Hi. I haven’t written one of these kinds of “talking to you” posts in a while (shh, don’t tell the new readers). Mainly because I’ve been working like heck on The Choice of Aurvandil which, I’m trying mah best to finish before the end of July as if I am actually participatin’ in NaNoWreeemoe 😛
Some people say NaNoWrymoe. But please, don’t give me that wry smile (I say with a wry smile).
And I’m not participating but it helps to motivate to write almost every day if I get into that “Oh, I need to finished before the end of July!” mode.
Now, let’s get to the grit of this article, shall we?
and you’ll see,
a door with a lock.
But you don’t own the key.
But I do.
It’s the key to poetry.
As if there’s a secret way to write poetry *rolls eyes* Sometimes on Wattpad or other community writing sites, I have seen people ask,
“How do you write poetry?”
Maybe it’s easier for people who have actually gone to a poetry class and actually learned how to write prose and stuff.
But I just copied the ways in which real poets wrote poetry, so it’s hard for me to say.
My mom exposed me from an early age to books of poems. I still have them today. They are children’s poetry but some, although for children, do have deeper meanings and I still enjoy reading them today 🙂
She also made me memorize some Who knows why. I never asked.
what to tell people who actually want to learn? How to get a complete utter
helpless newbie to write poetry other than telling them to, “Just write it!”
- I think they should read a whole bunch of poems. That will show them how easy poetry actually is. You don’t have to use fancy words for it to be a poem for goodness sake.
- Experiment. Like anything, practice makes (almost) perfect. “Almost” because nothing is ever completely utterly PERFECT. But you can be the best you can be.
- Share it. Share it with other people. Friends, family, colleagues even maybe, your pet (you know I’m kidding), or online. Ask them what they think.
That’s about all I can say. I can’t tell you what style you should write in. Everyone has their own style which develops over the years.
Poetry I wrote when I was 14 is vastly immature compared to the ones I write now.
Note that I didn’t reveal my current age 😉
So yeah, you grow, develop, like with any writing.
Just let your thoughts flow onto paper, experiment, and have fun.
After you kind of start getting an idea of what poetry is, and you kind of have a few poems written that you’re proud of, and you kind of maybe want to make a poetry collection, NEVER push.
If you try to push yourself to write a poem (especially for a collection in my opinion) it’s going to SUCK.
Don’t ever do it unless you believe this form of suckiness actually helps you grow. Or, you’re a masochi…never mind, keeping it PG13 in here.
Nothing to see.
Heh heh… 😛
Alright, I’ve done my deed.
Now go forth and write poetry! 😀