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Getting Popular

Hi guys! I’ve just started this, but I would like to be even more out than I already am! I would really appreciate it if you had any input on my poems, or if you have any advice on how to become more popular with my work. I would also love it if you could share my poems with others (with credit), as well.
Thanks,
Ryn.
8 days ago
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Hello Ryn and thanks for starting this discussion thread. You can learn lots and hopefully improve your own writing skills by simply reading and studying the excellent and varied offerings here on Write Out Loud (WoL). Keep an eye on the different comments that are left between writers as often there is good advice to be garnered. Let people know in your bio that you would like to receive constructive feedback and critique and hopefully it will come your way but don't lose heart if it's not immediate. And don't post too many poems (one or two a day is probably plenty) as they will get lost in the system and remain unread.

Another way to share your poems is to develop your own personal blog. There are several options to chose from out there on the web but my preferred has been WordPress which is free and fairly user friendly. They also run what's called The Daily Post one-word prompt which as it implies is a single prompted word to build a poem around. Here's the link:

https://dailypost.wordpress.com/prompts/tame/

WordPress, like WoL, is a good way to interact with other writers and to share your work more widely. Try also Facebook and Twitter as ways to follow poetry and writing related sites and people. And if you have a local writing group or open mic event then why not explore that avenue.

Whichever forum you choose, you will find that you will get out of it as much as you put in. As regards your last point about sharing I think it's up to you to find ways to offer your work to the world through WoL, blogging, social media, open mics, competitions and online journals.

I hope this helps as a starter and I'm sure others here will have further useful advice to offer. Good luck with your writing.

Colin.
8 days ago
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Ryn,
Everything Colin says is correct. One of the biggest errors WOL members make is over-posting as the site archives on a monthly basis with only the last poem posted readily visible.
Looking at your work I can only offer one piece of advice. Imagine your poem is being written on something like Twitter with only a set number of words which can be used. So make every word count and mean something. Don't repeat unless it is for effect and consider every word like and, so, but, then as a waste unless absolutely necessary.
7 days ago
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Why do you want to become more popular? If you want to be popular, you could join a boy band. Or say something everyone agrees with.

Or you could write out of your own experience, using the words that mean something to you. And you could read poetry and other literature and learn about structure and form and actually think about stuff. It takes time and dedication and the desire to learn.

Unfortunately, the latter won't make you popular. Nobody likes a clever dick.
7 days ago
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Thank you for the good advice I will definitely use it!
7 days ago
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