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6 Tips For Writing Poetry

Having trouble getting your thoughts down on paper? Here's some helpful tips!

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6 Tips For Writing Poetry

Anyone who has a passion for writing will agree that one of the most frustrating things to deal with is writer's block. To help avoid this, I've taken the time to write out some tips that have helped me churn out better poems.

1. Deciding On A Prompt

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Close your eyes and take a deep breath, then write down the first five thoughts that come to mind. Use these thoughts to create your prompt.

2. Writing Your First Draft

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Set the timer on your phone for one to two minutes. Don't stop writing until the timer is up, and no second guessing!

3. Format

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Now that you've written your draft, decide on whether or not you want your poem to rhyme (they don't always have to)!

4. Word Choice

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Highlight each adjective and piece of imagery you use - could it be better?

5. Technique

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See if you can employ some literary technique into your writing without using any clichés. A way I like to do this is to use alliteration - a repetitive use of the same sound or start in consecutive words.

6. Continuity

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Try to pick a couple of key words or phrases in your work and reference them in other parts. It doesn't have to be a direct reference - it can even be a play on words.

And You're Finished!

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Hopefully after following these steps you've come up with a final draft. With that being said, here is what I was able to come up with using the words Smoke, Fruit, Candle, Juice, and Book.

Fruit Juice

In the kitchen my head swims in smoke

Dizzy with the scent of jasmine and sandalwood.

The hazy glow of candlelight licks towards the sky

Languid and soothing;

In stark contrast to the tang on my tongue

As I turn fruit flesh to pulp.

Juice dribbles down my chin

Until it drips and soaks into the page of my book,

Blurring the ink.

My eyes strain with an ancient ache

In a fruitless attempt to decipher

Something not meant to be read.

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