Author: Daeus

Eight More Tips to Help You Become an Excellent Poet

Welcome to the second installment of my article on poetry. (If you haven’t read the first set of tips, access it here.) Let’s continue! 1. Repeat Lines Sparingly If you read “Excelsior” like I recommended, then you’ve seen how repetition can enhance a poem. Another great example is the last line in Robert Frost’s “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening,” which gives the poem a deep emotional aura. Many poets recognize the power of repetition, but sometimes they overuse it. Think of repeated lines as similar to a punchline. If you hit readers hard over and over again, they’ll...

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Nine Tips to Help You Become an Excellent Poet

Kingdom Pen has been receiving a steady stream of poetry submissions for a long time, but this summer they doubled. Pleasantly surprised, the KP staff convened to discuss what to do and resolved to be more selective about which poems to accept. Although the decision was tough, we were also excited about it. We are confident that raising the bar will bring out the best in our dauntless young poets. We also realized how much our subscribers love writing poetry. Kingdom Pen has published only a few articles on poetry composition, but that is changing. Lady and gentlemen poets,...

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I, Windkeeper

I, apprentice of storytelling Seeking to hold the wind in a cage Broken by trials unending The world will not fit on my page I, windkeeper, am searching for answers How can I spread wide the truth? Wisdom directs me to singers and dancers And old men regretting their youth For life is a joy and a pain and a yearning And a man who learns best is constantly turning With a spin from his Maker man goes round, round, round And he rises the highest who falls to the ground So this is the rule by which I...

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Five Reasons You Aren’t Writing Your Dream Novel

Grab a paper and pencil, because this isn’t an article you can just read and ignore. Instead, you’ll be forced to examine yourself and identify what’s hindering you from writing the book you dream about. Because, let’s face it, most of us haven’t achieved our aspirations. We’re in despair because our writing style hasn’t sharpened quickly enough or because we’re unable to finish a draft. We’re in trouble. We need a breakthrough—which can be accomplished by training ourselves to detect and destroy obstacles that might be holding us back. But first we must address the core issue. What’s Your...

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The Sheer Awfulness of Christianity

As much as I appreciate saying “you” instead of “thou,” I can’t help feeling that modern English has lost some of the richness our language once possessed. The word awful is a prime example. Today we use it to mean “bad” or “disgusting,” but its original definition was more along the lines of: “inspiring such awe and admiration as to border on terror.” I don’t think we have a word for that emotion anymore, or even any concept of what it looks like. In my opinion, an understanding of the sheer awfulness of Christianity is the primary ingredient missing...

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