So, My Friend,.........What Floats Your Boat...?

Songbird BStarred Page By Songbird B, 20th Mar 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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I felt up to a challenge, and wanted to write an article on personal tastes...Poetry or articles? Reviews or 'How to' Guides....It is all down to whatever 'Floats your Boat'....

It Is All Down To Personal Choice......

I have been on Wikinut, close to three months, length of time at all really, not to those experienced 'Nuts' out there who have been on here a year or more and counting...
Why did I join Wikinut? Because I wanted to find a forum to have my poems published on...yes, at heart, I am one of the lower paid Poets, that struggle to get the 'hits', that Wikinut has a multitude of....
Let's face it, Poetry isn't for everyone....some of you love it, some of you glance at it out of mild interest, and some of you wouldn't go near it with a 10 foot barge-pole, because it just isn't what floats your boat.....

Personal taste, can be a funny thing....and as individual as there are people out there. I guess that your up-bringing, education, lifestyle, all help develop your taste...or perhaps it is our artistic nature, that makes Poets and Writers of us all...the inner need to express yourself, however creatively, in whatever form it may take...

I, for instance, am a vocalist, I found music when I became a teenager....Over the years, I have stuffed my head full of songs...words rattle endlessly around in my mind, and in one form or another, I am surrounded by music. It soothes my soul and enriches my perhaps, by writing my poetry, I am just using this form of expression to release some of the pressure....

Writers Need to write.
Ideas, compositions, whirl inside heads, that cry to be put down on paper, (or nowadays, through your PC keyboard)...Once committed, the beast within grows quiet for a short while, until stimulation re-occurs and seeks release once more....

I have never thought of myself as a writer...Yes, I have always 'scribbled', and from school years, have always written poems in one form or another...but rarely ever took it seriously...after all, who could possibly be interested in what I had written?
Yet, all my life, I kept being told that I should write, that I had a 'voice' that people could equate with, connect to...a dry humour that could find amusement and irony in most things.....
Hence, through recommendation by Richard Peeej, a fellow 'Nut', I signed up to Wikinut, and so folks, here I am. You may love me or hate me, or just be totally indifferent towards me, but this is my 'voice'. This is where I dock my particular nautical craft....

Self Expression....

Is there anything worse, than sitting before your PC, and having absolutely no idea as to where your article is going? I know that there is a school of thought that states that you should have your topic laid down in your head before you attempt to write a word. but then, don't you sometimes feel that some articles write themselves? No, it is not structured, it is not professional, but we are writers, and the words will flow in whatever direction they sometimes wish...we do not always have overall control, apart from pressing the Delete button...

Before I started to write this, I looked into that really sticky question of 'Why do people write?'and 'What is Poetry?' And throughout the internet, no one had a concise answer....One of the quotes that I came across stated;

'I believe we write because we feel the power of the written words
; reading words and hearing them are totally different, when we read the stories we live their worlds, we embrace the heroes, we become the words we read, imagination runs free, not limited by other senses of vision, touch, hearing or even smell. While reading, your world is the extent of your mind, and the mind can cross spaces of time and distance, bend realities and make up new rules, that we actually can't do. I believe words say and have it all, you can express feelings otherwise unexpressed by sounds, written words are always true, no matter the pretence or the façade been put, you can always find parts of the writer in their own words.'

Well, I guess that that is one way of looking at it....It is so individual, that every writer, poet or not, has their own take on it....
Here is another interpretation on it from Gary Jurechka;

'Because I cannot NOT write.
Writing has always been a form of self therapy, an expression of emotions too intense to keep inside, an expression of thoughts, feelings, and meanings. Sometimes it is simply purging-a cleansing, sometimes I learn something about myself or others or life in general. Sometimes it is merely the noble expression of art. Also for the fun and freedom of it. Mainly it was something that was mine. A release, a passion, a peace.
I look back over my poems and am reminded of things I'd learned but forgotten, how I felt at certain times, etc.
Sometimes I can see who I was then, who I am now, and perhaps a hint of where I'm going.
And though I write mainly for myself it has helped keep my sanity many times, and always have (though some pieces are distinctly for others-and I have found sometimes the more personal you are sometimes the more universal the piece is striking a chord in others). It is a great writer, and sometimes the goal of the writer, to touch the hearts and minds of others.'

Extract featured in Poems and quotes website.

The Psychological Insight on writing Poetry...

So perhaps, writing can be considered a 'tool', a form of interaction, of digging down deep under the surface of our emotional layers...
I read many articles on Wikinut, and in some respects, I feel as if I am in school..learning, absorbing, connecting to others, almost a form of empathy, as I am seeing their take on the world, through their eyes.
It certainly can be insightful...amusing...touching...interesting...
I am just a very small part of a larger whole.
Searching for other's input on this sticky issue of 'Why do we write?', I came across this psychological insight regarding writing poetry;

The Psychology of Poetry

Poetry is an artistic form of communication that may be appreciated by a significant number of people.  The psychology of poetry has two perspective:  the writer perspective and the reader perspective.  The writer perspective concerns why we like to write poetry.  The reader perspective concerns why we may enjoy reading poetry. 
Why Do We Like to Write Poems?

