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Hello, it’s Abby, your newest tip girl, going to tell you about how to write a good poem. Hope you enjoy!



1. Discover as much as you can about poetry.

If you’re reading this, that probably means you want to learn how to write good poems, and you’re interested in poetry. So, read poetry. Study the techniques, meet poets, and if you’re really serious about this, take writing workshops, and consider getting a mentor.

2. Be sensitive (that is, if you’re not already)

Figure out what YOU think is beautiful, and recognize your emotions, so that you can grasp them, and maybe write about them in a poem. Keep a ‘Feelings Journal” if you want to, or put it in your poetry journal alongside your poems.

3. Keep your mind open, and be willing to think differently.

4. Make time to write.

You should probably have some sort of paper and a writing utensil wherever you go, so write whenever you’re waiting. Whether you’re in a plane, in a line, at school, or even just bored at home, remember, you can always write.

5. Be patient and honest.

Don’t steal other poets words, write only what YOU want to write. You may have to wait awhile before the right word comes to you, and it doesn’t hurt to have a thesaurus around! Also, you’ll probably have to make many drafts of a poem until you feel its right. Don’t get discouraged.

6. When you receive criticism, listen and learn

Don’t live on criticism. After all, people are trying to help you improve your poems.

7. Feel free to write a bad poem.

Don’t tear it out of your journal, because although people may laugh at it, you have a chance to look at it later and maybe rewrite it.

8. If you don’t like a certain poem or poet, figure out why.

Maybe you’re doing the exact same thing in your poetry, and when you realize this, it could fix your poem.

Also, figure out why you LIKE some poets. You can try to reflect this in your own poetry.

9. Don’t back away from subjects that make you uncomfortable.

Your “personal demons” can be published. There are many poems about the dark side of life, and not everything has to be happy for people to like it.

10. Think about what you want to achieve with each separate poem you write. This can help you stay on the right path while writing a poem.

11. Use poetic devices. Get used to them.

You may want to print this:
http://www.online-literature.com/forums/showthread.php?3756-Poetic-Literary-Devices

12. Share your work.

People like to hear poems, s read it to them. While you’re reading out loud, you may notice the syllable count is awkward, or a particular word sounds strange. Change it. You can also get people’s feedback from sharing, and you can then look at the poem through new eyes. If they simply say they don’t like it, ask them why.



Making a poetry journal:

 Decorate however you want!

A few things you may want to include:

-Other people’s poems (for inspiration)
-Pictures of things (they might spark an idea later)

-lists of subjects for poems (this way, if you don’t know what to write about, you can look back to the list!)

-Objects that inspire you

-written down parts of a conversation you had

-Your dreams

-Poem drafts (maybe one line comes to you, but you can’t figure out the rest!)

-Your poems! (of course! ♥)

Writing exercises:

http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/writing-poetry.html

http://stacienaczelnik.hubpages.com/hub/Five-Poetry-Writing-Exercises

http://www2.hn.psu.edu/faculty/jmanis/assign/e50x2.htm

http://www.writingforward.com/writing_exercises/writing-exercises/poetry-writing-exercises-post


Get more poetry tips here!

http://www.squidoo.com/how-to-write-poetry


You never know when inspiration will come to you, so always be prepared with these items! ♥

-Poetry journal (this can be a small pocket journal that you can carry anywhere, or a bigger one you could carry, or put in a bag.

-Pen or pencil

-Colored pencils (optional) Maybe adding a picture to your poem will help.

-Pocket dictionary

-Pocket thesaurus (for if you can’t find just the right word)

I’m sure all you can think of others, but for now I’ll leave it at that.

I hope you liked this tip!
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