From Heart to Hands SymbolYou’ve been writing poetry for years and now it’s time to unleash your words on the world! But you aren’t quite sure how to put it all together, so that it is attractive and easy to read.

To help you we’ve complied a list of methods, apps and sites utilized by the community. This is designed to be a jumping off point for those new to Instagram. We know that there are many other applications available, with varying degrees of complexity, so feel free to leave us a comment if you think that we have missed something.

This information was kindly volunteered by the members of the Her Heart Poetry Community, and are currently being used to post to Instagram.


Words

  • Fontcandy
  • InstaQuote
  • Textgram
  • Fotor
  • TextonPS
  • Phonto

Pro-Tip: For intricate and complex work, you can also create your posts in InDesign, Publisher, PowerPoint and other design based software. Then you can download from your cloud/dropbox to your phone and post to Instagram.

Handwritten: If you have tidy handwriting then you can also hand write your poems and take a photo.  This style is becoming more and more popular and many poets are creating an aesthetic for their page around handwritten poetry.


Frames and Borders

  • Piccollage
  • LiveCollage
  • PicsArt
  • Photo Editor Pro

Pro-Tip: Your borders can also be added using design software and many font apps will have the option to add a border in app.


Background Images

Create your own backgrounds
If you also have an eye for imagery than don’t be afraid to use your own photos, drawings or pictures as the backgrounds to your work. Many people do this to great effect.

Unsplash.com
This site is attribution free, so you can use and manipulate images, without having to credit them.

Pixabay.com
This site is also attribution free, so you can use and manipulate images, without having to credit them.

Iheartit.com
This site is a mixture of attributable work and attribution free works. It can be tricky at times to find the source of the work so you may have to credit back to the website.

Other creatives
Another way to find unique images for your work is to collaborate with an artist. There are literally thousands of artists on Instagram sharing everything from sketches to oil paintings.  If you use artwork from an artist ALWAYS credit them, including giving a credit to their Instagram account if they have one.

In App
Most font apps come with a range of backgrounds which are attribution free, although you may have to pay to upgrade the app to a premium version to remove the watermark.

What is attribution and why should you do it? Attribution is the process of crediting the source for the image. If the site you are using does not specifically state that it is attribution-free then you must do everything you can to ensure that you give credit for the artwork to it’s creator. This is important because, like your own writing, the person who created it deserves to be recognised for the work that they have done.


Captions

  • Repost Quick
  • Quick Save

Occasionally you may have to copy another user’s caption (the text below the post).  You cannot copy and paste using your phone, so you will need an application do this.


Hashtags

Hashtags are important as they allow other users to sift through the millions of images on Instagram to find those that are relevant. There is a wide body of research about hashtags and how to use them, that is at times completely contradictory. Our best practice experience is that you want to use around ten hashtags per post, and they should largely consist of popular hashtags. These hashtags are the ones we see most often:

poem, poetry, instapoetry, poetsofinstagram, writersofinstagram, spilledink, quoteoftheday, poetsofig.

Instagram allows up to 30 hashtags per image.  Please note that you have to use the ‘#’ symbol in front of a word to make it searchable.


Feature Accounts

A feature account is one that ‘features’ the work of other poets and writers. This is great way to increase your profile and make new connections. Read our Features Directory for the most up-to-date list of feature accounts on Instagram.


Have we missed something?

We would love to hear if we have missed something that must go on the list!  Feel free to leave a comment below.  We will keep adding to the Toolkit, and look forward to your input.

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