1.  Self-expression
One of the basic reasons we may enjoy writing poems is that it may allow us to express our thoughts, feelings, interests, attitudes, and values in a brief form of communication. 
2.  Creative Expression
Poetry may be a simple and easy way to express creativity.  Expressing creativity may be a way that helps to foster meaning in our lives.
3.  Inspiration and Motivation
Poetry may be a way to feel inspired and motivated.  We can write positive poems with a message.   It may make us feel more motivated.  
Also, we may enjoy writing poetry because we wish to inspire or motivate others.  It may be very rewarding to know that our poetry can make a difference in the lives of others. 

4.  Emotional Expression
Writing poems may be one way to express our emotions.  We can express both positive and negative emotions.   For example, we may write a poem to express happiness or sadness.
Why Do We Enjoy Reading Poems?

1.  Understanding a Person's Feelings

Poetry appreciation may be linked to empathy.  Poetry may help us to imagine and understand how another person feels. 
2.  Artistic Appreciation.
Reading poetry may be enjoyable because we appreciate the artistic expression of the writer.
3.  Inspiration and Motivation
Reading poetry may inspire and motivate us.  It may be uplifting.  Poetry may provide us with a sense of hope and meaning.   We may gain insight into how to cope with adversity.

To be honest with you, I haven't any deep and meaningful reason why I enjoy writing, poetry or otherwise...I just do it because I enjoy it...and perhaps there may be the hope that others out there, may enjoy my musings as well...And at the end of the day, that is exactly what floats my particular boat....And I hope that it may just float yours too...

If you should wish to check out my poetry and articles, please do, I will be glad to see you.
Related article;

A Poetic Plea.

Poetic Ramblings.
Related articles by other Wikinut members;
Why writing could be your ultimate form of expression? By Tamiya.
Why Write? By Martin Rojas
Help for New Writers, What to Write when you don't know what to Write by Mark Gordon Brown.

Join me on Wikinut and get paid for what you write.

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Hi there! I am Songbird B, and I am a semi-pro female Jazz vocalist. I have a huge passion for Jazz music, and I love writing Poetry, which I have done all my life. I am very Spiritual in my beliefs, and love Photography, Music and Garden Design....I...(more)

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author avatar D in The Darling
22nd May 2011 (#)

Beautiful! You have said everything in here my friend even those things that would have taken years to start thinking about.

Good writers are said to be those that write more about "What Makes Their Boats Float"

Here you've outdone yourself. You're a star. Congratulations on the star shining up in your little sky.

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author avatar Maria Malone
22nd May 2011 (#)

Well written and great cross over article from poetry to article writing!!

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
22nd May 2011 (#)

Some people like writting poetry, and that is just great.. but over all factual articles get far more views.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
22nd May 2011 (#)

A, wonderful look into the heart of writing, thanks Songbird!

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author avatar Greenfaol
22nd May 2011 (#)

What delicia says, plus I doubt there is a person out there who hates your writing, you have a beautifully destinct voice and a true talent xx

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
22nd May 2011 (#)

You have written a wonderful articlde so brilliantly stating what both the reader and writer experience. A very, very well desrved star page. Congratulations, Songbird. You are as talented a writer as there is.

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author avatar Carol Kinsman
22nd May 2011 (#)

Very well written, Songbird B. Congratulations on your star page!

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author avatar Denise O
22nd May 2011 (#)

I was waiting for the hubby (<eyeroll>) to get ready, before we go see our nephew in the hospital and go grocery shopping. I thought I would check out what ya wrote today. This is too long of a article to read, absorb and get out the door. I will get back to you tonight. Hmmm, what makes me write. Started off good, I am sure it ends great and the format looks wonderful.:)

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author avatar Carol
22nd May 2011 (#)

Great article well done on the star, and keep writing , your thoughts and emotions are conveyed so well, and I love to read your work!

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author avatar Denise O
23rd May 2011 (#)

