Poetry has been one of my outlets ever since I was younger. It helps me vent some steam without bothering anyone, and it helps me release pent up emotion. Lately, some of my friends have asked me to write an article to help them write their own poetry. Well, I believe, writing poems cannot be forced upon a person. Poems are the extension of one’s emotions—it is the creative expression of how one feels. One can learn how to write a poem, but one cannot be forced to write a poem about a topic one does not feel anything about at all.

I’ve also been asked by some of my friends and readers how I write poems or what motivates me to write poems. My answer? Pain. Yes, emotional pain. My depression, my heartbreak, my heartache, and things like those. But it does not mean I experience them at the…

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