

Is absolutely amazing

I’ll leave your taste buds

Craving,

Make me your dish

Your succulent wish,

I see you salivating

For me,

I got your mouth watering

Completely,

Come,

Complete me,

Devour me whole

And I promise I will fortify your soul

From your bowels to your

Heart

I’ll do more than my part

To please you

After all the stresses and strife

Of the day

I’ll be your foreplay,

Main Course

And dessert,

I mix well with chocolate

Mark my words

We’ll be the greatest 3 meal course

Served hot

In all of the world,

And when I finish baby

You’ll be a well-versed

Culinary expert

In the cuisine of my love

Don’t leave this BACON waiting

You know you want

A

Bite

Of

Her…