Ever fancied yourself a poet? Well, you might just wish to choose the shorter form of writing over prose.
So, what are the considerations you need to bear in mind where it comes to choosing poetry over prose or vice versa?[caption id="attachment_1797" align="alignright" width="256"] Not many publishing houses fancy books of poetry and it is not as popular as prose.[/caption] The thing is, if you like poetry and you’re doing it purely out of passion, choose poetry. Not many publishing houses fancy books of poetry and it is not as popular as prose. At the same time, you might not have the kind of patience that it takes to write a 300-page novel. If you’re looking to say something short, sweet and lyrical, then poetry might just be your sort of thing. However, if you have something to say in 300 pages or so and prose comes naturally to you, you might wish to stick to writing a 300-page novel of prose. Not that you can’t write a poetry book of the same length; it’s just that everyone has a story to tell, in their own individualistic fashion. [caption id="attachment_1798" align="alignleft" width="256"] Poetry is not that easy to write.[/caption] Also, poetry is not that easy to write. Think that by simply penning some words on paper, you can become a poet? No. Being a poet requires a different sort of craft. The best way to know if you’re a good poet is to ask others what they think about your work. If it makes people go ‘Wow!’, then you know you’re on the right track where it comes to be a poet. Else, you might just wish to stick to be a writer of prose. No matter what, do your thing and go all out and promote your work. Enter upcoming writing contests and have several book readings. Do all you can to promote your work, be it poetry or prose.
In the end, though, it’s really all about how you feel. If you’re really passionate about poetry, people are going to stand up and take notice of you someday. If prose is your thing, go write that novel!
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