by Lucy Ochoa-Petit ǀ @lucy_luisana

“Personification will make your
writing more vivid by painting
a striking picture with
just a few words.

“Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.” – Thomas Edison

Thomas Edison wasn’t far off. For me, writing a poem is about 20% inspiration and 80% perspiration.

The perspiration part is spending a lot of time crafting the writing and figuring out how to make a poem
stand out.

One of my favourite ways to make a poem pop is to use personifcation, a writing technique that gives
objects and animals human traits such as: emotions, desires and gestures. For example, “The ocean
bowed down and kissed my feet as I charged against its waves.”

I love this technique because it makes poetry magical by sprinkling bits of extraordinary to an otherwise
ordinary sentence. Personification will make your writing more vivid by painting a striking picture with just a few words, helping your readers see what you see and making them feel what you feel – and that’s
incredibly powerful.

Next time inspiration strikes, give your poem a fresh and fun twist by adding personifcation to your

The next time you use personification, remember to tag @herheartoncraft in your post, and use #ocwritingchallenge in your caption for a chance to be featured on our page.

So go ahead. Start writing. Your next big poem is at the tip of your pen and it won’t write itself.

Lucy Ochoa-Petit ǀ @lucy_luisana

Lucy is a curious creative who loves all things poetry. Her writing reflects her experiences and the world around her. She is passionate about helping others discover their love of poetry and poetic voice through writing technique.

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