“Almost all good writing begins with terrible first efforts. You need to start somewhere.”
― Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life
I’ve been writing ghazals. Well, one ghazal. Pretty pleased with the results and eager to continue exploring the form. What I like about writing in forms is that by focusing on meeting the requirements of the form, my creative brain works in the background. My logical brain stays busy with the structure and finding rhymes.
If you’re not familiar with ghazals, check poetry.org
You probably know that I usually write prose, not poetry. What I find I like about writing poetry is that I’m not as attached to it, not in the same way I am to my prose. I feel more open to critique, and willing to “kill my darlings.” I can focus on image, language, rhythm, and sound. It’s more abstract.
If you’re writing on your own, try writing in a form. Try a ghazal. Check to this post on ghazals at Tweetspeak which includes some great examples.