Minimalist Poetry: a Merging of Genres?

shortest-poemSince the early 20th century, minimalist poetry proceeded from “Adam / Had ‘em” by Strickland Gillilan, to the letter you see on the right, written (or should I say designed?) by Aram Saroyan. The question is, when the poets start applying the very style of the written word, does it still count as pure literature? Are minimalist expanding the definition of this genre, and are we going see more of such pieces in the future?

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Write, Then Rewrite

rewriteNot a few days ago, a disaster occurred: almost all of my documents on the novel perished into digital nothingness. Since I’m not a sort of a person who would abandon a huge project because of a hardware problem, I resolved to rewrite all of it. Even so, you can imagine my despair.

However, as I started re-doing things I thought I’ve already done, some fun stuff happened.

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Characters vs. Plot

Plot-vs-CharacterThese two driving elements of fiction have been arising debates between writers since the beginning of the twentieth century, if not earlier. Some claim a gripping plot attracts more readers; others seem keen to prove that it’s characters who cause the plot in the first place. As was promised in this entry, I will tell you why characters are more important than the plot.

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Some Extremely Short Stories

Two first of those are the results of my Day 8 with “30 Days of Inspiration” (a free eBook I thoroughly recommend you to download here), which proposes to write a love story and a ghost story in less than 20 words. All of the following pieces present sheer experiments with form and meaning in no more than the said number of words. I leave the the outcomes to your judgment.

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Flesh Out Your Characters: Start Using the POV

130313004800-enneagram-personality-types-story-topOr soul out, in case you want a ghost.

Whatever is the nature of your creation, every single writing tutorial or article screams not to produce uniform armies of cardboard stickmen or better yet, numerous versions of yourself. How can you do that? Easy: combine the people you know, wash off clichés if any, add a flavour of quirks, season with flaws, cook uncovered for a day or two by completing a questionnaire—shazam! You’ve got a character. Could be tiresome but the recipe is not essentially difficult.

Except there is more to creating characters than that.

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