It can be terrifying to share our work. Some of us don’t know how much we should share with the world, where to share our poetry, or if it’s even worth stepping outside our comfort zone. Social media gives us an excellent platform to share our poems with the world. Here are nine tips for using social media to write and share poetry:
1. Always study your audience.
If you are writing poetry for social media, chances are it’ll need to be short and sweet. This may mean you have to kill your darlings. Haikus, sonnets, and limericks are all great formats to follow.
2. Make good use of imagery.
I am a photographer, so I tend to imagine a picture or a scene and describe it in my poetry to bring the words to life. Some social media channels, like Instagram, are very visual. So instead of giving the audience an aesthetically pleasing photo, paint a picture with your words.
3. When writing a book of poems, stick to one central theme.
At some point, you might want to compile a collection of poems that you have shared on various social media channels for a book. It may be tempting to just throw together poems that aren’t connected, but it’s better to stick to one theme. Divide the book into sections to make it easier to follow or stick to one topic.
4. Don’t be afraid to share your work in multiple places.
You may need to share your work across many social media channels to find the one that works the best for you and your poetry. Do not get offended by a negative feedback as it can help to enhance your writing abilities.
5. Develop a mailing list.
With a mailing list, you can gather e-mails and share your poetry in a more private way. This will help to market your name and words if you plan on self-publishing a book. It will also give you more control over the ways you reach your audience so you don’t have to worry about Facebook or Instagram algorithm changes.
6. Be prepared for people to copy or re-post your writing.
Social media is a free space so don’t share something if you aren’t okay with someone re-posting it. One way around this is to attach a logo to any photos you create of poems so that if someone wants to re-post it, it will include your logo.
7. Join a writing community.
Every social media channel has a community of writers and poets–whether it’s Facebook, Instagram, Goodreads, or Twitter. You can use hashtags to connect with other poets and writers.
One of the best things about social media is that you can use it to meet other poets and writers. This will allow you to have access to resources that you may not otherwise have access to, and you’ll be able to ask questions and get support from other poets. Being a poet can be a lonely thing. Connecting with other poets and sharing your work via social media is a great way to find supportive and encouraging people to help you along your poetry journey. And always remember, you got this!
Astrid Ferguson is a writer, poet, mother, wife, and an amateur photographer. She is the author of the book, Molt.