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One of my readers wrote me an e-mail asking for advices on writing poetry. I immediately felt intimidated by his question, then a bit proud. Someone asking me for writing tips? That’s a new challenge, and a big one

I spent some time before answering his e-mail, and then today I got an overwhelming thank you mail, so it seems I wrote something that helped his work…

I am much more comfortable in giving advises towards other parts of the process, like choosing a publisher house, release days and parties , working towards the press, interviewing … yes pretty much what I’ve been working on since my book came out in the end of October, last year.

By writing my advices down, I realized that the work of being my books first spoke-person have been time consuming. Even though I say and think that I’m in the middle of my writing process, my focus has changed since my accepting letter came from my Publisher House in June.

So when I wrote down my tips, I actually just wrote down my own “what to do –list” or at least what should be my list, as a writer.

Here I go:

  1. Say what you want to say. Let your readers decide what your poem means.
  2. Develop your voice. Get comfortable with how you write.
  3. Untitled poems are like unnamed children.
  4. The bigger your theme, the more important the details are. A poem with Love, Destiny, Hate or other huge themes in the title already has two strikes against it.
  5. Feel free to write a bad poem.
  6. Don’t explain everything.
  7. There are many excuses not to write. Try using writing as an excuse not to do other things.
  8. The more you write, the more you develop. Write poetry often.
  9. Don’t be afraid to write from a different point of view. Write a poem that says exactly the opposite of what you believe. If you can, do it without irony.
  10. When you write a good poem, one you really like, immediately write another. Maybe that one poem was your peak for the night, but maybe you’re on a roll. There’s only one way to find out.
  11. Write in different places. Keep a notebook. Write in a park or on a street-corner or in an alley. You don’t have to write about the place, but it will influence you whether you do or not.
  12. AND FINALLY: Listen to criticism and try to learn from it, but don’t live or die by it.

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