How to write a poem
- Look for ideas and write them down. Keep an idea file or jot them in an "idea" book.
- Write in a journal whenever you can. Date every entry. Keep it private and don't judge anything you write. Don't worry about spelling or grammar either.
- Use the privacy of your journal to experiment with poetic ideas, structure, words, rhyme, and rhythm.
- Before you attempt to write a poem, brainstorm to expand your ideas, feelings, and imagery. (Feelings create GREAT poems.)
- Write a first draft, then revise it until it sings. Edit misspellings and choose punctuation to create emphasis and pauses.
- Publish your poem on an online website such as www.poems-and-quotes.com so you can get feedback, or read your poem aloud at a poetry reading. Ask a teacher for feedback. The important thing is to let others listen to your poem and for you to see and hear their reaction.