4 Reasons Fiction Writers Should Dabble In Poetry

#poetry #writingtips – Marcia, I’m sure you agree: Reading and writing poetry can help authors fine-tune their skills.

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As I mentioned in my last post, I haven’t written fiction or worked on fiction in a long time, although I’m okay with that. What writing I have been working on is poetry.

There are a few things I have discovered about poetry as I started writing my “sonnets from the desert,” as I eventually decided to name them. I discovered that poetry can teach a fiction writer many things.

I clung at first to the truth that my poetry was for me and that I was under no obligation to share it with anyone else. And believe me, I needed that reminder, regularly, to allow myself to be raw and real in my sonnets. With prayer and reflection I did decide to publish them on a new blog and am rolling them out little by little, but that is no requirement for a poet. Poetry does not need…

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5 thoughts on “4 Reasons Fiction Writers Should Dabble In Poetry

  1. I absolutely agree, Linda, and I thank you for sharing such an inspiring post. It makes me want to write a new poem tonight. (Except for that part where I’m already in a stupor from such a long day’s work! Of course, nobody said it had to be a GOOD poem, right? 😀 )


  2. As I started writing with poetry I can’t do but totally agree with this post. and I remember that some time ago I found, but sorry I don’t remember where, such a piece of advice for authors: to write poetry at first. So Marcia, we two have obeyed, even if not knowing it the rule.
    I leaf from time to time through the thick file with poems.

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    • I started writing poetry in grade school. Admittedly, I was no Emily Dickinson or Robert Frost–but I collected volumes of poetry books, which I still have after all these years. I wrote scores of poems that mean a lot to me, if not to anyone else.

      Writing poetry helped me develop an affinity for words–appreciate alliteration, assonance, and consonance. To this day, I’m deeply moved by other writers’ poetry. 🙂

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