The feeling can be a bit intimidating when a writer is just starting on the road to becoming a poet, especially when they look up to the likes of history’s famous poets such as Elizabeth Barrett Browning, William Butler Yeats, or even Maya Angelou. The fact that these poets are already embedded in history as legends in poetry literature is enough to rattle a few of those anxiety nerves. But then again, people forget that these very poets, before they even reached the status of being known and celebrated, have gone through several life struggles and challenges that they ultimately reflected in their poems. Their poetry is a glimpse of their life, reflecting their passion.
Poetry in Motion Quattlebaum book personifies author Raymond Quattlebaum’s passion for poetry writing. Poetry In Motion depicts that life is a stage that all living creatures should take part in. Everyone has a role and a part to play to complete the full circle of life. Raymond Quattlebaum reaches into the very depths of poetry through this book to express the beauty of life and life founded in the presence of its creator – the presence of God.
How to write poetry from the heart
There are a lot of challenges when it comes to poetry writing. One of those challenges is how to actually start writing the poem, where to start, and what to begin with. Another challenge is making sure that the poem reaches its readers or that the readers can relate to it. Because, like all kinds of literature, it’s all about the reader’s impact or the audience’s impact.
With this kind of anxiety, writers often forget about the passion element. Ultimately, passion can carry a writer from start to finish, from writing the whole poem. Without passion or a subject of interest, a writer will get lost amidst a sea of words and technicalities, writing just for the sake of writing.
Here are some tips or best practices often used in the poetry writing industry to start the writing process.
Practice makes perfect
Successful and efficient poets meant they could make their audiences relate to them. They can make their readers cry, laugh, or give them something to think about. But before writers would get to that level, they have to go through lots of practice – really lots of practice.
The best practice is to start polishing the writing skills. Although technically, poem writing has no strict guidelines, unless otherwise given, such as the Haiku. Poem writing is not so particular about grammar rules, although there will be some adherence to flow and structure just so that there is consistency.
Brushing up with grammar and vocabulary is an excellent way to begin because if a writer is skilled with these two, everything will be smooth flowing when it comes to the writing process. Then start writing, writing, and writing, until the art of poetry becomes second nature to the writer.
Constantly read poetry
Keep on reading poetry. Never stop reading poetry. Read poetry from different poets. Study all kinds of poetry themes. Study each poet’s best practices, techniques, and style of writing. Analyze and dissect the messages the poets wanted to send. To be a good poet usually entails that the writer has a role model to look up to. Writers who looked up to other poets would usually emulate the other poet’s writing style, drawing inspiration from them and modeling off on their styles and techniques.
Be a passionate writer
Of course, the end-all-be-all of poets is about sharing their passion. Like poetry author Raymond Quattlebaum writing about his passion for life, poets should first and foremost write about what they’re interested in and passionate about. One tip for passionate writing is describing how the writer felt about another person or a situation. It can be in the form of praise or angst, it doesn’t matter, as long as they’re expressing what they’re feeling about something.
Another tip is to focus on the senses. The poet can start writing from the perspective of sight, taste, smell, hear, touch or feeling. Using metaphor or simile is another excellent tip since the figure of speeches adds to that creativity level and enhances the poem’s mood.
Last but not least, don’t forget to get a little bit vulnerable. A writer whose vulnerability is reflected in their words is enough to generate sympathy and empathy from their readers, which is ultimately the aim of poetry.
Is writing poems for everybody? It could be, as long as the person is interested in the craft. Is poetry for anyone and everyone? It definitely is! As one of the most flexible forms of literature, poetry is meant for all people from all walks of life!
Grab a copy now of Raymond Quattlebaum’s Poetry In Motion. Available on Amazon, or visit the author’s website at www.raymondqbooks.com.