5 Reasons Why Artists (and All Other Creative Professionals) Should Write Poetry


Writing poetry isn’t something that should remain for poets alone. Artists, musicians, filmmakers, and other creative professionals can all benefit from penning their own poems.


Here are 5 reasons why artists, musicians, filmmakers, and other creative professionals should write poetry:


1. Open Your Creative Mind

Inspiration, new techniques, and fresh insights can all come to you while writing poetry. It can open your creative mind up to new avenues which can spark ideas and inspiration for all areas of your work.


2. Find Your Voice

If you’re looking for your creative identity – whether you’re starting out or have been working for years – the stripped-down and raw nature of poetry can help you find your true and natural voice as an artist.


3. Express What You Normally Cannot Express

Poetry can allow you to express things that you may not be able to express in your normal medium and/or it can help you express things in a way that you’re unable to in the ways in which you normally create. Use this opportunity to reach into areas that you haven’t been able to connect with before.


4. Builds Your Creative Muscles

Writing poetry isn’t easy – at least writing good poetry isn’t easy. That’s why it’s a great way to exercise your creative muscles. It pushes you and forces you to use your artistic mind in new, refined, and expanded ways.


5. Keep Your Creativity Fresh

No matter what you do, doing it consistently can get stale. And so can your work. Dabbling in another medium can keep your creativity and output fresh. Poetry differs enough from most other artistic forms – yet accessible enough (in that you don’t need special equipment, etc.) – to give your creativity a sometimes well-needed shake.