- How do I want my reader to read those words?
- Is it a powerful word?
- What are the words that come before and after?
- Is it a phrase that needs to be connected?
- Do I need this word in my poem?
- Do words repeat unnecessarily?
- What is a big topic/event/idea that brings big emotion to you?
- What is the small moment, detail, object that you can hold in your hand that makes you think of that big feeling?
- Giving an object human qualities.
Hey, diddle, diddle,
The cat and the fiddle,
The cow jumped over the moon;
The little dog laughed
To see such sport,
And the dish ran away with the spoon.
Cat playing a fiddle
Show Not Tell
show your audience with words.
Instead of Angry:
- eyebrows were raised
- mouth was squished
- cheeks were hollow
- fists were clenched
Instead of Happy
- eyes were bright
- eyes were wide
- mouth was open
a figure of speech that directly compares two different things. The simile is usually in a phrase that begins with the words "as" or "like."