Why is it good to try writing poetry? Part 5

Courage - Part 3My intention was to prove that with a basic idea for a story, it would be straightforward to start with a simple poem and develop things from there.

I started with a notion of a brave young fighter pilot in World War II, at about the time of the Battle of Britain.

Stage 1.  I wrote three x four line verses.

Stage 2.  I padded the first three verses out with three more, and that was the poetry completed.

Stage 3.  I considered the ingredients of a short story, combined with my idea for a plot.

Stage 4.  I wrote the story in one straight session, and found that it altered slightly from the original idea. I went with the flow, as I knew I should.

Stage 5.  Only on completion of the story, and with it fresh in my mind, I rapidly listed about 20 possible titles. I relaxed with a coffee and reduced my list to three top contenders.

The title had to be relevant, and at the same time capture the imagination. It had to convince prospective readers that there was a good story to follow.

I left the story for a couple of days, and then did my first proper edit. I left it another two days and did another edit. I’ve no doubt I’ll try to improve on what I have now, but for anybody who’d like to see the finished article:

‘A Time for Courage’

Thank you for indulging me and making this journey with me.



It would be wrong not to make mention of a friend from ‘across the pond’.  Until a couple of weeks ago I would never have considered writing anything in association with someone else. 

Amber, (pen-name Velvet Mist) suggested we try a collaboration in poetry.  We decided on a theme then wrote three stanzas apiece.  I sent my efforts to Amber so that she could merge the two sets of writing, add background, graphics and music before our piece was posted on site.  We were both satisfied with the finished product and it received positive comments from our peers. 

A few days ago we put another poem together, then following a few deft touches by my accomplice it was posted on the Starlite cafe site.  Once again the writing was adorned with suitable background and the whole presentation was improved accordingly.  Thank you Amber.

Our efforts are listed with active links in my Poetry page under Collaborations.