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WRITING & PUBLISHING POETRY

Your hearts desire is to become a poet? Don't quit your day job just yet!

It is very hard to earn a living from writing poetry and most poets hold down other jobs while they try to make a name for themselves.

However, if writing poetry is something you enjoy doing then there is no harm in earning a little supplementary income doing what you love to do.

The best advice for anyone wanting to write poetry is to read as much poetry as they can to become familiar with the styles of poetry out there.

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Writing & Publishing Poetry.

Since the introduction of the Internet it has become much easier to get your poetry published.

There are many sites where you can submit your poems, enter poetry contests, and communicate with your peers for advice and support in your writing efforts.

These sites encourage the art of poetry, offer the opportunity for people to see their work in print, and give them an audience where it can be shared and enjoyed by others.

For those of you that haven't started yet, I have included some useful resources to get you actually writing poetry.

Here's an article by expert, Steve Gillman:-

How To Write Poetry

By Steven Gillman

If you want to know how to write poetry, the first thing you have to do is write some.
It doesn't matter how it turns out. Your own mistakes will become your teachers.

Your own writing will motivate you to greater creativity.

Now, once you've started the process, how do you improve it?


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Here are 3 tips.

1. Use nouns and verbs more than adjectives. Which is stronger: "She was as beautiful as a flower..." or "Roses wilted in shame as she passed by..."? "He looked at the depressing clouds..." or "He watched as dark clouds moved in, covering his sky..."?

2. Don't tell the reader how to feel. Let the words elicit the emotions directly, without explaining. "The tragedy touched them all," is more touching to the reader as "Men and women, doctor and workman... thirteen people looked upon the scene... with tears in their eyes."

3. Use dramatic and emotional words. Not all words are equal in their ability to "grab" a reader or elicit emotion. "Fell," "take," and "love," will probably be weaker than "plunged," "siezed," and "worship."

Look at the following lines, written two ways. The second way applies the three rules above. (From the poem "Gratitude.")

1.

The mountains and lakes were beautiful
I looked at them, heard them and smelled them

And I felt in awe

2.

Mountains stand against the sky

My little lake at their feet

And in the middle of this creation

Which I see with my eyes

Hear with my ears

Smell and taste...

Words fail, as they should

I hope you agree that the second version is better. Again, if you want to know how to write poetry, you have to start writing. Use these and other rules to help you, but remember that all rules in poetry need to be broken at times. Read your poems aloud to yourself and others as a final "test."

Steve Gillman has been playing with poetry for thirty years. He and his wife Ana created the game Deal-A-Poem, which can be accessed for free at: http://www.dealapoem.com

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Once you've created your first few poems, you may want to consider writing for competitions.

Poetry Contests

We've found the following websites to be most helpful in giving ideas and dates for poetry contests:-

www.firstwriter.co.uk - Dozens of new contests and competitions, get new ones by email

www.winningwriters.com - Tom Howard Poetry Contest

www.poets.org - Free info on contests and getting published. Win money and online publications.

Publishing Poetry For Free

If you enjoy writing poetry and want to have your poems published for free you can join
poetrypoem.com, the World's Poetry Social Network.

 

Send your poems in today.

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creating and publishing your poems.

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