Words are powerful and at times mysterious, in particular when they flow freely from deep places in ways that take us by surprise. If you work with words, however, they may not always cause relief, but overwhelm or anxiety may occur. If you’ve never written poetry, now is the time to create with words whilst removing expectations of outcomes. Read on for instructions!
Why Poetry And Why Now?
Working with content marketing means I’m slowly developing a multi-faceted relationship with words and writing, because there’s constant pressure to make it valuable. Sentences need to be examined and re-examined prior to publishing blog posts, which can be both exhausting and not very enjoyable.
In my adolescence I used to write and read poetry, but once the years at university arrived, reading for enjoyment ended almost completely. But I missed dealing with the short form of text. At some point I took up reading novels again, but it wasn’t until a couple of years ago that poetry reminded me of its existence.
In 2018, I finally dared write a bit again, but sadly an element of self-censorship had creeped in silently since those dabblings in my early years. Now it’s time to make writing without much editing habitual, to enable joyful interactions with words.
The fear of creating art with words needs to go, too. As a kid, a couple of my poems were actually published in local newspapers, so I need to be that brave person again.
Since poetry is forgiving as well as quick, I encourage you to try it for the first time or get back into your own writing with me. And you don’t have to show it to anyone!
How It Works
I’ve created monthly collections of words, one for each month of 2020, chosen randomly to use as inspiration for your word creations. There will be one word for each day of the month.
As with other poetry prompts, you incorporate the word either as is, or modified (original word “courageous”, modified “courageously”) in your piece.
I’ll post the collections on my Instagram account on the first day of a new month, so please follow me, share the posts in your stories and tell your friends, too.
(I actually have another account for what I prettily call my word barfs, so if you want to start your own new corner for the sake of anonymous dabbling, feel free to follow that one instead. I won’t use hashtags there for now, because labelling myself poet doesn’t sit well with me yet.)
The new hashtag is poetryeachday and I hope you’ll follow it as well as use it!
My original idea was to use the words in poetry, but of course you can write something longer such as short stories, too!
Tips For Writing
There’s a huge number of poetry hashtags on Instagram. I suggest you start from poetry or poetsofinstagram, then work yourself into different niches to read what resonates with you.
If you’re short on time, try writing in six words, five lines, or such. A famous six-word story was possibly written by Ernest Hemingway: “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.”
These exercises can obviously benefit you when writing for work. Compact yet beautifully flowing content are everyone’s dream to produce and digest after all.
Or how about finding a safe way to deal with traumatic or upsetting events in your life? I encourage you to try poetry as a way to handle being vulnerable if you have stuff in your heart to release and set free.
Follow me on my main account or the writing account, bookmark the word collections in your account’s saved posts, and share them in your stories and elsewhere.
Don’t forget to use the hashtag poetryeachday, if you want to connect with like-minded people and do let me know what you think of this!
Photo credit: Kelly Sikkema.