3 Common Mistakes Poetry Beginners Make When Writing

 3 Common Mistakes Poetry Beginners Make When Writing

There is a significantly large number of people who write, try to write, or want to write poetry. If the number of poetry contests and submissions into these competitions is anything to go by, there are tons of people who really find pleasure in poetry. The problem is when everyone decides to write poetry in the same old way everyone else writes, the result is mediocre content.

Judges even in the free poetry competitions want to see fresh ideas. They want to see exciting material that blows them away. Well, this is easier said than done. However, when you understand some common mistakes that competition entrants make and avoid them, you will be a step closer to making your content exceptional. Winning a competition that has a thousand submissions is hard, but it is not impossible. Admittedly, there is a lot that goes into making an award-winning poem but if you avoid these three mistakes you increase your chances of winning tremendously.

  1. Insufficient planning

As they say failure to plan is planning to fail. When writing, there is a lot of planning that is involved. If you do not have a clear plan right from the moment you sign up for poetry contests you are most likely going to find yourself struggling in the later stages of the competition. This is for the multi-stage competitions. However, even if the competition has only one round, you will need a lot more than just one idea to win. This is where the planning comes in. Brainstorm, jot down your ideas, organize your thoughts logically, write samples, and then go back to your drawing board and identify the topics that proved easy for you to write.

  1. Forcing rhyme

This is a pandemic! You may run out of synonyms, homonyms and homophones to create your rhyme. But this is not a license to force in meaningless rhyme. At the end of the day your poem still has to make sense. Some writers go as far as switching to another language just to get the poem to rhyme. It may work in your favor sometimes but not always. As you plan out your work, you will be able to figure out whether you need rhyme or not.

  1. Poor editing

Once you are done with any piece, be it for the free poetry competitions or even final publication, proofread your work. By editing your work, you not only spot the typos but also gives you a chance to rework some parts of the poem or even include new ideas. Read your poem out aloud, how does it sound to the ear? Take action accordingly.

Clare Louise