Ways to Improve Poetry Writing

1. Read lots of poetry on a day to day basis. More importantly, reading a wide array of sources from scholarly articles to travel blog posts will improve the overall quality of your writing.

2. Designate a special notebook (or space in your notebook) for poetry writing.

3. Try writing in form (sonnets or haiku) to guide you to craft poems as you move forward.

4. Utilize metaphors, but stay away from clichés that could make your work seem a little too unoriginal.

5. Sign up for a poetry writing workshop. This will expose you to other best practices to get those creative juices flowing along with learning how to write in different poetic forms across the board. Join a poetry forum or poetry writing group online.

6. Read poems over and aloud to better absorb aspects such as writing style, sound and how the poet is able to craft verses in an interesting, engaging manner. Analyzing poems in their verbal form is also a great way to help with the overall writing process.

7. Study biographies of famous (or not-so-famous) poets to gain a better understanding of not only their work, but an overall evolution of their career in the field.

8. Find unusual subject matter to spark different levels of creativity when going about the writing process.

9. Use language that people can comprehend and relate to in some shape or form. Generating poems that tend to be verbose or lack simple coherence has the potential of limiting the audience you’d like to reach.

10. Meditate, listen to inspirational music before or while you write poetry to clear your mind. Although each person has a different way to spark the creative writing process, experimenting with various ways is never bad or unproductive.

11. When you submit work, expect rejection. As this is one of the most difficult skills to acquire, it is without a doubt a quality that takes countless times to adjust to.

12. Get a website or blog and publish your own poetry to gain exposure in the digital space. Joining poetry communities on social media platforms or reaching out to other poets is also a great way to interact, brainstorm and develop your ideas during the writing process.

13. Attend a poetry reading or slam poetry event.

14. Writing with honesty is a great source to express bundled up feelings, thoughts or built emotions that you have been hiding for awhile.

15. Don’t be afraid to experiment with music, art and other more complex vocabulary words to help in this process. Perform it and publish it.

16. After writing, be sure to go back and edit your work until you are completely content with the piece. Editing is just as difficult as conjuring up material, so be sure to make a habit of growing accustomed to improving efficiency in this project as best you can.

17. Read or write a poem every day. This will allow you to keep those creative juices flowing on a regular basis.