How do I start writing poetry and writing stuff?
There is not right or wrong way to begin.
The way I was taught to write poetry was by writing two poems a week, one in form and the other one in free verse.
So I would pick one form (villanelle, sonnet, sestina, pantoum, etc.
) per week and follow it as closely as possible.
I don't recommend picking a form and then “breaking the rules” as a method of learning though, it’s important to learn to write within constraints.
*Don’t be afraid to write about the same thing over and over at the beginning.
* When I started my career as a poet, I tried to write about something different every poem and that was limiting to me.
Read poetry from all periods, and imitate it.
Every literary movement experimented in different ways.
Read the romantics, modernists, postmodernists, new formalists, spoken word, etc.
Try to understand the strengths and weaknesses of each movement.
The *most* important advice however, is: find a couple of friends/ aqcuantances to be your editors.
Show your poetry to people.
If you just write and keep it to yourself you will never improve (even Emily Dickinson shared her work with few people!).
Ask the man what they like and dislike.
It's easy to “fall in love” with one of your poems just because you wrote it.
But from my experience, my friends and editors have helped me realize that a lot of the poems I liked weren't actually good, and that a lot of poems I thought were meh had a lot of potential.
But the most important thing is just to have fun with it.
Poetry doesn't pay (money) so it might as well be fun! Don't judge yourself when you write it.
It’s important to be able to just write whatever on a page without worrying about it being good or bad.
Become a compassionate writer to yourself, and a ruthless editor.
Don't get attached to a line or a poem because it means something to you.
There is no poem that is born complete.
I know a lot of poems that don't edit their work and their poems are underwhelming or simply do not reach their full potential.
Remember 90% of good writing is good editing!
Thanks for the A2A Tanya.
So let me ask you something before answering your question.
What are you thinking right now?You surely must be somewhere thinking something.
We humans think something or the other every time.
Write some lines on what you are seeing right now apart from reading this answer.
Poetry writing is not tough.
The best part is there is no such thing as bad poetry.
Poetry can never be bad .
It's just that sometimes you relate to some poetry more closely than any other poem but that doesn't mean the other poems you read at that time was bad.
You just didn't relate to it.
Let me give you an example.
Am sitting in my balcony as it's a nice cool evening in New Delhi and so this is what I can write:
Well I see kids playing amidst the rustling trees,
And I see this grandpa running with his grandson
Oh boy he doesn't even care about his paining knees.
Bang bang goes the little kid with his fake gun
And that his how you spend your evening and have super fun.
Now this may still sound a bit amateur and childish poetry but that's how anyone can start.
Poetry is about two things.
Emotions and temperament.
Start writing about any damn wild thing you can imagine write now and show it to people but getting started is important.
All the best.
This answer might be exactly opposite and different to what people have told you all this long.
However, poetry isn’t something you need to learn and write.
There definitely are a few guidelines you must stick to, however, it won’t be appreciated if it’s a piece of well constructed empty thing.
Start by writing about things that you have loved the most.
Find out the deepest fact about your love to it, explore!
I’d suggest you first start reading poetry.
Here’s a very good book containing popular works by well known poets.
It’s name is Whispers of Immortality.
Read it when you are relaxing.
Furthermore, if you are planning to do creative writing as well, I’d suggest you read short stories.
Loads of short stories.
There are available in tons on Wattpad.
You’d love those.
Since creative writing has not been my forte, I don’t have much to say on it.
All in all, take it easy.
Start with whatever.
My first poem had infinite number of grammatical mistakes, it never made sense to anybody.
I’ve improved and so will anybody who’ll put effort into something.
Simply, don’t try to hit the bulls eye on the first shot.
Instead, try to explore the target!
Read Colleen says Read in a readable way
2017–09–01 19:51 mst
Poem Title : writing stuff
Well first Colleen
Tells you how it's always been
So you have to have some words to write
And you'll learn those words by reading
You want to know how to start
It requires you to have some words any words all the words
And then we need I mean you need to want to Say Them
You pick a topic something you enjoy go with the flow you remember when you were talking to that guy or was it that girl
And you could feel the language coming out of you in conversation as if something was just clicking on the way you were explaining yourself you had the feeling like your words were actually working for once
I've read and met a lot of writers who don't like to write unless it's working
That is your stylin Jazz style with perfect diction
I'mnot that guy
I always have a story I always have
And I've tried to put them in various places
And as to “ what will I write about?”
and I mean this without sarcasm
it's the questions here the twinkle my writing into creation on topics I'd never thought of or answers I've had in my mind and said out loud to groups of friends I thousand times but now they are produced here
Find some questions that demand your words
Writing poetry is as simple as writing in a diary, you capture your feeling and express them is words.
