Everyone's a poet.
Of course, everyone's a critic, too! This means that there are plenty of opportunities to heighten our awareness of words and how we use them.
Words create pictures, and just as a painter uses a combination of colors and strokes to express a concept, we offer an artistic rendering of thoughts through carefully chosen words.
Our linguistic intelligence is what allows us to both recognize and generate vivid word vignettes. Whether you enjoy novels, biographies, mysteries, sonnets, haiku, song lyrics, conversations, soliloquies, or newspaper stories, you can develop greater word awareness by focusing on descriptive phrases.
In our everyday speech, we tend to speak in phrases and punctuate these with expressions, pauses, gestures, or laughter. Although words themselves convey meaning, total picture we create is a combination of inflection, context, juxtaposition, and even eye contact.
Don't think you have your own personal poetry style? Think again. You use words in your own way, and it's likely that, given an assignment to express a particular concept, your version would have recognizable elements.
Try this test: describe a birthday cake.
There's a good chance that you would use words to express shape, flavor, color, decoration, ingredients, size, and presentation of a cake, and that precise way you do that would be unique when compared to others' descriptions. In addition, you're likely to come up with a different description if asked to do so a month from now.