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Poetry Writing Exercises for Developing Your Vocabulary

Writers often focus on technical elements of the craft, such as grammar, spelling, and punctuation. We also spend a lot of time thinking about structure, setting, plot, and characters. But word choice is what makes our writing distinct. It’s where we develop a voice and how we take a line drawing and fill it with color. When your vocabulary is robust, your writing shimmers.

Word choice can mean the difference between a decent piece of writing and a fantastic piece of writing. And there’s no excuse for using weak, tired, meaningless words. After all, tools like the thesaurus and dictionary are easy to use and freely available online.

Today’s poetry writing exercises make use of the thesaurus and are designed to help you build your vocabulary and think carefully about word choice.


Great article sharing poetry exercises here.



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Thanks once again for a great link. Although I write non-fiction, I have always had a love for poetry writing. I have bags of poems and may look to publish some one day. Thanks.
Thanks for the link. I think I'm going to really enjoy it and be able to get a lot out of it!


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