Some tips for writing poems that tell a story

 

Here are some tips for writing story poems:

1. You don’t have to use lots of words and sentences like you do when you write a story.

2. Your first line is like the beginning (it can have one word or go to the end of the line!).

3. Your last line is like the end of the story. Will it surprise you, make you laugh, be a puzzle, or just tells us what happens at the end of the story? (it can have one word or go to the end of the line).

4. Will you find some words that shine on the line?

5. Before you start your poem, go on the hunt for good verbs (doing words). They will help you tell your story in a poem.

6.  Will you tell everything or let the reader guess some bits?

7.  Will you hide clues?

8. Real detail might help your story come alive.

9. The rhythm you choose will give your story movement.

10.  Sometimes rhyme can help a story move. Sometimes it sounds clunky.

12. Does your story poem have a mood? If it does, write the word in a circle. Don’t use that word in your poem. Give clues.

 

 

 

 

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