Writing Every Which Way

Novels, poems, and writing tips


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Confidence

Those who hurt the most

Understand confidence the best.

When your heart aches

Turn to those who know your pain.

The saddest souls

Will work the hardest to save you.

They wish only for your happiness

Because they know your sorrows.


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A bad day

Life is confusing

Yet also amusing.

Some days, the sky is clear

The next day storm clouds are near.

A smile can brighten a heart

That was dark from the start.

A gesture can ruin

Anyone’s joy.

Sometimes it’s easier to cry

Instead of asking why.


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A haiku about you

My inspiration.

My best friend and my soul mate.

The love of my life.

 

*I go through phases in poetry. I’m sure it isn’t hard to guess what phase I’m in now.*


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Baby Birds

Baby birds don’t get scared.

They leap from their perches,

Trusting their instincts will kick in.

My instinct is to be with you.

I have leapt from my perch,

Heart open and arms spread wide.

I can’t be afraid.

I can’t hesitate.

I must trust that I will learn you

And you will learn me.


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Whispered love

There was a knock at my window

And a name softly spoken.

Joy consumed me,

For I knew who had arrived.

We talked in hushed whispers,

A wall dividing us only barely.

Our hands and lips were brought together

Sometimes softly

And sometimes with desperation.

When you left, I was smiling

But I wished you wouldn’t haven’t gone.

I yearned for your embrace,

For your protection

And prayed that one day I would have it.


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A drumming heart

I though it would be hard

To be away from you.

Instead I was caught off guard

To know we will make it through.

Tougher times are to come.

I can only think of you,

And the way you make my heart thrum

A tempo that is brand new.

 


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Smiles for miles

You are my life,

My world,

And my entire existence.

Yet when I think of you

I only remember

The impending distance.

The fear I feel

Is spread wide

Across the miles,

So I know,

I must have faith

In your confident smiles.

 


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How to promote your book while annoying everyone you know…

The struggle self-published authors are very familiar with, is the task of getting people to actually read their book. I mean, no doubt there are hundreds of Best Sellers out there that aren’t Best Sellers yet because it’s impossible to get an audience cheaply. You either have to pay a bajillion dollars for ads or annoy everyone you know with shameless self-promotions.

Seeing as I’m a 17 year old trying to survive high school, I’m in the portion of the self-published author population that drives everyone crazy.

Now, it’s probably become prominent at this point that as of this morning, my novel The Little Villains is available on Amazon.com. I’m thrilled that the year and a half of work has paid off, but now I’m faced with a problem: how do I convince people to buy it?

Here’s what I did:

  1. Made an extremely annoying post on every social media platform I own. Yes, that includes everything from Snapchat and Facebook to Instagram and my blog. Annoying? yes. Necessary? No doubt.
  2. Became a walking billboard. Thanks to my brother and his skills with an iron, I was able to acquire some t-shirts featuring the covers of my two novels. I consequently begged one of my friends to wear one and it got a good bit of attention.
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    Disregard me being an idiot.

  3. Put myself out there in front of my high school. My school has a morning announcements class devoted to creating funny videos and filming a news broadcast that includes the daily announcements. Due to my love for the film industry, I am in said class and decided to anchor for the day wearing aforementioned billboard shirt.
  4. I didn’t shut up. The shirt was a good conversation starter and once people saw that they usually asked how I managed to write a book and what it was about. From there I would persuade them to buy my book! Screaming “Buy my book!” also helps.

In total, I see nothing wrong with being extremely annoying when it comes to promoting a self-published novel. Self-published authors put just as much (and sometimes more) effort into creating our masterpieces, and we’re overlooked because we can’t afford fancy advertisements or simply just don’t want to take that route. Who can blame us for accidentally driving all our friends and family insane for one day?

 


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The song about you

The sound so sweet,

A tune impossible to beat.

Keys pressed like finger tips

To your gently lips.

My eyes filled with tears

As I thought of future years,

Ones spent with a song in my heart

And a love that doesn’t part.


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Shakespearean love

Our love could have been

The most famous Shakespearean play.

There were evil villains full of sin

And romance that was a tad cliché.

 

For each other, we would have betrayed the world

But in the end we didn’t need to.

Around him my heart whirled

And that was when our love was new.

 

I hadn’t imagined the future before me;

One full of lies, stress, and most importantly: Love.

If I had known, I would never have thought to agree

But it seems there was an intervention from above.

 

Our love was like a Shakespearean play

That continues every day.

 

**It’s a beautiful winter day, school got canceled, and love is on my mind so I figured I would right a good ol’ fashion Shakespearean sonnet.**