How Poets Can Write Greeting Card Verse

I ran across an article on how a poet can learn to write greeting card verse.


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.


Books on Writing Card Sentiments ~

You Can Write Greeting Cards This hands-on guide features practical instruction and exercises that teach beginners how to survey the market, find their niche, and write greetings cards that say just the right thing.

A Guide to Greeting Card Writing All forms are discussed in detail: conventional verse and prose, personal relationship cards, humor, juvenile, inspirational, etc. Detailed info on how to submit and sell your work to greeting card markets. All the nuts and bolts of both the creative art and the publishing market.

Write Greeting Cards Like a Pro Moore knows the ins and outs of the greeting card business. In this hands-on guide, she offers practical instruction, idea joggers, and exercises that will teach you how to survey the market, find your niche, and write greeting cards that say just the right thing. From humor to inspirational writing, Moore profiles the special needs of each greeting card category and also shows you how to spot new trends, so you can write the cards publishers are seeking today.

The Freelance Writing for Greeting Card Companies This book targets important areas a writer needs to know in regards to being self-employed, as well as, how to own a small greeting card business. It covers Internet to explore the technology which has opened the door for freelance writers and artists. You will find web sites that will offer a variety of freelance writers opportunities never before known or unreachable outside the Internet world such as: chat rooms, bulletin boards, or forums so writers can communicate with other writers. This type of networking is ideal for finding answers or obtaining valuable information about a company, organizations, writing groups, and available resources.

How to Write and Sell Greeting Cards, Bumper Stickers, T-Shirts and Other Fun Stuff A successful freelancer shares her years of experience and advice in writing for the "social expression market".

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.

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7 Mistakes Greeting Card Writers is a booklet that explains what to avoid when submitting greeting card verse to publishers. Learn how to create a trendy card that reflects the contemporary world we live in, and how to use your own personal experience to create card verse. Topics include: how to avoid limiting your market, when to use adjectives, not creating card for enemies, write like people talk and a list of why card sentiment submissions are often rejected. You can increase your odds of success by 60% just by doing a few simple things. Includes a list of card publishers and their guidelines, links to writer interviews, and writing exercises for how to create good verse.

10 Things You Can Do, to Make Time for Art

by Kate Harper and Rice Freeman-Zachery

Rice Freeman-Zachery knows how to make time for art.

And be prepared, she won't accept any excuses from you why you don't have the time.

Rice is like a much needed Marine Corp Sergeant for artists, and she's on a special mission to make "your art" your top priority .

Even if at first, you may think it sounds impossible, Rice is confident that you will be able to announce to your family with conviction: "Since I don't have space for creating art, I am now taking over the living room to make an art studio. End of discussion"

And she can back up her advice with stories of real people who've successfully made these leaps into their art life.

After I discovered her new book on Amazon, and wrote a review about it, Creative Time and Space: Making Room for Making Art, I asked Rice (pronounced Ree-sa), to do an interview for this blog.


Can you brainstorm 10 simple things we can do today, to set up the conditions where we will be creating art tomorrow?

: If you give these things a chance, not only will you start making art, but you'll start changing your mindset.

1. Make a list of your friends who would be willing to play with you.
I mean really play. Silly stuff. Building a fort, making costumes, writing plays. This is the friend you need to spend more time with.

2. Quit watching TV.
Period. Yes, that means the news, too.

3. Quit reading the newspaper.
Unless you're a complete hermit, you will find out the news you need to know. The rest of the crap that passes for news is worse than a waste of time; it's designed to make you want things you don't have.

4. Go take a walk. Take a little notepad, a pencil, and your camera.
Find 10 things that are beautiful and record them.

5. Stop web surfing.
You may call it "research," but trolling the internet looking at other people's stuff isn't doing you a bit of good if you should, instead, be in there mixing paint.

6. Read something different.
If you usually read novels, read about science. If you usually read true crime, read a children's book. Find something that makes you think about things you usually don't think about at all.

7. Wear something that makes you feel like an artist.
Put on a bright shirt or a ring made out of wire or a needle-felted pin or a painted tie. Wear it every day and look at it often, reminding yourself that art is in your life.

8. Break as many Grown-Up Rules as you can.
Don't make the bed. Eat with chopsticks. Sit on the floor. Lie in the grass. Roll around with the dog. Make a mess and don't clean it up. Walk where you need to go instead of driving. Chew bubble gum and blow big bubbles. Do these things as often as possible.
"Remember: as long as you do work you need to do to pay the bills, and keep yourself and your family clean and fed, most other things can be ignored."

