This will be my first official post (and not an intro!) for PoetryWithPip!
Thinking about what I should write gave me such a headache! I have so many things I want to talk about that I was struggling with what I should actually write for this first post.
The more I thought about it the more I realised, as I’m staring at a blank word document, that when it comes to writing poetry it can be difficult to put pen to paper too (so to speak ;] ).
When I think about my processes for creating Poetry, I find that I need an overflowing idea or image or emotion to help me get started. I use this ‘thing’ as a main image and try to describe as it best as I can in a … ‘poetic’ way (hate that term, please forgive me for using it!).
I also find that reading and editing other people’s poetry really helps inspire me to create. It gets me thinking about how I would write their poem or even writing a response poem (there is a fantastic collection that focuses on response poems called ‘Answering Back’ edited by Carol Ann Duffy, I highly recommend reading it!).
I have tried different creating processes, pulling words out of a hat or using a random generator on a computer ect; but I always find myself waiting for that one moment of inspiration to hit me in the face!
Which has obviously gotten me thinking about other people’s creative writing processes. I know some people write every day, just to start the juices flowing! When I tried this I found I just got more frustrated the first few times, but you do end up getting into a flow. I find that I can’t write every day just for the sake of it and that I need to gather ideas and images together and then set one day in the week that is my ‘creative writing time’; editing after this initial ‘writing time’. I find this very helpful but it really does help to stick to a routine.
Does everyone find trying different routines and creative processes helpful or is it different for everyone who writes poetry? Do us ‘poets’ share this struggle?
Drop me a response to this post and tell me how you start your poems!
I look forward to hearing how you write and trying your processes myself!