There are thousands of ways to improve your poetic writing. Some handy basics to keep near your desk at all times would be: a dictionary, thesaurus, and a rhyming dictionary.
Of course, you can also keep plenty of incentives to write creatively such as beautiful journals, an interesting typewriter, fancy pens and pencils, beautiful parchment papers, pocket-sized notebooks, 3X5 cards, etc. There’s also the Writer’s Market, Poet’s Market, countless How-To books on writing poetry, and of course, poetry books themselves.
Don’t forget your on-line resources! There are plenty on the sidebar of this blog and you are sure to find help when typing key words into “Google” such as Poetry Tips, Writing Tips, etc.
Then of course, there are people: Start a poetry writing club, write to poets you admire and ask their advice, see if you can do any collaborative work with writers you feel connected to, whether it’s via e-mail, through letters, over the phone, or in person.
Remember, writing a poem doesn’t have to be a solo act unless you want it to be, and anytime you feel creatively blocked there are countless resources to be had. Get out there and be inspired!
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