How to Write Poetry

“A poet’s work:

to name the unnameable,

to point at frauds,

to take sides,

start arguments,

shape the world,

and stop it from going to sleep…”

- Salman Rushdie

How do you create poetry?

That’s a question I’ve gotten asked numerous times since I started to write. There isn’t really a “for sure” set in stone answer. It truly depends on what you’re going through in life, your thoughts at the time and the subject matter. I could go on and on, but I think you get the picture. The answer can be anything you want it to be.

My name is Andrew Brandon Carroll and I’m a poet and short fiction writer. I am also the creator of We Are Indie Wednesdays, my weekly concept that highlights the best, independent writers in the world. I am in the process of producing my full length, debut project as well. In this article, I'm going to talk about the many avenues of poetry and how a writer can approach writing a poem, even if you don’t have vast experience. I believe that, deep down, all writers are poets in a way. With this article, my goal for you guys is to tap into that unmarked territory.

The topics that I will cover are the following:

  • Rhyme scheme

  • Subject matter

  • How long does a poem need to be?

  • How to start and finish a poem?

  • When to write poetry?

  • How poetry can change your mood?

Rhyme Scheme

The rhyme scheme is arguably the most well known feature within a poem. Everyone knows a good rhyme when they see one. They are very catchy and eye opening, especially when the scheme actually makes sense. When writing one, don't force it! The reader will know right off the bat if you are or not. Be creative in the words you use for the scheme. I’ll use one of my poems as an example (I will use my work for any and all examples because it’s easier, lol):

Exploring the sound of music

Late at night

Is the equivalent of drowning

In a sea of lyrics and beats

Each genre from the playlist

Is a mood shifting, unpredictable treat…

See? The words “beats” and “treat” are a good pairing. The scheme doesn’t have to be perfect, per se (ex: cat and hat) it just has to go along with what you are writing about. What I like to do sometimes is I’ll write a small list of random words,