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To Imagine – A Poem

We sat on the edge of nothing,IMG_1669
falling like stars,
destined to disappear.

Like strangers in the small hours,
watching the clock as time cowers,
threatened by what had yet to come.

So we stopped.
On the edge of nothing,
We simply created.

 

Isaac Olajos

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Amends of Men – A Poem

IMG_2563A face we wore to help forget,
the sins we hold,
we too regret.

To hide our hands,
full heavy gold.

To mountains clamber,
too, friends we’ve sold.

A mask we filled with false amend,
for sins untold,
the sins of men.

 

Isaac Olajos

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The Priest – A Poem

IMG_2053A language lost,
our souls do keep.
The guiding hand
of man too bleak.

One does ponder,
a thought divine.
To write them down
and calm our mind.

A common script,
to not forget.
A fact of fiction
our lives to bet.

 

Isaac Olajos

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Life and Its Tragedy – A Poem

IMG_1936You are the hero,

A heart born to live,
A mind willing to thrive,
A body bound to die.

History does not remember lives that are willing.

 

You are the lover,

A soul searching to love,
A body left to lust,
A story ending in nothing.

Ballads are not sung to hearts that grow cold.

 

You are but man,

An infant coming to youth,
A youth desiring to age,
A sorrow to grow old.

Beauty has no place for those who are told.

 

You are no god,

A sight for the unseen,
An awe for the unknown,
A reach to not hold.

Religion does not embody those who are broken.

 

Isaac Olajos

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In Time – A Poem

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Time has no place here.

The throne of man cowers in the shadow,
For once our greatest kingdoms fall;
The trees will have but blinked.

Writing profound poetry of legacy and death,
Scratching the blood of ink into the white flesh of history,
Praying that our consciousness lives on.

We fear that we will be nothing,
That no man will rejoice in our wake,
That our greatest triumphs will fade into apathy.

Isaac Olajos

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5 Tips to Writing Better Poetry – A Mediocre Poets Guide

IMG_00000407Recently, I’ve read too many poems that are lacking the feel that a proper excerpt should have. I’m not claiming to be a very good writer, far from it in fact. Yet I feel that through reading others poems and personal trial and error, I have found some of the major problems with most new writers.

Here are 5 tips on how to write a better poem:

1-Stray From the normal Rhyme Scheme.

Far too many new authors write all of their poetry with the same simple rhyme scheme. This isn’t a huge issue, but if the wording is weak it can begin to feel as if you are reading a Dr Suess book. To create better emotion in your poetry you should think of a rhyme scheme that is unique and mirrors the emotion you intend to convey. Sometimes abandoning rhyme’s all together provides the most powerful message, as it comes directly from your mind, without having to modify your thoughts to adhere to an arbitrary rule.

2-Keep A Rhythm, Simple or Complex.

To add on to the rhyme scheme idea, those with the simple patterns tend to have lyrical rhythm down to a T. Yet those who realize rhymes aren’t necessary in modern poetry tend to jumble their words into one long train of thought. To create a more powerful reading experience, break your poem up into different stanzas. Coaxing the reader into following a rhythm of your words while reading. This helps emphasize certain lines and specific words, allowing the reader to find a more powerful message.

3-Stop Disturbing People.

I understand that poetry is largely based upon personal emotion, but it also must be pleasurable to read even when conveying dark thoughts. Too often do I see poorly written poems about gore and abuse and other dark topics that rely on shock value to convey emotion. This is acceptable at points, but when an entire body of work is based on shocking people into feeling it becomes a burden to read and your audience dissipates quickly. Try using metaphors or wording things less literally to get your point across.

4-Don’t Search for Obscure Words to Make you Sound More Intelligent.

This is one of the worst crimes you can commit. Using long obscure words in your poetry simply to display your literary superiority is confusing to the average reader. I would much rather see a poem that uses a word that all readers can understand than one that halts the rhythm of the poem so that the reader can google what that strange synonym means. Simplicity is often the best route.

5-Try new styles.

Finally, get out of your comfort zone. People always say do one thing really well but in literature, you must do many different things and combine them to succeed. Playing with different styles can help you determine what you enjoy, as well as give you another outlook on the style you use. Innovation comes from exploration. So go ahead, show the world something new.

Happy arting,

Isaac Olajos

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The Peers of Divine – A Poem

IMG_2950Fall upon the ranks of man;

Grovel to be free,
Apathetic to be left to mourn.

Rise upon the man of lords;

Nothing can live in this valley of life,
Nothing can wither that is not born.

Sit atop the lords of none;

Weathered is our kin,
Incoherent are their sons.

Isaac Olajos

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5 Ways to Create a Better Character – The Non Obvious Way

IMG_2772One of the most difficult things in writing is building a character. Especially one that is able to encourage readers to experience every emotion you intended to evoke. Everyone will tell you the basics: Give them a personality, obsessions, vices, ideals, passions. Yet no one will really explain how to bring these traits seamlessly to life.

Here are 5 suggestions on how to unify all of the elements you put into a character seamlessly:

1-Base them upon someone you know… Lavishly:

The first step for those who cannot tie a character together is to create their essence. Base the character upon someone you know, or a combination of people… with some artistic liberty. Although this may seem easy, we have to remember that we are telling a story. Unless you are friends with the Dos Equis man, it is safe to say your companions are probably quite normal. A great character cannot be normal. Their flaws must be hidden, their obsessions must be exaggerated.

2-Create your ideal self:

   If you lack the observational skills, or social interactions to effectively base a character on people that you know; your best bet is to make the protagonist  yourself. Let me rephrase that: Make the protagonist your ideal self. Make sure your character does not react in the way that you normally would, but in the way that you wish you could. Embellish your morals, fears, and passions. Make them a constant fuel for your character and it will come to life.

3-Normal, yet divine:

You must maintain your characters equilibrium between reality and tale. It is important to spark the readers intrigue in the character, giving them aspects a normal human would not have. In this, it is also important to emphasize just how human the character is. Without this, the reader will not be able to connect on a personal level to your creation. Your character must be a celebrity: Human enough to connect with, yet far enough from reach to spark intrigue.

4-Contradict personality with actions:

This has to be my favourite tool. Though your characters personality must be vital, making the story and their actions contradict their traits leaves a spot of mystery for the reader to wonder. The best example of this is from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971). When Willy first appears from the factory limping with a cane, everyone goes silent. They are taken aback by the normality of this fabled man. His cane then gets stuck and he proceeds to fall, roll, then spring youthfully onto his feet to the applause of the crowd. Gene Wilder (Willy Wonka) refused to do the movie unless this scene was added. His reasoning? “Because from that point on, no one will know if I am lying or telling the truth.” This use of the characters actions is vital to keep the reader guessing, but remember not to overdue it, which will disconnect your reader.

5-Finally, allow the character to grow. For better or worse:

I know most people who write have an immoveable ideal of their character rooted in their imagination. It is important that we take this ideal and crush it. We do not go day to day thinking the same or acting the same, neither should your character. It is important for the events of the book to change the characters personality in little, yet significant ways. This could effect the readers view of them, how they deal with the climax of the plot, or even how they react towards other characters in the book. I know this is a somewhat obvious tip, but I see far too many people who ignore it because they have already created their never changing protagonist in their mind, and are stone set on their creation.

Happy arting,

Isaac Olajos

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