I was taught how to write a sonnet in my creative writing class last semester at Eastfield, and I pretty much fell in love with the idea of writing something to such a specific structure and requiring such short length, since I almost always have to have some kind of structure and/or rhyming scheme and almost never write in free verse.
How to Write a Shakespearean Sonnet
Hopefully you'll already be familiar with the specifics and technical details about writing a sonnet. It must be in iambic pentameter, must contain fourteen lines and each line must fit the rhyming scheme of a-b-a-b, c-d-c-d, e-f-e-f, g-g.
You think you want to write a sonnet? Hey!
Oh, I've got just the thing for you, my friend.
So just sit tight and I'll explain my way,
And please remember this is not the end.
It helps to think of sonnets like a theme
With introduction, middle and an end,
Where quatrain 1 will introduce the theme
And subjects of nos. 2 and 3 extend.
But don't forget the sonnet's end, the tip,
The couplet is the most important part.
It means to make the end more than a blip
And puts perspective on the sonnet's heart.
So now I hope you won't feel so much stress
And now you'll write a masterpiece, I guess!