Tools of the Trade

In this section you will learn the basics of craft, from voice to rhyme. At the end of each chapter you will select ideas from your "Idea File" and write drafts of poems. At this time you need another folder titled "Work in Progress." When you compose a poem based on an idea, mark it "first draft" and put it in the file. Each time you rewrite the poem, mark it "second draft," "third draft" and so on, and paper clip all drafts of the same poem. This way you can chart your progress and determine which element of craft works for you or needs improving.

Chapter Eight

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