So – you want to write poetry? You should. Even if it’s just as a personal exercise, to pin point your emotions, to ground your self in the world (we’ll get onto that) and be sharper at writing. The last one being an obvious plus for all you bloggers out there.
I’ve tweeted this before for the unpopular opinions hashtag : I don’t care about the quality of photography on your blog, as long as you write well. Photography has it’s place, but writing needs to grip. Make me feel like I’m reading someone’s secret life diary through dial-up at 11 pm. Poetry will help you extend the aesthetic of your blog from your header and photography into your writing.
Here are some simple tips for writing poetry, that will grip your audience.
1) Use the five senses.
Don’t just stick to telling us how the product works. Say how it feels and smells, what it reminds you off. Don’t just review from your perspective, immerse your readers into the review with you. Tansport them into the world of your blog and your lifestyle. Most people read for excapism, give them escape!
Remember that people have particularily strong associacions with smells which you can play on.
2) Avoid cliches, be original in your comparisions.
This is difficult to do. Sometimes work can be full of cliches. It’s difficult to come up with an original alternative that is bizzare enough to spark interest, but not loose anyone. Try using examples fomr your life (you’d be suprised how many people have simmilar associations) like summer and bruises, cherry blossom and cosy evenings or something. Try to use associations full of sensory detail to hook people in your poem or post.
3) Use as little words as possible.
Sometimes a lot of words is good, it sounds more chatty and makes your poem (or blog) sound more like you. A lot of the time though, immersion and engagment come from saying as much as you can, in as small a space as you can.
Sometimes the things you leave out have more impact. Think of poetry as a flatlay of words for a salad recipie.
4) Write first, edit later.
We all know what it’s like to stare at a screen thinking of the first sentence. A good way of writing poetry and blogs, is to focus on just writing anything that comes to your mind. Don’t censor yourself. The more words you can work with, the better. Once you’ve got a field of text, plough it with the three rules above.
Don’t lie about not being sponsored. Lie about your life. Does anyone really know what happened at that party you went to as a teenager? Let yourself bend reality a little to create a better story. Sometimes it’s more believable, especially in fiction.
Feel free to send any questions or poetry! I’m so ready to read it.