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.
Thinking of You: A Card Greeting for Every Occasion This little books helps to jump start your thinking to make messages for cards.
Finding the Right Words: Perfect Phrases to Personalize Your Greeting Cards More than three dozen ways to say "Happy Birthday” for new family members...even pets. Includes thoughtful condolences for personalizing sympathy cards and congratulatory wishes for weddings and anniversaries. There are helpful hints to simplify card-sending and a monthly calendar for birthdays and anniversaries. This is a book of phrases for all occasions.