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Welcome! I’m participating in the #BlogchatterA2Z challenge where I’ll share 26 posts on the theme “The Poet’s Alphabet: 26 Secrets for Crafting Beautiful Poetry”. In each post, I’ll offer bite-sized tips and tricks for crafting and perfectly editing poetry. Today’s tip is:

Get Feedback From Other Poets or Writing Groups

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Getting feedback on your poetry is an essential part of the writing process. It can help you identify areas where you can improve, discover strengths you might not have recognized, and gain valuable insights into how your work is being received by others.

Sharing your poetry with others can be intimidating, but it’s crucial to remember that constructive feedback is essential to growth as a writer. By sharing your work with others, you are inviting them to offer suggestions and insights that can help you improve your craft.

While receiving feedback from general readers can be helpful (more on that in another post), seeking feedback from other poets or writing groups can be particularly advantageous. This is because poets and writers are more likely to have a deep understanding of the craft of writing, including elements such as form, style, and structure.

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Poets and writers are also more likely to be familiar with the conventions and expectations of the genre, which can help them provide feedback that is more focused and insightful. For example, a fellow poet may be able to provide feedback on your use of imagery or metaphors, while a writer in a writing group may offer suggestions on how to improve the pacing of your narrative.

In addition, seeking feedback from other poets or writers can also provide opportunities for collaboration and networking. Writing can be a solitary pursuit, but connecting with others who share your passion can be a valuable source of support and encouragement. You may even be able to form writing groups or attend workshops, where you can receive ongoing feedback and support for your work.

Two communities that have particularly helped me in my writing and poetry journey are Blogchatter and Bound India. They provide valuable sessions on writing and poetry, offer a supportive community, and provide constructive feedback through workshops or regular engagement and feedback on my work to help me hone my skills.

Overall, seeking feedback from other poets or writing groups can be a powerful tool for improving your poetry. By being open to feedback and willing to revise your work, you can take your writing to the next level and develop your unique voice as a poet.

See you with another tip, tomorrow.

This post is a part of the #BlogchatterA2Z 2023 challenge.

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