- Write what's on your heart. Be completely honest, and don't hold back. Poetry can be a way to release your emotions and work through the issues of life.
- Don't force rhyming. Not all poems rhyme, and that's okay. It's better not to rhyme than to have the rhymes be forced or clichéd.
- Make sure the poem flows. How does it sound when read aloud? Are you tripping over words? If so, see what you can reword or eliminate.
- If you're having trouble forming your poem, put each line you want to include on an index card. You'll then be able to move them around to see how various placements work.
- Write using various forms. It's okay to experiment and have a terrible poem. Experimenting might give you a fresh look into the world of poetry. You also might find something you really enjoy.
- Use imagery. The use of vivid and descriptive language gives your reader a great picture. Use specific words, similes, metaphors, and personification to convey your ideas.
- Don't forget your senses. Think about how your topic can be described using taste, touch, sight, sound, and smell.
- Keep a notebook nearby to jot down ideas as they come to you. You can always go back and elaborate on them. Paging through a notebook of your thoughts is a great way to spark creativity.
- Have fun!
Tips For Writing Better Poetry
Published on February 2014