Fantastic poet Despoina Kemeridou spills all on how poetry helps her to get through difficult times AND gives us her top five tips for writing poetry!
Find out all about Kemeridou below.
About Despoina Kemeridou
Despoina Kemeridou is the author of two romance novels and one dark poetry collection. She started writing in 2009 and immediately knew this was what she wanted to do for the rest of her life.
Kemeridou was born in 1996 in Thessaloniki, Greece. Alongside being an author, she studies Midwifery at the International University of Greece. In her free time, Kemeridou is an avid landscape photographer and has captured beautiful images of nature since 2017. She also likes to sketch and paint.
Her first book, 'Fated to Meet You', was self-published in 2018. In 2020, she self-published her second book, 'Mark of a Demon', which was listed as the Amazon #1 Hot New Release for Teen & Young Adult Short Reads. The latest book recently released is 'Of Darkness and Light'. Currently, she is working on an urban fantasy novella.
"Poetry has been a part of me ever since I faced my first great difficulty in life. I was sixteen
back then. That’s when I started writing poems. I found myself through poetry. It was a way
for me to express my deepest thoughts and feelings.
I always found it hard to communicate well with others, so words have always been a great help to me. Words and poems enabled me to communicate without having to speak at all. Poetry is a form of art. Writing a poem is like drawing on a blank sheet of paper. The paper is the canvas, while the words are the inks. That, and a small piece of their soul, is all one needs to craft a poem.
It took me years to write a poem I considered worth sharing. When I took the first step, people seemed to like the dark feeling my poems emanated and that made me write more and more, and more often. The process was cathartic for me. After some time, I managed to disconnect my personal feelings from my poems. I tried to imagine different people in different situations. In the end, most of them became alive in my mind and I managed to feel what they felt and share their pain.
How poetry helped me fight Writer’s Block
I’ve experienced the famous ‘Writer’s Block’ many times throughout my writing journey. It
became harder during the Lockdown, as I kept feeling uninspired to finish my current WIP (work-in-progress).
I tried everything that was suggested to me for fighting this; taking a break, keeping a journal, going out for a walk, riding my bicycle… But nothing seemed to work out for me. I felt like a was trapped and I had no way out of this “curse”.
After lots of thinking, I ended up writing poems. I started with smaller ones (around 10-20
words) to help me stay connected with writing. As time passed, I managed to write more and more. Eventually, I felt inspired to write an entire scene for my WIP. I still find it hard to write sometimes, having to balance writing, work, social media, and life, but when I feel uninspired, I always turn to poetry.
Tips and Resources
Have you ever felt the urge to write poetry, but didn’t have a clue about where to start? Here are some tips for beginners:
1. Read other poets’ works: This will help you get an idea of how poetry is written. It’s
good to try out different poets, and understand the differences between their works.
2. Don’t follow the rules: This sounds like bad writing advice, doesn’t it? Well, I
always say rules are meant to be broken. When writing poetry, you’re writing from the
soul, so it’s perfectly fine to break a rule or two. There shouldn’t be rules for writing
3. Start with smaller poems: If you don’t know how to start, why not try out micro
poetry? They are about 20 words in length, according to Wikipedia, and they’re pretty
easy to write.
every day that you can use to write a poem. #vsspic provides an image from which
you can get inspired to write a specific scene or poem.
5. Rhymezone.com: This site will help you find different words that rhyme together. It’s
perfect if you want to write a poem that rhymes well.
Writing poetry for all these years, I realized that you have to let everything go and be free.
Your first poem might suck, but the next one will be much better. By the years, your writing
will only improve. Keep trying, fail, and try again. Poetry is all about expressing yourself or
telling a story in a poetic, lyrical way. If you’ve been thinking about dabbling with poetry,
now is the time to start."
If you wish to connect with Kemeridou online, you will find links to her Website and Social Media below:
Author Website: www.kemeridou.com