Are you ready to write your own poem? Here are some steps to help you get started:
Think about the purpose of your poem
Inspiration usually comes when you know the purpose of your literary work. It will also dictate the length, form, style and language that will be used in your poem so make sure that you determine your purpose first.
Try to stay away from clichés
There are already a lot of poems written around the world, so it’s very important to stay unique and avoid clichés. Stay away from familiar characters or plots because it will not only make writing harder but it will also waste your energy knowing that your poem will just be like any other poem out there.
Choose your subject or theme
Choosing a subject will help you focus your mind on just one thing while you’re writing your poem. Your subject is not limited to a person or place. It can also be an emotion, an object, an animal or even time.
Select the right poem format
Poems come in different formats so you’re not limited to just minding the rhymes and meters. You can explore different poetry styles but go for the easiest ones first if you’re a beginner. Some of the most common choices would be free verse, haiku, narrative and acrostic.
Avoid too much sentimentality
While a poem should evoke a feeling or emotion from your audience, you have to avoid being too sentimental because it affects the literary quality of your poem. Focus on your subject and work your way around presenting the issues that you want to talk about in your poem rather than just thinking about how to make your work more emotional.
Start with one line
When you start writing a poem, you’re not really required to work from the title up to the last line. In fact, you just need to start with one line that comes out of your head. This could serve as your title, opening line or just the foundation for the rest of your poem. Worry about perfect formatting later so you can really focus on your creativity as you start adding more lines to your poem.
At the end of the day, writing a poem means that you can freely express yourself through words that rhyme. So why not give it a try?