Songbird, I thought about this last night as we were doing our errands and as usual, I have some thing to say.LOL
I feel all people that write are creative. I also consider all of it as works of art. I have to admit, I have gained the love of poetry since writing on wikinut. We have such talented folks writing in that forum, so it has been easy to fall in love with the beauty of it all. I will also admit, I don't always understand it or, I take the poem in my own way and not the way the writer intended it to be taken but, in my defense. It is just like looking at a painting, we all see it in a different light. I also have to say, you are one of the ones that has opened my eyes to the beauty of this forum and I am better for it. I write because, I have always been a artistic person, it has run in my family for generations on my mama's side. My mama was not only our baseball coach, our cheerleading coach and our basketball coach but. she was also, my first art teacher. Mama always took things to the extreme and in a good way, might I add. Our home was the coolest decorated home in any town we lived in during the holidays. My mama would give it her all. It was just magical to me. I had felt a bit of a void in my life the last few years, since my kids moved out and I have not been able to pick up my charity work, as I did before I was sick some years back. Then I found wikinut. After some months of crap articles, I started to go read the star pages and then I saw the beauty of it all. I also started to really listen to what Mark and Jerry was trying to teach me and after I started to figure it out. I fell in love with writing, more so than I could have ever of imagined. I would not be telling you the whoe truth if I didn't add...
I have always been a caretaker of many and having this forum has allowed me to keep doing what I feel I was intended to do here on earth and that is, helping others. One thing that physically I am not able to do, like I could prior to me being sick. I have to admit though, at times I think to myself, why the heck would any one care what this Alabama woman has to say and then just laugh. I guess I must float their boat. I know you float mine. Congrats on the star page, it is well deserved. As always, thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar johnnydod
23rd May 2011 (#)

Wonderful wonderful, you have put to words what many think, well written, and well put, I think this has got to be one of your best Bev wonderful wonderful

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author avatar Poetic2984
24th May 2011 (#)

Well done - always titillate the mind

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author avatar richardpeeej
25th May 2011 (#)

I am sure that there are a lot of people who can relate to this article and what you are saying Bev . Poetry can be a very personal thing and it is viewed so differently in many different eyes. Great article and well deserved star page too..I am sure that you will have many more star pages...

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author avatar Songbird B
25th May 2011 (#)

I find it so hard to believe the incredible responses to this article, as I was so full of self-doubt when writing it...It was started in March, and has taken me all this time to have the courage to press the submit button! lol. Thank you all for your comments, they are really appreciated. Denise, what a great share that was, and so wonderful to hear how writing affects you...Yours was a joy to read, and as for you, Johnny...I blush crimson at your praise.
Rich...always supportive...the man who believed in me enough to push me into publishing on-line...Thank you most of all. You are a such a supportive friend to me.

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author avatar Minakshi
20th Jun 2011 (#)

absolutely wonderful........
you have written things so well and undoubtedly it deserves a star....congrates!
i loved it....great effort and well done!

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author avatar Pink&Blue
12th Jul 2011 (#)

Great article Song bird and good tips on writing and reading poetry...

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author avatar Rathnashikamani
21st Aug 2011 (#)

Wonderful analysis of writing and the urge to express oneself.

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author avatar Bets
8th Nov 2011 (#)

Just being a true believer in the joy rhelm of writing and among other writers here at wikinut. Mine will be brief this time; beforehence, most comments lengthy I thought until I read the one by Denise O. Had to; it's right there in front of my eyes and it sure caught my attention. Smiles and congrats for a star page Songbird. I think the following says it all for me; "Creative Expression
Poetry may be a simple and easy way to express creativity. Expressing creativity may be a way that helps to foster meaning in our lives." Your friend at wikinut... Bets

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author avatar Songbird B
8th Nov 2011 (#)

Hi Bets! So good to see you here on my page... This made an interesting debate, and I had great feedback..Thank you for adding your post to this too my friend..

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author avatar Denise O
16th Jan 2012 (#)

I have to admit, I was looking at your pages, to see what kind of tags you use for poetry. Your pages are a great help, thank you.
My friend, I am so sorry my comment earlier had taken up so much space. I did not mean to offend, if I did...
I am sorry.
In my defense, I find visiting your pages, just makes me feel like we are sitting at your kitchen table, sipping tea. As we just chat about.
Thank you for the tags help.:)

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author avatar Denise O
16th Jan 2012 (#)

Oh now I see why this page came up as poetry. You have poetry in your summary. I was thinking, darn I can't use any of these. rofl
I crack myself up. Well, I found plenty from your other pages. There I go, using more of your space...oops. Have a blessed day hon.:)

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author avatar Sheila Newton
10th Apr 2012 (#)

Spot on, girl. you say it all here to us writers who are sometimes too happy in our comfort zone and don't want to try something new. Great stuuf, girl.

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
6th Jun 2012 (#)

Very heartfelt and very important. I loved you information about the psychological insight of writing poetry and understand a little more about the drivers. Many are almost the same coincidentally for other types of writing.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
24th Jun 2013 (#)

I liked this article. Poetry that doesn't rhyme or have pretty strict meter doesn't float my boat, but other surely do love it. My writing style is my talking style from decades of teaching. Some people love it. Writers (esp. the ones who view themselves as pros) hate it. It's too casual. But it is my voice. I happen to love it. And I loved your article. Writers should write what floats their boats for whatever reason they decide to float them. There are so many categories and subcategories here that you can't stumble upon something you don't want to read. I hope you are still keeping it real -- have a wonderful day!

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
7th Aug 2013 (#)

Searching back on a few old posts and this one is certainly inspiring.

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