Advice for Poets 11: Writing Poetry is Like Baking a Cake

Tonight its the start of the new series of The Great British Bake Off, and at least one of the team here at The Wait is ridiculously excited!! To celebrate, we’ve re-blogged our silly blog about why writing poetry is actually just like baking a cake.

The Roar Poetry Anthology

It’s true, you know. Don’t just take our word for it – read our advice, then have a go at baking your own poem and see how it turns out.

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You Don’t Have To Follow A Recipe

As any baker knows, if you follow a recipe you get great results, especially if you use a little invention to add a little twist of your own – a twist of lemon here, a pinch of cocoa there, and voila! You have a traditional cake with just a little extra sparkle.

It’s the same with poetry – following a recipe, or a ‘traditional form’, will give good results, and even better ones if you add a little creative flair. On the other hand, sometimes the best baking comes along when you can’t find your scales and are having to guess the recipe – writing…

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