This post is part of a series of short writings by a small writer on particular topics and stories named Howard Reede-Pelling, he lives in Victoria, Australia and is in his older age now. Here, he has written about story writing and poetry.
There is nothing more satisfying than to be able to put thoughts in your head down on paper, be it in book form, prose or poetry. Writing can be described as an art form, indeed I think that in some cases it is so but a rank ami can and is, able to put pen to paper and make some sort of a fist at it; given a little leeway. After the first book or fifty or so poems, one does acquire a ‘knack’ of imparting their thoughts with somewhat of a bit of respectability. I know, I have been there – done that – so I have experience at it. After having written fifteen books, including 550 pages of poetry and countless articles for magazines of clubs to which I have been associated, I do have some expertise in this area.
When one writes, there is a need to have a format. One must have a beginning, a middle or body of the article and an ending. It is also advisable not to deviate from one’s goal, put the thoughts in their proper perspective, make the story viable. One must keep the reader interested and keen or the plot will be lost and the reader will cast away the article and pick up the comics. In writing a story, there must be interest at all times. That is one of the reasons for making chapters. A chapter is in itself a story. A whole book encompasses maybe twentyfive chapters and even though they are related, there must be an interest at the ending of each one to keep the reader enthralled. To make the reader look at the next chapter just to see how the story is going, what the next exciting episode is all about. Do not go out at a tangent unless you are going to return to the gist of the story at a later time, for one may forget what the plot is about and end up on a different tram.
Prose and poetry are the same. Although prose has a story to tell, it does not rhyme as poetry does; it is merely a statement of an idea. Poetry on the other hand, not only tells a story but it does so with rhythm and sound alike words. Poetry has a ring to it which is easy to listen to and is easily understood. But, as in story writing, one must stick to the story-line and not deviate. A good piece of poetry or prose must have a meaningful beginning, the two or three middle verses should have the body of the story and the ending must be just that -an ending. Keep the reader enthralled!
Good poetry can easily be made into songs; just work on the syllabel system when composing your piece. Each first, second or third line, in fact right throughout the piece, have your syllabels symetric and all will fall into place.