For everyone who’s ever told me that they don’t write well, or for anyone who’s asked me how to start writing, it’s very simple:
1. Write with honesty.
That cliché saying, ‘Honesty is the best policy’ is not one to be taken lightly. It’s probably one of the best tactics to follow. Honesty is sincerity. It may be difficult to surface, it may sting, and it may bring you to unwanted realizations, but it will blow your mind once you visualize your genuine thoughts into actual words.
2. Write with passion.
We’re all passionate about SOMETHING. Find what it is that you’re passionate about, and let it drive you. Write about someone who makes you forget everything else at the moment, or something you can’t live without. Even if it’s a song that you’re obsessed with for only fifteen minutes, or a girl you just met with whom you might be in love with, allow it to act as a catalyst for your words.
3. Try to make sure your grammar is in tact.
It doesn’t have to be 100% perfect, but do your best. I know that poetry is up to interpretation, but this just goes with writing in general. Good grammar is often overlooked, but it will not only help boost the validity of your writing, it will help you communicate effectively in the long-run.
4. And most importantly, write for yourself first.
Every combination of words you create is your own invention. It’s yours to keep before anyone else’s. Don’t ever overlook the value of your thoughts. Your thoughts are probably the most unique thing about you other than your fingerprint.
But regardless of whether you follow these steps or not, remember that writing is subjective. There are no set guidelines to follow that will help you achieve “good” writing. Don’t allow anyone to tell you that you don’t deserve recognition or that your writing is merely “average”. In my mind, every honest attempt is as good as ever."
I need you
and a cigarette
the difference being
I have a pack of cigarettes
in the front pocket of my jacket
but I don’t have you
coiled up in my lungs—
if I could, I’d rather have
you in my jacket and
the cigarettes far away.