So how do y'all feel about multies?
  • So how do y'all feel about multies? Personally, I like them. I use them and they offer a more creative challenge to your writing, especially when starting out. I find them easy when staying simple, but once you add more syllables to rhyme to like 4 or 6, well, I sometimes find myself stuck in a rut after that. Then once you use certain rhyme schemes like a..."ABBACC" rhyme scheme, you get a kinda good feel about yourself. For the record, I've never done that.

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If you're using syllable structured form in poetry....
newyearsjay answered your question: I get confused with syllables…is the word neon one or two?

I would say two

elibird replied to your post: I get confused with syllables…is the word neon one or two?

2 in my book. Knee-on.

That’s what I thought, but the first and third syllable counters I tried indicated one. I guess with poetry, you can play hard and fast with the specifics of syllables to make the phrase work.

So I’m trying out creating some Tanka poetry. It’s a five line Japanese form in which the syllables you use in each line works like this; 5, 7, 5, 7, 7. I had the bare bones of a poem sitting in my drafts page for over a year, and decided to restructure it into Tanka when I couldn’t get to sleep last night.

“Neon” is a strange one, because if you think of the sounds of a word starting and ending with the opening and closing of the mouth, then neon would just be one syllable. If you say it faster than you would usually say it, it feels like just one syllable, but in regularly speed it feels like it should be two.

thequantumjumper asked:

I find it perplexing that you would take issue with the word perplexing.

I don’t inherently dislike the use of the word “perplexing,” but I DO have problems with charts like the post you are referencing.

commonly I see “references for writers!!” “how to make your writing more interesting!!” “all writers need this chart” posts and it’s just a mile long list of words that are multisyllabic synonyms for things that could have been said in a more succinct, less awkward way.

it leads new writers to thinking that they need to look for different words that mean “mad” (and if they are getting real fancy, words that mean a certain type of mad) to make their work better.

however, more often than not these writers work with creative fiction, and that line of thinking leads to very clunky, painful writing. want a professional example? pick up a stephanie meyer novel. she does this all the time (think the rather humorous list of all the ridiculous ways she replaced “said” in her dialogue tags in twilight).

so yeah. perplexed isn’t bad. in a academic paper it could fit, or in a work with a humorous tone it would do nicely. it could be GREAT in poetry, and I would suggest it if you have a character that’s a pompous asshole speaking. but do I think it would be in a drop down chart of words that “every writer needs to know”??? absolutely not.

in fact, the concept of a master list words EVERY writer needs /in itself/ perplexes me.

Dylan Owen (@DylanOwenmusic) to Release There's More To Life EP This Summer

Dylan Owen (@DylanOwenmusic) to Release There’s More To Life EP This Summer

New York rap artist Dylan Owen is releasing his highly-anticipated There’s More To Life EP this summer on June 8th. The album comes as the latest installment of Dylan’s coming-of-age journey following previous releases Keep Your Friends Close and Senioritis giving listeners a peek into his life with his confessional storytelling and fast multisyllabic rhymes. “Everything Gets Old” and “Sail Up…

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