This week, poetry lovers around the world have recommitted to their craft and made New Year’s resolutions to write more often. Whether that means writing poems daily, weekly, monthly, or anywhere in between, these kinds of goals are great for motivating you to work on your poetry, even if you are not feeling particularly inspired that day! But New Year’s resolutions are notoriously tricky to stick to. If you want to make sure that you follow through with your writing goals, here are a few tips from the pros at Poetry Nation on getting organized, staying motivated, and working hard!
Amateur and professional poets alike have to keep at their craft in order to improve and grow as writers. There are several things you should do in order to stay productive and on-track with your writing goals, including the following:
1.) Give your goal a number. An abstract “I plan to write more this year” is a difficult New Year’s resolution to keep because it is not very structured. Instead, make your goal more specific, i.e., “I plan to write two new poems per week this year.” With that number in mind, you can plan your time accordingly and hold yourself accountable if you fall behind.
2.) Create a “writing corner.” Part of establishing a successful writing routine is finding a place you feel comfortable writing in. Working in the same location every time you write will give you a sense of familiarity that helps you get in a “poetry mindset.” Whether it is a room in your house, a favorite coffee shop, or the local library, your “writing corner” will help you stick to your writing goals in 2015.
3.) Keep an idea notebook. Not every moment of poetic inspiration happens when you want it to. Sometimes, an idea will come to you while you are at work, in class, or out with friends; you can hardly walk out to write then! But to ensure that you don’t lose that thought that inspired you, jot it down in an idea notebook so that you can revisit it later.
4.) Remember to read. The best writers are also great readers. Reading the work of your favorite poets, whether classic or contemporary, will help to keep you inspired and will teach you by example more about writing a successful poem.
5.) Set long-term goals. To really challenge yourself, plan to submit your poetry to literary journals or to writing contests. Not only will this help you stay on track with your writing goals, but it may even get you recognition on a large scale! If you like what you write, consider submitting it to our poetry contest and show your work to the world!