Category: Writing


Perform

Confidence is the key to performing well. These are few of the methods I have used over the years to help me perform in front of a full Phoenix crowd.

 
Step 1 Throw Nerves to the Ground: The best way to do this is to rehearse and rehearse and then rehearse some more. I use to be the Sacrificial Poet at BAD!SLAM!NO!BISUCIT! and every month I would spend at least a couple of days rehearsing my poem. On the actual day, I would rehearse my poem at least ten times out loud. This helped get rid of some of the nerves.

 

Step2 Rehearse Out LOUD: Rehearsing out loud is the best way to hear what you sound like. It also gives you a chance to let you know where you might want to break up your poem.

 
Step3 Record: I have found listening back to myself really effective for deciding what words or phrases I want to emphasis. I think it’s also a good tool to help memories your poem.

 

Step4 Audience: Reading in front of friends or family members is a really good way to simulate an audience. Perform in front of anyone who will listen. It’s an excellent way to build your confidence for performing in front of people.

 

Step5 Have fun: It’s important to not take yourself too seriously. Putting on a great performance is awesome, but it’s not the end of the world if you don’t. Going out and giving it your best and having fun really takes the pressure off and it’ll show in your performance.

 

I hope this helps.

Belamike

Photo by: Adam Thomas

 

 

How to pick up a pen?

One of the hardest things in poetry or any type of writing is to get started.

Here are some of the things that helped me out.

Writing with Friends

Writing with friends can be a lot of fun and keeps you motivated. Having other like-minded people who you can share your work with really helps your writing process. It’s always nice to read your work out to an attentive audience who are keen to help you out with constructive feedback.

World’s Best Poet

It’s important to not put pressure on yourself, go in with a ‘let’s have fun attitude’ and worry about the rest later. Also don’t worry if you don’t get any creative master piece straight away, it takes practice and I find a lot of my poems come from bad first attempts that I re-work later. So don’t throw anything out.

Perseverance    

Keep trying. When I first started, it took me ages to find my voice as a poet. I wanted to be a serious poet that wrote deep and meaningful poems, but instead my poetry ended up being anything but serious, it became more comical and Tom Cruise kept on making appearances in them. This turned out to be the type of poetry I wanted to write. So don’t give up if it doesn’t work out at the beginning, just keep trying new concepts and ideas.

Poems don’t have to Rhyme

A lot of people who start out think their poetry has to rhyme. This is not true; in fact a lot of amazing poets don’t rhyme at all. Rhyming poetry is really hard to do well. So don’t worry if your poem doesn’t rhyme, it can still be awesome!

Activities 

Activities are a great way to get the creative juices flowing. There are a lot of fun writing activities online. Whether it’s writing a letter to a fictional character or writing words on a page then randomly picking a few to write about. Doing activities helps mix up the writing process and creates fun ways to write.

Location, Location 

I find that I do my best writing in the food court. It can be loud and chair stacking guy sometimes comes along and tries to kick me out. But it seems to work for me. It’s really important to write somewhere that you feel most comfortable. I suggest try a lot of different locations to see where works best. You might end up at the food court with me and chair stacker guy.

Don’t be disheartened

You are not always going to get the feedback that you want to hear. But never be disheartened by it. Everyone has different ideas and opinion on what they perceive is a good poem. Only take the feedback that you think that is most relevant to you and totally disregard haters who are not able to give constructive feedback.

I hope this helps.