TWAS BRILLIG: You Only Have 3 Lines!

You only have about 3 lines to grab your reader by his heartstrings. MAKE THEM COUNT-HERE’S HOW:


Whether it is a poem or a blog post, the same 3-lines rule applies.

If you’re writing a poem and the title is not crucial, omit it. Yes, I know it’s like leaving the hospital without naming your newborn, but you need the first 3 lines to be phenomenal. If  the first few lines aren’t stunning, you run the risk of a reader flipping past your post.

On certain sites like Google Plus and Facebook, the reader only sees the first few lines.

I have rewritten poems with the specific intent of putting my best 3 lines at the top. Put your best foot forward, so to speak!

Look at these amazing first lines from some talented poets:
“Because I could not stop for death” – Emily Dickinson
“O, captain, my captain! Our fearful trip is done.” – Walt Whitman
“Once upon a midnight dreary while I pondered weak and weary” – Edgar Allan Poe
“Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe” – Lewis Carroll

If you’re writing a blog post, you will focus more on the title. One of my most popular blog posts was entitled “Grammatically Correct Frankenstein.” I believe it was a hit because of the silliness in the title.

Poems and blogs should feature a captivating picture. People who use social media are highly visual people.

Does this help you? Let me know.

Keep writing and keep sharing! – Cronin Detzz


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