The first topic I will cover is poetry. There are many types of poetry (way too many to cover in one post, but I will post a link that covers all of them.) http://www.types-of-poetry.org.uk/
Here are just a few as examples.
- Lyric poetry is a poem that expresses the thoughts and feelings of a poet. It does not tell a story of characters or actions. The poet speaks to the reader directly; telling their own state of mind, feelings, and perceptions.
- Haiku poetry is a type of Japanese poem written in three unrhymed lines of five, seven, and five syllables. It typically reflects on nature or creative images.
- Free verse is a type of poetry that can be either rhymed or unrhymed lines without a pattern. This allowed poets to break from the typical structure of poetry and express their feelings.
When I first started to write poems, I was always under the impression they needed to rhyme in order for it to be considered a poem. As I studied at New Paltz, my professor assured me a poem is fueled by the emotion behind it. A poem is however you decide to write it regardless of its structure or rhymes. As long as the reader can picture and feel the meaning of the poem in their minds, it is a successful poem.
Now there are several outlets for poetry writers. Most Literary Agents and publishers will tell you they do not accept queries based on poetry, and for the most part they don't. There are a few agents that will accept poetry submissions but they are very rare to find. There are websites, blogs, and contests where you can have your poetry published; which is the path that most poets take. There are quite a few that self publish their poetry and sell it online or personally. These are the best ways to start getting your name out there as a writer for future projects when contacting Literary Agents.
As I stated this is only part 1 of the topic. Stay tuned for part 2 where I will cover writing novels. As always I welcome any thoughts and comments on my posts. And feel free to check out my interview on the Anthony Charles Podcast: http://soundcloud.com/anthonycharlesofficial/episode-20-andrew-hess-author and follow me on Facebook and Twitter for other updates: https://twitter.com/ThePhoenix1369, http://www.facebook.com/#!/TheRealPhoenix13