Practice condensing your theme into fewer lines. Say three verses of four lines each. Not all the time. Just now and again for practice. The opening. The
development. And the conclusion. Its good practice for concentrating the mind on essentials. One might also say: The question: The ramifications: Synthesis. But my main point was to practice brevity.
Strain a bit to catch the particular and most fully expressive word-in-context or phrase on the fly. One doesnt often fulfill the aspiration - - but its still good practice. Its
excellent practice for repartee - - especially in public speaking. The telling off-the-cuff retort. -- Tom Humble
An exercise that is familiar to other types of writers is the idea of an introduction, the body in which the idea is developed, and a summary. This can also be done in poems
and songs, depending on length and style of the work.