Have you ever tried writing down your dream?
The next morning, everything looks real and ordinary and comfortable. Still, you pick up your pen and paper, and try to remember the colours and the people and the feelings in your dream.
But then someone comes along and says, “That’s not the way to do it! You must use only so many words per line, and there should be a rhyme at the end of two lines---  A rhythm and a rule, and a right way to go about it.”
You ask: “Why can’t I do it my own way?”
And the reply comes: “Because this is the way! Greater people than you have done it this way.” And then, that Somebody goes on to show you examples of how other people have written down their dreams.
By which time you are completely confused and tired of the whole exercise, and you decide there are better things to do than writing down dreams!

The Practice Of Poetry features in this Puffin anthology for children. Ways to improve skills in creating prose, poetry, plays, blogs, etc are explained by practitioners