Beginner’s Guide to Writing Poems Archive

Music has a great influence on our surroundings. Stores play background music to put customers in the mood to prolong their shopping experience. When you watch a movie or a TV show, the soundtrack does a lot in enhancing the scenes. Music evokes the kind of emotion the director wants you to feel for that particular scene and it has proven effective even if the actors have no speaking lines.

During a business presentation, the presenter has to choose the best music for the slideshow so that his audience will not get bored or fall asleep. Choosing the right music for the slide also emphasises the ideas that the presenter is trying to establish. Advertising agencies would pay a lot of money and invest so much time in looking for the best jingle that will make you recall their products in your mind. In writing, music is one of the best things that influences an author. Below are the reasons why music helps in writing especially poetry.

  1. Music inspires you to concentrate. For some writers, turning on some music helps them concentrate. In fact, total silence can be, ironically, distracting. For some reason, white noise or some kind of background music, helps some people focus on their writing. It’s an uncanny skill to be able to “tune out” noise in order to get some tasks done and somehow that is the effect of music on some writers.
  2. Music improves your mood. If you are one of the “skilled” writers who have to listen to music in order to be able to write, then you should have a playlist of songs handy at all times. The kind of music you listen to influences the mood that you want to set yourself to when you write and that will reflect on your poetry. Try listening to modern symphonies when you are writing poetry about grief and you will pen your emotions with dark intensity.
  3. Music encourages creativeness. Have you ever listened to a song or watched a movie that hit you so hard right to the core and it left you stunned in silence? Melodies and lyrics have that profound effect on a person that often their creative artistry needs an outlet for their emotions. The result of this is heartfelt poetry. In general, when you listen to certain types of music, they stir certain intense emotions within you that helps you remember a certain experience. You can use that experience to create a theme for your poetry.
  4. Music urges us to seek inspiration. It is important to find the inspiration that stirs your passions for writing. Poetry is your greatest outlet for the pent up emotions. Sometimes we will find it hard to express these emotions. You have to listen to music to bring you to that level so that you can express what you feel through writing your poetry. Music will help you by channelling your mood into your literary piece.

Also read: 5 Surprising Places Writers Tend to Find Inspiration

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The writing muse may prove itself to be elusive on most days. But the best writers are taken by surprise by highly unlikely but effective places to find writing inspiration. It’s necessary as a write to think out of the box and be open to new possibilities. These new possibilities include finding fresh sources of inspiration.

The Shower

Archimedes had his scientific eureka moment in an ancient bathtub when he learned the formula for density in the displacement of water and its volume when he submerged himself in the tub. These days, you can replicate the same effective idea generation with your modern writing skill. Step out of your work desk, take your towel, and head off to the shower. Showering is a relaxing hobby that breaks you free from pressure or looking at your problem too intently to the point of paralysis. As you relax, ideas can come crawling out of your subconscious and solve the writer’s block that has plagued you.

The Grocery

Running errands may be the last thing on a writer’s mind during the height of lacking inspiration or ideas. But the diversion proves to be a ripe source of writing inspiration. Each aisle in the grocery tells of an interesting story. The mechanical method of selecting food and non-food items can unclutter the brain and inspire some fresher ideas as you get fresh vegetables and fruits to stock in the fridge.

The Train or The Airport

Harry Potter writing wizard J.K. Rowling gained inspiration on the train. She was bored with the 4-hour ride and used it to conceptualise and give life to Harry Potter’s adventures. If you are the more romantic type, you can also come up with romantic plots similar to the Before Sunset movie trilogy which also took place in a European train station.

Haven’t seen a friend in a long time or lacking in travel adventures? Take the writer’s block as an opportunity to do so. Catching up with a stimulating conversation can spark a lot of ideas. At the airport, you can also find a lot of story ideas depending on the type of writing that you require.

Bars or Karaoke Night Out Venues

A night out and away from the writing desk may do more productivity boosters than harm. Music is known to inspire good vibes and even help in one’s creativity. Bars can help you unwind and be less inhibited or more open to new ideas or connections you will not otherwise think of when you are in your normal habitat.

Antique Shops or Grandma’s Old Haunts

There is something about historical items from your grandparents or old folks that evoke a unique creative response. Carefully selected antique pieces ignite the imagination with new connections not otherwise found in other mainstream places for generating ideas like co-working spaces and coffee shops.

The writing muse sometimes crops up in other unlikely places as long as the writer has an open mind. Making original connections out of previously unlinked concepts produces some interesting written works. And what better way to elicit these unlikely combinations than by experimenting with writing in different venues?

Also read: How to Create a Perfect Creative Environment at Home

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Limerick can be defined as a fun based poetic form. The origin of the word limerick could not be traced yet people related the term to Ireland. The Limerick is short and rhythmic making it funny and easy to remember. Writing limerick needs some training and help. There are some rules that go with limericks. These rules can help write good limericks. The poem should be just five lines in length and the 1,2 and 5 lines should be rhythmic with others. The remaining 3 and 4 lines have to be rhythmic with each other. The rhythms have to be distinct. The poem is usually written on a funny tone.

Understanding rhyming in limerick
The rhythm is popularly called AABBA. The reason for this is the use of rhyme in 1, 2 and 5 referring to the As in the scheme. The Bs are referred to the lines 3 and 4. The limerick rhythm comes with a tongue twisting name ‘anapaestic’. While reading a limerick you will notice that the first, second and last lines have the same beat and the third and fourth will have a different beat. The following is an example of limerick you may enjoy and learn.

I desired for bicycle as birthday present.
My Dad did not agree but just made a comment
and next put a clause,
‘Let it be Santa Claus
to bring your grand gift on coming Christmas event.

Some simple tricks to write Limerick
Before heading to write a limerick consider two more tricks. The first and second lines are connected and could be the name of a place or person. The last line could be funny. Using the name of a person makes the first line easy to write. You can just use a name of a person or place and the last line also can end with the proper noun. You can use the rhyming dictionary to find out some rhymes for your poem. Once you decide on the rhymes it becomes easier to fill the rest of the limerick.

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Expressing your feelings and experiences on paper does not need any tips or assistance. Just take a paper and fill it with words that best expresses your feelings. The success of a poem depends on how well you communicate your experiences. But if you want to communicate with the reader just expressing how you feel is not sufficient, you have to work towards generating an emotional connect with the reader. This is where you need help. Making a transition from a general poetry writer to kindling the emotions of the reader needs special skill. Here are some tips that you could use.

Stay away from celebrating your ideas and feelings. A poet centric poem that talks about poet does not generate good response. Work towards writing poems that could invoke feelings of the reader. Such poems are written for the sake of the reader.

Defining Goals
Unless you have a goal in mind, you will not know in which direction to follow. Ask yourself what you want to accomplish by writing the poem. The poem could be on a way of life, admiring nature, beauty, social injustice, etc. Once this goal is defined the poem takes an easy flow.

No Clichés
Overusing literary elements could be called clichés. Using a popular plot or a stock character could also be termed as cliché. Lone Ranger cowboy is a well known example of cliché and people use it so often that it fails to make an impact. Many fail to communicate properly with the use of cliché. Readers are looking for works that are out of the ordinary. If the work is loaded with clichés reader feel that the writer has not done enough homework to express their talent.

No sentiments
An overwhelming emotion of sympathy or love could be called sentimentality. Some of the popular subjects include young lovers, puppies, etc. It gives a feel that the emotions are artificial and does not yield the desired response.

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