It’s a rainy day here in Northern California. Kids have the day off of school. What to do? Take out a sheet of paper or write on your computer. Try your hand at a poem, a story, or a personal story about YOU. Then enter it in our Young Writers Contest. (Guidelines at lower right)
Let’s talk about the poetry category in today’s blog.
What should I write about?
What do you like to do? How do you like to spend your time? Do you play an instrument? Enjoy a sport? Spend time with friends? Shop till you drop? Turn your passion into print. Contrary to popular belief, poems do not have to rhyme.
Print out the poetry tips, also at the right, to help you when you’re working on the second or third draft of your poem.
What are you trying to say about your subject? Be specific. If you are writing about how you love your car, make sure we know the car so well we can see it and know how it feels to ride in it. If it’s about your dog, make sure we know her intimately through your choice of words.
And speaking of words, Cut any and all unnecessary ones. After all, a poem isn’t just prose put in poetry form. Every word in a poem must be there for a reason. If not, cut it out. (Each line doesn’t even have to be a complete sentence.)
Read your poem out loud. Does it sound right? If your poem has a natural “rhythm,” congratulations! You did your job!