13 Things You Think While Writing A Poem
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13 Things You Think While Writing A Poem

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13 Things You Think While Writing A Poem
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Writing a poem is a process, and certainly isn't nearly as easy as most people think. A lot of time and effort go into a few short lines.

1. The inspiration hits.

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Of course, I'll remember such genius writing. I can sleep and wake up tomorrow remembering it perfectly.

2. You pretend you'll remember it later.

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You can totally go to sleep and wake up tomorrow refreshed and remember exactly your idea tomorrow morning.

3. You forget.

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4. When you remember again, you write it down.

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You've learned your lesson... until next time.

5. But it's not over yet.

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It never is. All you have right now is the first sketchings of the poem. Now the not-so-fun part happens.

6. Develop and expand.

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Fill it out, insert a gazillion metaphors, rhyme schemes, imagery, and so on...

7. Edit.

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8. Take a break.

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Always remember to take a breather to come back to your poem with fresh eyes.

9. Edit again.

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10. Repeat steps seven through nine by infinity.

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11. Polish it up.

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It's starting to look like something that is shared on Facebook or reblogged on Tumblr a lot!

12. The final product!

Love it or hate it, it's done. It's done!!

13. Now what?

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Now that it's done, be sure not to let your poem slip into the depths of your hard drive and never see the light of day again. Ask a professor for feedback, submit to literary magazines, competitions and scholarships, and keep writing!

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