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Love of Affair – A Poem

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Through times of tragic turn and loss,
When what happens is; my touch embossed.

Memories upon your skin,
Melodies to hide from kin.

Follow freely, lose the heart,
Lose the game, dismiss the start.

Follow freely, folds of skin
Forget your love, forsake your kin.

Isaac Olajos

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To a New Year – A Poem

IMG_2915Charge,
Into the void again, we will go.
Alive we rear,
but the dead they do not know.

Voices ring,
We sing this song.
They forget,
Not knowing, unable to sing along.

It is ours,
Grasp the void, embrace the go.
Alive we forget,
How they did once glow.

Isaac Olajos

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Recovered Data – A Poem

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When I trace the sunset to your door.
When I lose the moon, to find it in your eyes.
When my thoughts and memories scrawled onto a single paper, melt away;
Folded, flying, falling.
We were planes, lost to the ocean.

 

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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The Digital Man – A Poem

IMG_3391We, the connected;

Downloaded are our beliefs.
Encoded are our emotions.
Compressed are our thoughts.
Deleted is our identity.

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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5 Steps To Being Creative – In Writing, Living, Or Any Other Art

IMG_2721       If there’s one thing that attending university has taught me, it’s that the world is painfully uncreative. The majority of people I know think linearly. They have no idea how to create something new and exciting. Straying from what they were taught feels uncomfortable and is rarely done. The problem is intelligence doesn’t demand creativity, because we can have the capacity to remember everything someone tells us and regurgitate it. Unfortunately, innovation requires both. That is why so few people have so much of our wealth, because they know how to influence their thought into creating something useful and different.

I have created a few tips that work for me, on how to expand your creativity or find it if it is not already there:

1- Take Time to Observe.

      Observation is one of the strongest ways to spark your creativity. Most of us go day to day, blocking out the world around us by focusing on where we are going, what we have to do, and how little time is left. In reality, we just need to slow down. Stop for a minute. When you take a walk to work or school think of nothing but what is around you in that moment. Let your destination be a passive thought. Engage your senses in your walk, how does it feel? How do you feel? What can you hear, smell, see? All of these practices will allow you to become more in tune with your thought process, as well as the world around you.

2- Bad Ideas are Like Kindling. 

I can’t count the number of times someone thought my idea was terrible, or impossible, or just plain abnormal. Because of this, I cant count the number of times I’ve abandoned a thought in fear of its failed outcome. This has to be one of my biggest regrets. I have learned now that every idea spawns a better one. Even the ideas that fail give you a lesson to learn by, or material to improve upon. If we do not accept that we may fail, we can never succeed. If we do not risk failure, we will never know the raw potential of our ideas.

Creativity comes from those who do not abandon seemingly ‘bad’ ideas, but expand them into useable fragments of something good. For every 1000 bad ideas, there may be one with potential, but the other thousand are the missing pieces to making our one idea a success. The option of expanding ideas we view as ‘bad’ allows us to mirror life in our art, for nothing we do is ever predictable. So we must think in the same way we live: not predicting the outcome, but giving it our all to succeed.

3- Be Uncomfortable.

This is the single hardest thing for people to do, yet the most rewarding. Everyone always tells you to live life to your fullest, yet we all live in a secluded box. Even those who are constantly social and living the high life are generally creatures of habit. Especially the (kill me for saying this) “YOLO” ‘ers. In fact, they are the worst.

To become more creative, we need to challenge ourselves to experience new things. To place ourselves in situations that make us feel like we shouldn’t be there, and tough it out. This lets us experience not only our inner workings, but broaden the way we observe the world. Immersing ourselves in different culture, events, locations, people, or even just critiquing the taste of a beer that we have never heard of. Experiencing (*and observing*) new things are what allows our thoughts to cascade into innovative ideas, without it we will just reword our previous thoughts and convince ourselves they are unique.

4- Make it Personal.

Ever had a moment that burns in your memory, no matter how hard you try to forget it? Or maybe think of the happiest moment you can remember, the one that you turn to for a smile? These experiences in life are key to our creative thought. We look for ways to forget the bad and embrace the good, but there is an equilibrium that we must keep in order to think innovatively.

When you work, base some of your ideas off of these experiences: How did you feel? How would you change it? How would you recreate it? Walk through these moments in your mind to reach that innovation associated with important memories. Find a moment that means a great deal to you and base your creation from the experiences and feelings it invokes. These moments are gifts for an artist, if you can properly channel them.

5- Get Emotional.

The final, most important piece of advice I have is to get emotional when you work. Did you ever need to rant about somthing because it made you angry? or cry, or laugh, or scream? Emotion ties into everything we do. No great feat was every completed without emotion, no love story without the authors own passion. Try to change the way you respond to intense emotion, and channel that energy in your art. Paint while you are angry, write when you are lonely, compose a masterpiece when you realize that breathing another day is profound.

Creativity can come from many places, but the greatest is when you realize that the world is unfathomably complex, and you find a place within yourself that mirrors that complexity and awe.

Happy arting,

Isaac Olajos

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Can’t Feel a Thing – Lyrics

Take this robot heart,IMG_2868_edit
and tear it apart.
Just to build it, again

Take my silly head,
and fill it with these lies you said,
Because these lies,
They make me happy.

and I can’t feel a thing,
I can’t feel a thing.
I can’t feel a thing, anymore.

So help me,
build me up again,
From the ground.

It’s those little things,
that you do
That have got me, chasing you.

It’s those words,
that you just don’t say.
That have got me, scared away.

and I can’t feel a thing,
I can’t feel a thing.
I can’t feel a thing, anymore.

Isaac Olajos

 

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