Why Should You Improve Your Poetry
When your expression improves, you get more satisfaction from your writing – many poets write as therapy, and aren’t sure if they want to improve or edit.
We argue you should!
Okay, so how can you actually improve your poetry?
1. Understand What Poetry Itself Is
A condensed story to create an emotion in a reader. Take a sentence, remove unnecessary words, and read it out loud. Add line breaks where you need to pause.
You may take a look at this article from Young Post on understanding poetry.
2. Read, Read Read!
The well-stocked poetry journals at your local bookstore are a great place.
You can also read works shared by various poets.
You may read some of the greatest poems here.
3. Rhyming is a common distraction for new poets
I’d suggest poets master non-rhyming poems first.
The left-brain skill of matching word endings distracts strongly from the primary purpose of an emotional story. More on rhyme & forced rhyme.
4. Associate with poets you admire.
Facebook is perfect for this! Take your friendships here to the next level by email, IM, phone. Don’t be afraid to ask for help or for someone to be your mentor.
5. Keep a journal and write every day
Collect your notes until they’re ready to be combined into a poem.
Write at least 30 minutes every day.
6. Editing is (actually) required – even for a newbie poet
Take it seriously. Poetry is generally made from two parts
A lot of poets stop after their initial inspiration and they never edit. They probably just do not find a reason or they need for it.
Just so you know, editing is an absolutely necessary part of a strong poetic process.
So, take it seriously.
This video should work you through the process of editing your poem before pressing publish or post at the very least.
(We picked this video because it is more personal and would help a young poet)
7. Join a writing group
Get comfortable with people you trust to critique your work.
There are tons of writing communities out there one can join.
Being a part of a writing group means you get to read the works of other writers/poets. You’d probably meet a few who you may be better than. It also avails you the opportunity to learn how others are doing things e.g self-publishing, editing, dealing with writer’s block.
And who knows, you might just end up meeting your next writing partner in one of these communities,
8. Meet up in person writing groups near you.
Online is great but can sometimes lack depth that comes more easily in meeting up and relating with people in person.
9. Read your poem out loud every day
All writers know the magic reading your works out loud does to improve the works eventually.
For poets, apart from the fact that it helps to actually find ou some really nasty errors, it also helps you get a feel of the poem.
10. Work on a single poem for a few days
work on a single poem for at least a few days as you read it you’ll see different things each time.