Despite the best efforts of professional greeting card writers, you may find it difficult or impossible to find a card that says what you want to say, or that carries the emotion that you want to share. Therefore, you may choose to write your own verse and construct a card using a greeting card program, online greeting card service or home publishing software. Once you make the decision to write your own sentiments, you may wonder where to begin and how to make it look and sound original, yet professional.
Most greeting card writers use some sort of poetic devices in their verse. That is not to say that all greeting card verse is poetry, but writers use rhyme and rhythm to make the verse read smoothly and sound natural. They may also use imagery to capture a particular emotion.
Even for a poet, writing a creative and unique verse can be an intimidating and frustrating experience. If you are new to writing verse, an easy method to approach composing a unique greeting card text is as follows:
1. Outline the points you want to address and some images or memories you might want to use, for example, if you are writing about your granddaughter you might want to incorporate how you felt when you shared a special time with her.
2. Decide what kind of tone you want to use, for example, upbeat, energizing, somber or forceful. The tone will help you choose the words to use, for example, you can invoke a somber tone with round sounds, like in the words fall, hair or cloud. Whereas an upbeat verse might use words like hike, ignite or excite.
3. Do a free write; just write your thoughts without worrying about word choice or structure, to get your ideas out.
4. Look over your free write and check for a rhythm, images, metaphors or analogies that you can use to structure your verse. Circle common phases that you can change and words that do not really reflect what you want to say.
When structuring your verse try to invent fresh phrases and consider using some poetic devices.
Some poetic devices to consider using are:
Another thing to ask yourself while you are writing is, Is this really what I want to say? In other words, do your images and phrases successfully communicate exactly what you want to say?
Choose your words carefully and make certain that they convey what you want to say, that may seem obvious, but writers often fail to use the words that relate the tone, message or image they want to invoke. For example you may use the word 'happy', instead of 'excited', 'energized', 'playful' or 'thrilled' which are words that may more accurately relate what you are feeling. Also, do not use a word you do not like just because it rhymes, you may have to rethink your rhyme scheme if you cannot get the verse to say what you want.
Use numbers, colors or other specific details in your verse, so that it seem like you carefully chose every word for the recipient and the one-of-kind relationship that you have with them.
Once you have gone through these steps and have employed poetic devices and exactness you are well on your way to writing an exceptional greeting card.
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