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Writing Poetry Exercises

I’m writing another poetry book! 120 poems isn’t just a cake walk (hmm…”Cake Walk” sounds like a fun poem title). Sometimes my muse flies off into the sunset and leaves me sitting in the dark, wondering what I’m going to write about. I found this page and bookmarked it for times I’m low on inspiration. Check it out if you’re wanting to stimulate the brain to do something, anything productive!

Here’s a few more to consider, especially when writing poems for kids:

Take common cliches and turn them on end (just from this post I’ve gleaned two poem titles–“Sitting in the Dark” and “Cake Walk). Cliches can make great poems for kids.

Talk to your friends with children and ask them about fun/funny issues they are dealing with currently. Write them down. I did this with an online writing group and literally have dozes of fresh ideas that would never have occurred to me on my own.

Look at your children. Surely something inspires you. Cowlicks? Dirt smudges? Runny noses? Stained shirts? Big eyes? They are a fount of inspiration.

But remember one thing–never write a poem for a child with a punchline that hinges on things that “you” find cute and adorable about children. This makes kids feel like the butt of a joke and it doesn’t take their interests into consideration. It talks down to them and will turn them off every time.  If it makes you go, “awwww, aren’t kids cute” you might want to delete or revise.

And never replace a difficult word because “kids might not know what it means”.  Poetry is one of the best ways for children to learn vocabulary. Dumbing down writing for children is, in my opinion, a crime.