Poetry is a great tool for self expression and a therapeutic exercise to help release emotions.
I'm sharing this so others can have better access to this tool.Hopefully, it will enrich their experience, no matter if their poetry is just for
themselves.This practice works best when feeling emotional and looking to do something constructive.
When you practice using this technique, try to avoid shorting yourself or the ideas you come up with as you go about recording your thoughts.Just
practice having confidence in yourself, by letting the ideas flow.The more the merrier and this works better with practice.Just use your intuition and
get your thoughts down.
In the latter stages, there is plenty of opportunity to fine tune your words, the structure and all the other left brain stuff.
A state of relaxation is very helpful for letting those creative juices flowing.Before starting to write, it's a good idea to take a few minutes
counting your blessings and giving thanks to the universe. Reminiscing over some fond memories of beautiful experiences and memorable moments can be a
good way to get primed.Enjoy the moment, and it's beauty can help one feel more receptive to finer thoughts.
1)Thought showers - Setting the up the ideas
First up you want to contemplate your topic.
Take your topic and place it in a circle in the middle of a blank piece of paper.The topic can be whatever you want, usually I go with a theme, image
Next, note the sensations that come to mind when you focus on the topic in the middle.Make separate circles(2) around the center circle to write down
those images, or thoughts.Write down what comes to you naturally, however related to the topic.Images that remind you of memories related to the topic
in question, feelings or emotions.
Take a look at these smaller circles that (2) you written words into.Repeat the process.Use images, sayings, memories or whatever comes to mind to
expand each of these points.I usually shoot for as many I can write on the paper while still able to read the writing.Let it flow, and don't
scrutinize it, plenty of time for that later.
After going through all the smaller circles, take a look at what you've written.
The first level is the main idea in the center.
The second level are the words you wrote down in the smaller circles.
The third level is the description of the words in the second level.
Now write verses inspired by each level working backwards from the third level.Please consider doing this sequentially, numbering the verses if you
want to maintain continuity of thought.This is useful for writing story style.
Write about the word in the center of each circle.I usually use them as keywords in the verse.Feel free to fool around with the words placement.It can
be in the verse anywhere.Try writing couplets (2 rhyming verses) at a time.Do not really worry about singles either at this point.Just use your
intuition, and imagination to be descriptive.I usually do this in notepad.
So at this point you have a bunch of verses written out, or on notepad on your computer.When using paper, make sure you write big, and double space
To develope the structure of your poem, copy and paste the verses in different orders.You can separate couplets, by experimenting with the placement
of single verses.Place the single verses wherever you feel best.
Experiment with the different emotions the words evoke.I usually do this by copying and pasting sequentially underneath where the verses are written
in the notepad.I go through all the verses till their done.
Now the rough framework is set up.I repeat the previous steps again, investigating how the feel of the poem changes.Do this to your heart's
content.Look over the poem now.
Alter verses that take away from the flow.You can edit the words using your memory or thesaurus or try different synonyms, homonyms, and other figures
of speech.In a text editor don't hesitate to try different things because it's so easy to just copy and paste as much as you need to better your
When using pen and paper you can do the above as well but it lends itself better to shorter poems.
What you want to do is record the original order of the verses down on a separate sheet of paper.These are the numbered order of the verses.Copy the
poem again.Photocopying is easier.
Take some scissors and divvy up a copy.Try out arranging the verses in different orders.Write down the orders on another piece of paper.Once you have
an order you like, you can edit and rewrite the poem, with different words for best expressing your emotions.Rewrite the poem once your satisfied.
Observe your manner of speech as you go about your business.Certain words will rhyme for you, but not others due to your unique style.An example of
myself is the words "with" and "this".The dialect spoken in your area comes into play here.Save notes to remind yourself of all the words that
rhyme for you.This is your own unique creative touch on your work.Feel free to ruminate over your writing, often an incubation period can be
productive for adding to this form of expression.When revisiting it, you can add to the material.
I wanted to share this as a way for people to help express pent up emotion through written art.Hopefully, this have given you a good idea about some
basic poetry writing technique.The idea here is to just let the mind flow, and go over the work afterwards.Experiment with this, modifying, and
improving it as you see fit.