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10 Tips For Writing Poetry by Steve F Rock

Too much thinking isn’t a good thing!

When it comes to writing poetry I have met plenty of people who spend it thinking and not writing, or writing and not wanting to tell anybody about it for fear of people laughing at them.

Get over it.

Here are 10 simple tips to help get you writing:

  1. Vomit Copy Very few people will write a master piece at the first time of asking. You have to write rubbish first. What I do with all things I write is except that the first few attempts will be my ‘vomit copy’. It’s a little like being sick and picking the best parts out. Childish I know, but it works for me.
  2. What you create will not be liked by everyone We all have egos, some are bigger than others. We need to remember that no matter how good we thing our work is, someone else may want to laugh in your face at your work. It’s ok, smile and move on.
  3. Practice, practice, practice This one is quite obvious, if it doesn’t make sense to you then maybe you shouldn’t be writing.
  4. Read poetry! So many of us try to write in a genre without having a clue about the genre. Please don’t.
  5. Always, ALWAYS have a note pad and obviously, something to write with No matter how good your memory is, if you’re hit with a great idea for a poem, don’t test your memory as you may well forget the inspiration and a good poem will be lost to the world forever.
  6. Drafts are key Always look at what you’ve created and challenge yourself to make it better.
  7. Write from your emotions I find it easier to write what I’m feeling. On rare occasions I can tap into another persons emotion, but that is rare. When you’re starting, write what you feel and if you’re not feeling anything, find something to get emotive about and write about that.
  8. Don’t throw anything away I have plenty of notebooks filled with ideas, one liners, thoughts, etc. Sometimes I go back to these books and something may make sense and guess what; I write about it. If I didn’t have these books filled with notes, a lot of what I have written wouldn’t have been created. (Some say that’s a good thing)
  9. Ask advice from people who know Ask people who know what they’re talking about, those who can offer something that will move you forward. You wouldn’t ask a chef on how to build a wall. (Maybe you would…)
  10. Don’t take yourself too seriously Please don’t; the world is filled with sooo many serious people already.

Steve Rock



About jcladyluv

Jimmetta Carpenter is the Editor and Creator of the Free Fall Literary E-Zine and the Spoken Like A Queen E-Zine. She has dedicated herself to the power of the words and given into her passion for writing and has been writing poetry officially since the age of ten. She has a book of poetry titled “The Art of Love” published through lulu.com under the pen name Gemini. She is currently finishing up with her first novel and already working on her second. In 1998 she had her poem “Rest In Peace” published in an anthology put out by the International Library of Poetry and in the Spring of 2007 will have another poem titled “Through The Eyes of an Angel” published in another anthology also put out by the International Library of Poetry. She was also awarded the Editor’s Choice Award for that poem as well. She is looking forward to having a very long and rewarding career in writing and hopes that through living out her dreams she can inspire someone else out there to realize theirs. Her advice to other up and coming authors is to NEVER stop believing N your dreams and don’t ever be afraid to dream big. Jimmetta can be contacted by sending her an e-mail at freefall_lbp@yahoo.com or jcladyluv@yahoo.com.

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