Poetry can be a challenge to write. You may think that poetry isn’t your forte, but remember, practice can make any writer stand out. Here are six ways to make your poetry stand out from others. Originality is where the best work is created, to do so here are ways to craft your writing.
1. Sign up for Writing Workshops
Having trouble writing the perfect poem? Signing up for online writing workshops can help boost your experience. Writing is a craftsmanship that needs to be constantly practiced and tinkered with. You may be wondering do I need to go to college or pay for such classes? If college is something you are aiming for to perfect your poetry as a career, then it’s up to you. If this is more of a hobby, I would recommend finding online certification courses or programs to gain more writing knowledge. Here are three free writing workshops you can do online.
2. Poetry Prompts
Prompts are another way to help craft your poems. Sometimes you may not have any ideas to work on. It can be writer’s block or lack of inspiration. Prompts can create those ideas for you. It’s a small stepping stone to the real creative work. Prompts can be guides to conjure inspiration and ideas. Writing workshops may use poetry prompts to help direct their students. Even online writing contests may have those. It’s good practice and lets the creative imagination come to life.
3. Read Poems Aloud, Analyze
If you are doing poetry, you must have a few favorites of your own. In order to create your own work, its good to look at other poems. When reading a poem, the key is to read aloud. Make sure to pause or add any exclamations where it’s been written. Ask yourself, where does the poem get interesting to you, what metaphors or language use do they do that sparks interest. It may be alliteration, certain words meshed together, metaphor, structure or imagery of a poem. Many of these reasons can help you start your own poem. When reading aloud you can hear these literary tools be put to use. If you feel like you are struggling with any of these things, read your poems aloud. Analyze your work just like you analyze other poets’ work.
4. Use Language People Understand
You may think that your poem sounds unsophisticated or plain. That may not be the case. Being real with your writing is what makes it unique and special. Don’t try adding words you don’t understand the meaning to. Use what you know, whether it be experiences, metaphors, or other images. This can make your poem original. Learning new words can be useful but make sure that it’s purpose is to flow with the poem and not just to add on. Many poets learn new words and metaphors, use them when the time is right.
5. Network with Other Poets
What better way to gain experience and advice then by other poets. Find a network of poets your age or even older. Start a group or find a group online that has poets. This is an opportunity to network and learn from others. You may be surprised that each of these individuals have similar worries, concerns, and interests as you. Networking gives you a community of writers that may have opportunities for you to share your work, learn new skills, job opportunities, and friends. Your writing community just got bigger.
6. Imagery in Poetry
Instead of using complex words or phrases, give the readers an image. Imagery is the best way to self express in poems. When describing the five senses, picture something that reminds you of that sense. Even expressing emotion through creative metaphors can get cliché. Start with an image of what that emotion conveys to you.
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