Tanka, Somonka or Renga?

The somonka is a Japanese poetry form, derived from Chinese poetry, which became popular in courtly life over a thousand years ago. It began as a form of love poetry, sending messages or greetings to each other. One would write the first stanza, the other would write a response to it. Nowadays, one poet can... Continue Reading →

After the First Draft

Advice from one of our members on the Editing process Finished! So you have finally finished a first draft. What do you do next? Firstly, congratulate yourself. Many people who begin writing never complete a full draft. So in all seriousness, have a drink/chocolate/whatever you enjoy. Secondly, step away from the computer/notebook. To properly approach... Continue Reading →

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