The nice thing about writing poetry is you can bend the rules required in other writing formats.
Years ago when I taught poetry I put together my lessons of poetry which I hope with help you.
The First Lesson
Writing a poem is just like writing a short story, you need to include the 3 W's (Who, What and Why) if you want your readers to understand your work.
Many poets only write part of the story, they make the mistake of thinking everyone is in their head and assumes everyone knows or understands what they know.
Say you are writing a poem about a boy/girl you know, if you don't tell that to your readers how are they going to understand about the Who of your poem.
I read hundreds of poems that say things like "She broke my heart" but never bother to explain who she is or how she did it or even why she did it before they move on to something else like "I forgot her and moved on".
If you read a book that was so cryptic or vague you most likely would lose interest in it and not finish reading it.
I tell every poet I know they need to have someone read their poetry out loud to them so they can hear how it sounds.
When you read it yourself your mind fills in the gaps because it knows the whole story, but when you listen to it being read out loud to you, you'll only hear the words written.
Hearing it read to you is the best way to catch the small mistakes we all make.
The Second Lesson
Vocabulary! Write it the same way you would say it.
Another mistake I see all the time in poems is where someone used a word that they didn't understand what the word really meant.
This is the problem of using just a thesaurus, you look at a list of words with the same meaning but this is not always true.
An example of this is the word LOST, say you are writing about something you lost, well absent is the first word that comes up on your thesaurus.
An absent sock doesn't really mean the same thing as a lost sock.
Also, you can't smell green or see happy without explaining just what you mean.
Oh you can say (It was such a good day you could see the happiness.
) If you use just that line without a supporting line then people are not really going to understand.
Oh, you will get comments on your work but if you were to ask people what they thought that line meant their answers would be as vague as that line.
Some of the best poems use simple words to get great depth and emotional meaning so: write it the same way you would say it and only use words that you know what they mean and if you are going to use a writing tool like a thesaurus also take the time to look the word's meaning up.
Already there are great bunch of answers.
I am in line with anything new that I could add here.
Let's look in a plain and a raw perspective.
You want to write and that's awesome.
But, what do you want to write about and where do you want to write? Have you thought about it yet?
And what have you been writing so far? Words? Sentences? Stories?
Where do you start off lies in these answers.
Start with something you are totally comfortable in.
Be it something written on cards, letters, messages or maybe start with describing something that you saw or have a memory of.
Take a random picture and write about it.
Take a line and list down how are the ways you could interpret it.
There are amazing ways to start.
But, I repeat a famous quote apt for the context, 'To begin, begin!”.
Poetry is all about Capture a feeling that you experienced, “Action like Camera ”.
Only you experienced the feeling that you want to express, so only you will know whether your poem succeeds.
Come up with these Question, that should certainly rise
Lesson to write the Poem and Stuff that allure your audience
thanks for the A2A.
Just start with whatever comes to your mind.
That’s raw poetry and pretty enjoyable.
Start with rhyming words at the end, that imho will be simple and easy.
You may also read up about basic technical terms on Wikipedia and check YouTube videos for better understanding terms and styles.
But start writing randomly.
For general writing, you may want to try diary writing to begin with and noting done your daily/hourly/weekly experiences.
It’s old-school Twitter minus any cap on words ! 😀
Just go into dreamland and write anything you feel like.
Try all genres.
Write about a minimum of 100 words or 500 words.
You’ll find you end up writing more than the target amount of words.
See which genre you excel at.
Don’t shy away from any.
Maybe you have a penchant for writing horror stories.
Or maybe you have a vivid imagination for writing adventure stories.
Write and read what you write to see which turns out to be the most enjoyable read.
My answer may be a bit more relaxed as compared to the rest of these answers, but as such, I feel poetry should be relaxed.
I love poetry because it comes from the heart.
It should be organized purely in the sense that most people can read and comprehend it, but not so much so that it is forced and contrived.
It should always be real.
The genuine thoughts and emotions your feeling should be put on paper as words.
Simple as that.
To me, that is poetry.
I’ve always found that the best poetry I have ever written are the poems I wrote when I was at my most emotional, my most vulnerable, in my deepest possible thoughts, as well as pain.
Everyone has a story, but It only makes sense that people who have never been through that much in their life and had a fairly easy ride throughout their lives do not write poetry and do not get it, or try to get it but never really grasp its realness.
Poetry is angst, pain, passion, opinion, fact, beauty, sadness, happiness, anger, in word form.
No more and no less.
If you go by your genuine thoughts and feelings, the rhythm and organization of the poem will naturally follow.
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