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Poetry in practice

Clarify your initial ideas for a poem by trying out words on paper, says Doris Corti

That moment when you start a poem can come quite suddenly and you want to get ideas and words down fast. The idea or theme for your poem may be something you remember, or perhaps it is something you have just seen. Whatever the theme you need to jot down a few words to capture it. These may be your opening lines or they may be the title for your poem.

Let us imagine that you are writing about a picture you may have seen in a book or an art gallery. The first thing to do is to describe the picture and your thoughts on it in a few words. These first words, sentences or phrases are important although you might find as you progress that they change a little.

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In the first issue of Writing Magazine for the New Year, we look at what's hot for 2018 as publishing insiders share their predictions for the year ahead. You can get your writing year off to a great new start with advice for all writers - whether you write crime, romance, fantasy, poetry, historical fiction or for children, we've got something in this issue to help and inspire you. • Our star interview is the queen of dynasty sagas, the great Barbara Taylor Bradford. • Keep up to date with the latest opportunities to sell your work and see it in print, and win £58,142 in writing prizes.

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