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Happy Monday!  This week the top ten writing article links feature a bit about the writing community, bookstores, libraries and two features of two favorites of mine from the science fiction genre. Both Atwood and Gibson are must-reads as far as I’m concerned. I hope you enjoy the articles!

How to Tell a Story Within a Story

Margaret Atwood: Top 5 Tips for Writers

Fantasy Fortifications

Mastering Show, Don’t Tell

Creating Custom Scrivener Templates

Writers: Embrace the Bleak in Your Stories

Indie booksellers create community to survive the age of Amazon

How the decade in books changed what and how we read

HOW LIBRARIES ARE DEALING WITH BEDBUGS

HOW WILLIAM GIBSON KEEPS HIS SCIENCE FICTION REAL

A Primer on Speculative Poetry by Kimberly Nugent

When Wendy approached me about writing an article for “No Wasted Ink,” I was thrilled and immediately began to waffle about which idea to put to digital paper. Despite a career in editing, I kept coming back to a topic about which both Wendy and I are passionate, speculative poetry. Genre poetry has a lovely community of poets, and a thriving market for both paid and unpaid submissions.

Like a lot of creators, I had a long break from poetry until editing an e-zine that featured speculative poetry. I was fascinated and thrilled! So, I began writing again. Whether you are returning to poetry, looking for a change in your existing poetry, or would like to write for the first time, I have a few tips for writing in general, and a few specific to speculative poetry.

Keep a notebook. This notebook can be a 99-cent special or something bound in leather, but whatever you pick, keep it with you. And keep your favorite writing implement in stock. Keep pencils in your car, pens in your purse, grab some markers, something that will make a mark. I previously kept notes digitally but have since switched back to physical writing. Not only do you not have to worry about backups or where you saved that file, you will find the thought required to put words on paper also puts contemplation into your ideas and word choices.

Write. Just write in that lovely notebook. It can be anything from words and phrases to outlines and perhaps even a rough draft. But don’t worry about form—yet. The goal here is just to create the words that will build your poetry. Feel free to be wordy. Write in the margins, make notes. The more words in your notebook, the easier to compose your verses. Also, I find inspiration in various media, especially scientific articles and lectures! Your muse can be anywhere, so be sure to jot down all your ideas.

Buy a good form reference book. Now that you have those lovely thoughts and phrases, combine them into the forms that feel natural to the ideas when writing your final poem. I suggest buying at least one (or more!) form reference books. Two of my favorites are “The Prosody Handbook: A Guide to Poetic Form” by Beum and Shapiro and “The Book of Forms” by Turco. The more you write and create, the more you should challenge yourself and step outside your comfort zone. If you generally write a sonnet, try an epic poem or haiku! What specifically sets speculative poetry apart is the topic. The is sky is NOT the limit! Putting the fantastical, science fiction, and even mythological themes into form (and yes, you can include free verse) is what will set you apart from flash fiction and the short story.

After you write your poetry, always let it sit overnight before you make any changes. Like prose writing, a little distance between yourself and the words will make the editing process easier. Now is also the time to share your work with a trusted listener or reader. Your sounding board should give both praise and constructive feedback.

Your edits are complete, your trusted evaluator has appraised your efforts, and you are ready to submit your first poem! But, where? The largest poetry-only markets typically shy away from genre poetry, however, there are organization specifically for the speculative poet. The Science Fiction & Fantasy Poetry Association (SFPA) and Horror Writers Association are both excellent resources for a genre poet. Also, look for publications and journals that are focused on certain forms in addition to genre-specific publications.

When you have decided on a market, read the submission guidelines carefully. Always follow their directions and pay close attention to if the market accepts simultaneous submissions or those that have been previously published. I also highly recommend you keep a log of your submissions so you can keep track of where you place your poems, and which publications you should follow up with.

The most important thing after submitting your work is to congratulate yourself! Whether your first submission or your 100th is your first published poem, creating a work you can be proud to submit is an accomplishment in itself.


Kimberly Nugent lives near the beautiful Sandia Mountain range and edits speculative fiction and RPGs. She spends her free time with her family, cats, and various nerdy hobbies! You can find her on Twitter at @BlueTeaEditing

No Wasted Ink Writers Links

What is a Monday without a top ten list of writer’s articles to peruse?   The majority of these are general writing tips, just the thing to help you get revved up for a new year of writing.  Enjoy!

WHY YOU SHOULD FLASH YOUR FICTION

What is a rite of passage?

Organic World-building Through Ecology

KEEP READING!

Critique: 10 Ways to Write a Better First Chapter Using Specific Word Choices

Voice: What is Writing ‘Voice’ & Why is It Important to Storytelling?

Taming Your Exposition

Blood for Money: The Origins of the Mercenary

3 Steps To Writing Diverse Characters

5 Ways to Quiet Your Inner Editor

No Wasted Ink Writers Links

As we wind down to the end of the year, I want to thank you for being a part of the No Wasted Ink family.  It has been a pleasure to be a part of your reading habit and I am grateful for all my readers.  Never fear, No Wasted Ink is continuing forward into 2020. I hope you’ll join me for another year. Now, onto the top ten links!

Mistakes Many Writers Make

Nine Ways for Your Hero to Earn the Clues They Need

Prepare for Public Speaking Like a Pro

Promote Your Book with Local Collaborations

The Secret Society of Women Writers in Oxford in the 1920s

“The impact will be immense”: How AI is reshaping the publishing industry

How to Deal with your Writing Anxiety: 6 Smart Tips that Work

The Fun of Pantsing

Lost in Iceland: Searching for a Better Writing Process

How to Transform Exposition and Summary into Scene

No Wasted Ink Writers Links

Happy Holidays!  I have another top ten list of writing articles for you to enjoy. Most concern the writer’s life and how to be more productive, but there are a few craft-related ones too.  I hope you find them useful!

How to Choose the Right Antagonist for Any Type of Story

Quick and Tidy Tips to Streamline Editing

What One Thing is Your Novel About?

Harnessing Your Passion to Strengthen Your Stories

The Biggest Blocks: Creating Names and Titles in Your Novel

Writer Wants Versus Reader Needs

Debunking Copyright Myths

Advice for Women with Book Advances

When and How Should Writers Negotiate Better Terms?

The Collage Method