How I Write Poetry

I recently got a lovely comment from someone, on my poem ‘Repeat’ (which you can find here) and she asked if I could write a blog post on how I write poetry. I’ve never really had any suggestions for posts before, so I got excited by this, but then I thought: wait, how do I write poetry?

I’ve never really considered this. I just write my poetry, without really thinking about it, so I didn’t know how to write this post. But I’ve been thinking and that isn’t necessarily true: I do think about it, it’s just so natural to me that I find it hard to understand how others might struggle with it. Obviously, I’m not that good at poetry, but writing it is definitely a hobby of mine. I write so much!

So, now I’m thinking about it, I thought I’d tell you in stages how I write it and how you could write it.

Stage one: The idea

This is about considering the idea of what I want to write. I never just write a poem based off of anything. It has to be personal to me. Often, it is inspired by things I see or situations I’m in, but it will always be personal. The less attached you are to a poem, the less attached readers will be too, at least, in my experience. For example, ‘Repeat’ is written about the judgement and examination you get in your life in general, but was triggered by me having exams. That made it something I could relate to and, hopefully, readers could relate to.

Stage two: Writing it

Usually, this is quick, once I get started, but the getting started can be hard because I sometimes don’t know to phrase it. Writing the poem, to me, is the part that requires hardly any thinking. I usually don’t rhyme my poems, but when I do, it’s generally unforced. You should only rhyme if you want to, not if you feel the need to. If you feel pressured to rhyme, your poem can come across as cold, instead of bubbling with the emotions you wanted to put into it.

I tend to use metaphors in quite a lot of my poems — and sometimes the entire poem will be a metaphor! I feel that, if you are uncertain about saying what you actually mean, metaphors are the way to go! They can express your emotions without causing too much heartache for you. 🙂

Stage three: Editing

I, personally, don’t edit! I know people are thinking “what?!?! you have to edit!” and I do edit my stories — but poetry is about getting your emotions across and I feel that editing takes away the raw emotions. This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t edit; it’s a personal decision. A lot of people I know do edit.

If you decide to edit, make sure that the emotion you first put into it is still there. Don’t take out the emotion. That’s the most important thing. Only clear up the flow of the poem, not the feelings.

And… done!

I know my advice probably isn’t the best because I really don’t know how I write my poetry but someone wanted me to do a post on it so I did! I don’t want to let my followers down hehe…

Hope you liked this post,

Lia 

17 Things I Learned By 17

So it was my birthday yesterday and I decided to do a post on things I’ve learned by 17. Hope you enjoy!

  1.  You aren’t alone. I was in a very bad place a few years ago and I felt like I was completely alone but then I realised that, actually, I’m not. My cousin messaged me and we talked about our problems together and then I saw that there are people with similar problems who want someone to talk to about it too. It’s nice to know that others feel the same.
  2.  School will be tough: heck, life will be hard, but there will be an end to this. You won’t have to endure this forever. It is temporary; eventually you can be who you want to be. Just wait and it’ll come. 🙂
  3.  Cats are awesome. This is more philosophical than it sounds, OK! I wouldn’t be alive without my cats. Their constant love and purring has helped me stay on this planet all these years. I just cannot thank them enough. I love them so much.
  4. I’m not as bad as I think. Sure, I might be awful at writing and a horrible person, but I’m not as awful as I think, and not as horrible as I think either. I’m slightly better than I imagine, I guess. 🙂
  5.  You can’t make everyone instantly like you and want to be friends with you. As hard as you try, some people just don’t like you. Whatever that reason is, though, it isn’t your fault.
  6.  Being bullied is not your fault either. It’s not because you’re dumb or because you’re mean or because you’re ugly; it’s because they have nothing better to do. Maybe you’re quiet enough for them to have an advantage over you but make sure you don’t listen because you are worth more than that poison they throw at you. Trust me.
  7.  Stop thinking about the past. It is stopping you from becoming who you want to be. It is breaking you and you can’t let it — sometimes, even if it’s hard to let go, you just have to think about now and tomorrow. Think about who you want to be, not who you were.
  8.  Not everything is going to destroy the world. I have severe anxiety and, often, that stops me from doing things I want to do. I have too many fears and I need to realise that not all of them are required.
  9.  Steeping out of your comfort zone is OK. It’s gonna be hard but it’s also going to help. It will make you be less anxious, less afraid, less awkward. You will be better for it.
  10. Making mistakes is a part of being human. Everyone makes them: you’re not alone. Although you might think that you’re terrible for making them, you’re not. We learn from them, it’s okay.
  11.  Things might be bad right now, but the phrase “it’ll get better” is true. I know it doesn’t seem like it but it is. You might feel like this for a long while, but it won’t be forever. Nothing lasts forever.
  12.  Don’t worry so much about what others think! Their opinion of you does not define you. Sure, it might affect how others see you, but don’t let it affect how you see you. After all, you are the most important person in your life. Respect that.
  13.  Decisions are so hard to make, but you can make them! I really, really struggle with decision-making. I’m always like “I don’t know” or “can you choose for me?” or “help” but I do make a decision, in the end. If I scream and cry, I’ll still make it, in the end. Just listen to your heart. Do what keeps it beating.
  14.  You can’t change everything about yourself. There are some things that will never go, and that’s okay. You just have to learn to love those parts, as hard as that may seem at the moment.
  15.  There isn’t a solution to every problem, but there is  a way of managing them. It’s okay to have problems, especially ones you can’t solve, and you can learn to accept them. It’s alright.
  16.  Remember that no one else thinks about you the way you think about yourself. They are too busy with their own problems! They probably think you’re awesome! 😀
  17.  Growing up is hard, and scary, but we all have to do it. Don’t worry about it. It’s natural.

Thank you for reading this post,

Lia

That Time I… Almost Killed My Mum?!

Okay, so when I was seven I won a dance competition. The prize was four tickets to this amusement place called ‘The Milkyway’. It was really great there — lots to do.

I was having such a fun time, as was the rest of my family, until one devastating mini golf match. I was doing quite well, actually, and probably could’ve won… In my defence, my mum was standing too close to me.

You can probably imagine what happened next. I took my swing and the next thing I know, she was on the grass, holding her head, which was bleeding. Obviously, I felt terrible and like I was a criminal. I actually thought the police were coming for me and I was really crying.

I went in the ambulance with her and she had stitches. She was more comforting me than the other way around… I was in a terrible state! She was fine after she’d had the stitches done but I really felt like a criminal.

I hope we both learnt out lesson: don’t stand too close and always look before swinging…

Thanks for reading this post,

Lia