Lord knows we don't need yet another hipster populating God's green earth, but today, I am advocating for more poetry reading cool cats to delve into some Sandburg or Frost, especially if you're a writer. Why? Because reading poetry makes your writing better.
Top 3 Ways Reading Poetry Can Improve Your Writing
Poetry shows an image to a reader, painting a vivid word picture the reader experiences. It shows. It doesn't tell. It leaves a lasting impression.
#2. Tight writing.
Every word counts in a poem . . . it should in your writing as well. In this culture people don't have time to read long, flowing descriptions, nor do they want to. Precision with words isn't just a lofty goal--it's a necessity. Less really is more.
A good story isn't just a tale; it's a piece of music inside the reader's head. Reading poetry gives you a sense of meter and pacing, which when carried over into your story writing, makes your story stand out above those that haven't used that technique.
I hear voices. Loud. Incessant. And very real. Which basically gives me
two options: choke back massive amounts of Prozac or write fiction. I chose the
latter. Way cheaper. I've been writing since I discovered blank wall space and
Crayolas. I seek to glorify God in all that I write...except for that graffiti
phase I went through as a teenager. Oops. Did I say that out loud?