9. Make up a story that involves the first three things you pull out of the dish drainer.
A knife, a spatula, and a tea-cup? Two little old spinster sisters were preparing afternoon tea for their nephew. He brought cupcakes, but the frosting had slid off, so Ella went into the kitchen to get a spatula to spread it back on top. When she went back into the parlor, Emma had a knife sticking out of her neck, exactly where her diamond necklace had been just moments before. The nephew was nowhere to be found. I promise you: your brain loves stories. The more chances it has to make some up, the happier it's going to be.

10. Important: Think of yourself as an artist.
Whatever you have to do to convince yourself that this is who you really are, do it. Think of yourself that way all day every day. You are not an accountant. You are an artist who does accounting. You are not a doctor. You are an artist who also practices medicine and does a really good job of it. But inside, you are an artist. Let that out. The artist wants to be recognized.

QUESTION: If an artist has a chronic perception they never have time for art, what are some questions they should be asking themselves?

The key word here is "chronic," of course. Everyone has periods that are really really busy, when you literally don't have time to get into the studio.

But when it's on-going and you just never, ever find the time? Then it's usually something else. And often that Something Else is fear.

As long as you're not in there making your stuff, you don't have to worry about whether or not that stuff is going to be any good, right? You don't have to worry if you can do it or if you still have it or if you never had a clue.

"If you don't have time for art, your first question might be:
What am I afraid of?

Are you afraid you won't be able to get started? Or that you won't have the skills to do what you want to do? That people will make fun of you? That you'll find yourself sitting at your desk or table with no ideas at all? As long as you plead a lack of time, you never have to face any of those scary thoughts.

Another question needs to be: how am I spending my time?

Very few of us are as busy as we think we are. Oh, sure--we're running around doing a million things, but very, very few of those things are as important as we'd like others--and ourselves--to believe.

There are so many things that we just assume we have to do--keep up with the news, make the beds every day, shop for birthday cards for people we never see. Dust. They are just things that society has told us are important that, if we really want to be creative, have to go.

"Taking a good hard look at all the things you do every day, from watching that show every afternoon to stopping by the grocery store, to surfing the web for two hours after dinner--it's all stuff that can be jettisoned to give you time to do the work that makes you feel alive."

QUESTION: What is the most common reasons artists give you, to explain why their art is "on hold"? How can we avoid this before it happens?

Everyone loves to talk about how busy they are.

It makes us feel important and needed and useful and productive. And everyone likes to talk about how their families couldn't adapt if they took over the living room for painting or quit cooking dinner or didn't do carpool duty more than one night a week.

"The one, single, biggest problem, is that people don't take their creative lives seriously."

What you need to think about is what you want to remember as you're lying on your deathbed. Do you want to remember mounds of snowy, neatly folded sheets, or do you want to remember painting a tree?

And how do you think your family wants to remember you? As someone who always had shiny tableware, or as someone who was joyously mixing pigments and singing at the easel?

Your family loves you; they want you to be happy. If you're an artist, you can't be really happy unless you're creating.

QUESTION: In your book you encouraged people to do art in public because other people enjoy creativity. If we aren't painters or carry easels--what are other ways to do art in public?

-I carry stitching with me everywhere I go. I stitch in the car, in waiting rooms, in the dentist's chair, in the car wash, at the coffee shop.

-If you have a journal and a pen, you have all you need--you can sketch, make diagrams, make lists of colors or shapes you want to explore. Doodling unlocks parts of your brain that may have gone rusty.

-Photography is an easy public art--whether it's your main art or just another way to make notes, taking photos is perfect for when you're out in public.

-Make rubbings of the water meter covers or the textures of buildings. You can transfer these to fabric later on.

-Carry a little plastic bag of clay with you and play with it as you wait in line at the post office.

QUESTION: Artists can be experts at coming up with 100 excuses about why we don't have time to do art. How can we respond to that internal dialogue, and break the cycle?

I talk about this a lot in the book. The single thing you need to do is to learn to let creativity control your brain. Let your ideas and your quirky inspiration and your dreams be the core of what's in your brain. Make up stories, write blog posts in your head, sketch out your to-do lists like Pam RuBert does.

Fan the spark.


Technology: Mac Book Pro, Snow Leopard, iPhone, iLife, iPages, and iPhoto. For a printer, I use the Epson Stylus C88 printer with archival inks--I print directly onto fabric with this little jewel.

Recommended side-job for artists during dry spells: Find a job that doesn't make you nuts and will let you think and dream while you're doing it.

Message or quotation you have on your bulletin board: "Don't take life too seriously; it's only a temporary situation." And, from Native Funk and Flash: "The spiritual nature and pleasure of the work--the process of the work--is the best reason for doing it."

Twitterers you follow: Sockington, the CEO of Zappo's, and various artists.

(Note: Fabric Art images are designs by Rice Freeman-Zachery)

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