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Writing poetry to relax - a few tips
How I got started
I first started to write poetry as a teenager. If I am honest, I kind of fell into it. I was however very fortunate, as when I was in S1 and S2 of secondary education, I had an English class dedicated to poetry - with a very enthusiastic teacher called Mr McGlone. He was passionate about poetry and drilled it into us. Whilst many of the class mocked him, his love of language was attractive and I found it very engaging.
In my later teens, I went though a rough time and it was really then that I began to write my own stuff. It was however by accident. Someone had suggested to me that I write down my thoughts and as a kind of therapy as I was finding expressing my feelings. Whenever I did, it seemed to come out in a poem.
Sometimes, the poem was like a prayer or sometimes it was more conversation - as if I was talking to God.
Tip 1 Write from the heart
Personally I find it easiest to write about what is on my mind. Whether it is about the beauty of your surroundings or the torment of the pictures of the news of a war torn area. Start with that initial idea and work from there. I am a spontaneous writer. I don't tend to spend lots of time planning, unless someone has asked me to do a particular style or request.
Tip 2 If you get inspiration note it down.
I am a busy mum of two. I don't have the free time I used to have. So if a thought comes into your brain and you don't have time to write just there and then pop a note in a notepad or phone and then go back to it when you can.
Tip 3 Join a writers group (either locally or online)
I have dipped in and out of online places to get tips and ideas and feedback. They can be very encouraging place.
Tip 4 Your Poetry is your expression
People can give me tips and advice but at the end of the day my poem is mine. I own it, it is an expression of me. There are times when I may not be quite happy and I edit it and that is fine. I would advise you against putting it anywhere where you cease to own the copyright. Likewise there are lots of place that will promise you the earth, take your money and deliver zero. Be careful and go in to things with savvy having researched things.
Most of all enjoy what you do. We are all different. Your style will probably not be the same as mine but that is okay. We all have different expressions.