After the rush of inspiration you have a bunch of lines on a page. It’s rare that a poem like a hot cake comes clean baked out of the tin. Feel good about getting your thoughts and feelings out but the next stage will make or break your process because writing a poem combines inspiration and craft. Here are 9 steps to that will take you from raw draft to final edit before publication.
Chris Mooney-Singh gained a PhD in Creative Writing and has personally mentored thousands of students – from children to adults. Australian by birth he lives in Singapore. Three of his writing mentees have won the coveted Singapore National Young Writer of the Year Award as well as the UK Troubadour Poetry Prize. He is also an independent book, founder of poetry slam in Singapore and Malaysia and a publisher for a new generation of poets in the region.
When not teaching, Dr Mooney-Singh has published several books of poetry, short fiction in international anthologies, and plays produced for children and adults. He also writes screen plays and makes short films and video tutorials to learn different genres of creative writing.