Valentine’s Day is coming up. You made yourself a vow to really outdo yourself this year by being thoughtful, romantic and, dare I say, extra? And what better way to melt the heart of your Romeo or Juliet than by writing a poem from your heart?

The only problem is, you don’t know the first thing about writing poetry. Fear not. That’s where this handy dandy tutorial comes in. First of all, it’s super sweet that you’re even considering doing this. Give yourself a pat on the back and reward yourself with a treat just for even thinking about it. Now, let’s get to it. Here are some tried and proven steps to help you deliver the best message of all time. 

Step 1. Get a piece of paper

Step 2. Get a pen

Step 3. Starting writing…a note letting everyone know you’re heading out

Step 4. Get your car keys

Step 5. Drive to your nearest Hallmark store

Just kidding? Also that’s 5 steps. But I’m writer not a mathematician.

Seriously. People at Hallmark get paid good money to be sentimental, romantic, funny and come up with messages for EVERYTHING and for EVERYONE. No one’s going to be mad you bought a card. BUT if you really do insist on doing it yourself, here are the real steps to writing an amazing poem that will win you all the awards. 

Step 1. Know your subject.

I mean, this goes without saying but for you slow people out there – Think about the person you’re writing this for. What do you love the most about ‘em? The way they smile? The way they smell? The way their eyes glisten when you bring them food?

Step 2. Use imagery. 

No, I don’t mean put pictures of stuff in your poem. Though maybe drawing a picture will get you extra points. I mean, paint a picture with your words.

Step 3. Make it rhyme

Lastly, but also most importantly, I don’t care what anybody says, if it doesn’t rhyme, it’s not a poem.

There you go. It’s beautiful. You’re amazing. Give yourself another treat. 

Also, here’s an example of a real poem….

  • Roses are red
  • Violets are blue
  • I’m no poet
  • I just want to kiss you

If you actually went through the trouble of writing a poem, even if you didn’t follow my amazing tips, I really want to see it. Please send it to me so I can read it. Please. Cause I want to know what love is.

P.S. Having the expectation that you can write Robert Frost poem for your SO on the first try, is a setup for disappointment. Take a look at these tips for setting healthy expectations.

P.P.S. If you really want to surprise your SO with a poem, borrow one from one of the greats. Check out this list of the 30 best love poems of all time.

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