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How long do you take to write a standard poem?

  1. Under 20 minutes

  2. 20 minutes - 1 hour

  3. 1 hour - 2 hours

    0 vote(s)
  4. 2 hours +

  1. Gannon

    Gannon Contributing Member Contributor

    Jan 15, 2007
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    Manchester, England

    How long does it take you to write your poetry?

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by Gannon, May 24, 2007.

    Personally I tend to take about 20 - 30 mins a piece.

    This is because of a few reasons.

    1) I get a bit annoyed trying to refine and simply post

    2) I know that I won't be producing greatness so should be happy with what I knock out in that time

    3) I am impatient and keen to get it on the site

    4) I'm in it for the fun of it - too much work would reduce the fun

    Let me know what you do.
  2. Torana

    Torana Contributing Member Contributor

    Mar 13, 2007
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    Sometimes I spend around 1 hour to 4 days writing a piece.
    But that is due to the fact that I have two kids and a very busy schedule during the day and at night I am on the internet, namely here relaxing for a few hours before I go to bed.

    Sometimes it takes me a whole of 5 to 30 minutes to write a piece, but most of the time around an hour or more.

    I like to spend time writing my poetry and seeing myself if it can be improved and other times i write something just for fun and post iy even though it isn't that good.

    But I don't post a lot of my poetry as I only really post the stuff that I need help with or think wow I've done an awesome job and now I want a critique and comments to see what else can be done.
  3. Domoviye

    Domoviye Contributing Member

    Jan 8, 2007
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    Proud Canadian. Currently teaching in Nanjing, Chi
    Usually under an hour. Although I have spent four hours writing one poem in the past. And once for an English term paper, I spent several hours writing and rewriting, and several days thinking and rethinking it. Got a good mark on that one as well.
  4. mammamaia

    mammamaia nit-picker-in-chief Contributor

    Nov 21, 2006
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    Coquille, Oregon
    as long as it takes... lots of my short bits i've written in minutes, while some multi-page pieces have taken days to start, finish and refine...

    time spent should never be a factor, if you're practicing the art of 'poetry'...

    that said, if just tossing off doggerel, i suppose one might want to brag about how quickly it can be done... :p
  5. Heather Louise

    Heather Louise Contributing Member Contributor

    Dec 10, 2006
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    it only ever takes me like ten minutes at max to write a poem, but i seldom write poetry. i only write poems when something springs to my mind and i just get it all down in minutes. i don't like to sit and have to think properly about what i am writing where poetry is conserned, i onyl write it if the peice is there, in my mind.

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