How I Write Poetry // Tips On How To Write Poetry

How To Write Poetry/ How I Write Poetry

I have titled this how to write poetry, because I think it will help anyone who is starting off.

I have also titled it how I write poetry, because everyone is different.
Also, I dont want you to think this is the only way, or im doing it wrong, or you are.

Just write it however you please, and however works for you. I have included some little helpful tips to get your creativity flowing, and also a little list on the steps I take to write poetry.

This is how I write poetry. Its not how you should if you disagree. This post isnt a serious one way kinda thing. Just write however you like!

It’s Just Words

And it really is. Poetry is just words, formed nicely to mean or represent something.

That’s how I see it anyway.

The first thing you should do is establish what you want to do with your poetry, there could be millions of reasons, but here are a few;

  • Express your emotions
  • Express your feelings for someone/something
  • Capture your experiences
  • Releasing any negative emotions
  • Turning your poems into music
  • Writing it just for fun
  • Writing poetry for other people
  • Giving your opinion
  • Spreading awareness

At the end of the day, all poetry has a meaning, whether you intended it to or not.

Remember when you were in school and you had to analyse EVERYTHING.

Yeah, well don’t bother thinking about all that stuff when your writing.

It will just happen.

If you specifically want to add in anything like a hyperbole, or alliteration etc, then of course you can do so.

Things You Can Write About

There are so many different things you can write poetry about, and there are some weird ones out there! Just find something you have a good flow with, or a topic you can relate too or expand on, and just write it.

See if you can write a poem about a few of these examples below!

  • The Weather
  • Someone you love
  • Heartbreak
  • Someone you ‘hate’ (hates a strong word but we all have strong feelings against some people…)
  • Your passion
  • The sun
  • The moon
  • Being a female/male
  • Your personal life
  • Losing someone
  • Food
  • Music
  • The ocean
  • Transport
  • Your body
  • Where you are (on the bus, in bed, flying a kite…)
  • The world/countries/cultures
  • Sensations (Taste/smell/sound)

There could be more, if you think of anything else, comment below!

Steps I Take When Writing Poetry 

Like I stated in the beginning, this is the way that I do it.

I understand that this probably isn’t the textbook way of writing poetry… But this is what works for me!

We haven’t all gone to university to study creative writing, and neither has every single poet in the world.

Practice makes perfect, and so does being motivated and confident.

  1. Think of a subject (like the ones above)
  2. Write down words I want to include
  3. Or I grab some paper and see what comes to mind
  4. Check the words I wanted to use, and add them in if it works
  5. Shuffle the words around
  6. I speak it out loud LOTS of times (To see if the words flow nicely)
  7. Final tweaking, aka choosing better words, making sure each line has some kind of rhythm… (IT DOESN’T HAVE TO RHYME)
  8. Then I post my poem, and its done!
  9. Repeat

Pretty simple right?

Sometimes you will write a poem and look back on it and think wow that was so bad what was I thinking

But that’s all apart of the learning process!

When I am writing I might write out up to ten poems within the space of a few minutes, some of them are awful, and some of them I can follow the steps above, tweak them, and turn the poem into something I think is good.

This is how I write poetry. Its not how you should if you disagree. This post isnt a serious one way kinda thing. Just write however you like!

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Thank you for reading this post!

Let me know if you use any of my tips to help you write your own poems!

Message me if you do write, I would love to read your own work.

See you next time!

Other posts you should check out are;

My Writing Journey – Starting Again

Rupi Kaur Poetry Review

 

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This post is in no way a be all or end all on how to write poetry... It is simply how I write poetry, and a few little helpful tips for you. xxx

2 Comments

  1. March 5, 2018 / 9:05 am

    This was so so helpful! I’ve really been trying to broaden my horizons with my writing and poetry is definitely out of my comfort zone. <3

    • March 5, 2018 / 5:54 pm

      Thanks for your comment!

      Poetry was out of mine too, but when i write one that i like a lot, it’s quite rewarding!
      You should always try things out of your comfort zone!
      xxx

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