Writing poems is a great way to release creativity and also your emotions. When you are going through something difficult, for example, writing a healing poem is a great way to put into structured yet creative thoughts. You can be as abstract or as brutal – end result would always be a release of emotion and creativity. If you’re keen to try it – we’ve found some basic tips from Psychology Today to help you get started.
When writing a healing poem, it’s important to write from your heart rather than your head. This might take some practice, as we often intellectualize our pain. If you don’t have a lot of experience writing poetry, then you might want to start writing a poem as if you’re telling a story. Sometimes this is called narrative poetry. Keep in mind that rhyming isn’t important. Also, it’s okay to cry when you’re writing. Tears show that you’re tapping into some of your deepest emotions, and this is one way of healing.
The purpose of writing a healing poem is to turn a negative into a positive, and accomplishing this goal is simply a matter of sitting down and writing. Very little instruction is needed, but some people are intimidated by poetry and would like some tips on how to begin.
Here is a list of suggestions that might help you start writing:
- Begin with an image, action, or strong emotion.
- Perhaps start the poem with one of the following: “Suppose . . . , “I confess that . . . ,” or “I wish . . .”
- Provide as many details as you can.
- When possible, use metaphors.
- Try to use numerous images and descriptions.
- If it’s your first poem, begin by writing four lines per stanza.
If you want to see more poem writing tips – check out the complete article at Psychology Today.
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