My Attempt to Write a Sonnet. Should be easy, right?

I’ve been on a bit of a poetry kick lately. I haven’t dropped this idea of a poetry collection that will one day grace the Wattpad app. In proper preparation, I’ve been looking at different poetry styles and structures, trying to decide which one(s) I want to use. The examples I’ve found so far on Wattpad have been all free verse stuff, or in some cases stuff that is just thoughts that people put on the page and listed it as poetry. Not so much official, academic poetry. Don’t get me wrong, I’m down for free verse and spoken word, but there is some merit to the official stuff too.

I had never attempted to write a sonnet before, and figuring that it is only 14 lines long, wouldn’t be that hard to do.

Ok, so it was harder than it looked. I eventually got my stuff to sound good and hit the required syllable count, but it took some doing. Oh, how I missed free verse! I have to say, I do like the challenge of having to work words in to a work when there are restrictions; it challenges you and forces you to expand your vocabulary. I don’t plan to apply the sonnet I wrote to my future collection that will amaze readers and blow minds, but it was a great writing exercise.

The weather over the weekend is going to be cold. It’s already snowed here and shut down schools in our area. It’s forecast to get colder tonight and stay that way tomorrow. Sounds like great stay-inside-and-write-weather to me. At home, it will be back to the novel. I got some notes on my first chapter from my critique partner, so I can go back and tweak things before I move on. My goal is to get at least two more chapters done over the weekend (if not more). I need to stay on top of this and keep my momentum going. I’m a horrible procrastinator.

It sounds like I’ve got plenty to keep myself busy over the weekend. How are things looking for you? Busy plans or are you still looking? I’d love to hear what you have going on in the comments.


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