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      Elton4562   Elton4562 wrote
      on 6/9/2010 6:05:11 AM
      Hey Emily, Thanks for your note. I am mainly a writer of prose and got into writing verses (not worthy of being called "poems") mainly because of so many on WritingRoom posting them. If you want to give it a stab here are some suggestions: Pick a very simple rhyme scheme (I know stuff doesn't have to rhyme, but might be good idea for beginning writers like us.) I use aa, bb and four lines to a stanza. It was just an arbitrary choice and a few have criticized me for using a style so predictable, but that's okay. Then think of something in your own experience that you want to write about. It can be serious or funny. Just start putting words on paper and let it "take a life of its own." A big help in finding words that rhyme is this: http://www.rhymezone.com. Try to give attention to the number of syllables in paired lines and add or delete words as needed to make it come out "right." Read your word aloud and don't be afraid to make changes. Then run a spell checker. Spelling errors tend to discredit anything, but we all make them. When you think you have it right, let it rest a day or two and then carefully read it again and make any edits. Then post it online some place like this. Maybe somebody will care enough to make a comment or suggestion. Even if they don't, you have done something that most people never do--written a poem. For a more complete posting of what I have written, check Scribd.com. On that site, I know how to include pictures which adds to the stories and rhymes. A couple of the postings are joint works by my daughter and myself. We are both only amateur writers, but she has had many newspaper articles to appear over the years and several magazine pieces. I have a weekly column in our local newspaper, but it circulates only here in northwest Alabama. My daughter works for the Social Security Administrtion and I am retired from college instruction/administration. She began writing when younger than you. My remote ancestors came from Essex in England in the 1500s. Elton Camp

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