Poets, I’m listening to Italian lounge music [click the link to listen, yourself], the sun is shining outside, and this picture hit me just right. Who is ready to go into the weekend with some sunshine and relaxation? Have any special plans for Easter? Let me know in the comments section below.
Speaking of Italian, check out this cool post I found that highlights the Southern part of Italy – Calabria – which is where my family originally came from: “Why Calabria in Southern Italy?” by Imagine Earth Travel.
And if you haven’t yet, check out my other latest poem, “To Be a Drop in the Sea.” That one, too, began with a picture that hit me just right.
Yes, I’m just a drop in the sea. But won’t you let me be?
Sometimes I like being alone. I’ll see you back at home.
Poets, did you ever just want some peace and quiet? Maybe it’s been a busy day. Maybe you just want a minute by yourself to write a poem. Tell us about it in the comments section!
Today I read a great poem by one of my favorite blogs, The Rendezvous Club, and I wanted to share it with you -> “Eating Soil.” It takes you on a short poetic story that becomes very heartfelt half-way through.
Today I am going to give you some of my best writers block ideas. But, there’s just two things I want to say before I start. (1) Sometimes it’s easy to have our own “formula” to write; a certain method or approach that we take. But if your creative fluids are running dry, don’t be afraid to try a new method. That is what this post is all about. (2) And, secondly, poetry is not meant to be cerebral – it’s emotional. So when I write a first draft of a poem, I don’t worry about logic, grammer, rhyming or syllables. My primary concern is to only write out of my heart. Then, I go back later and redraft it for grammer, rhyming and counting syllables if I want. But, really, all those cerebral aspects are just optional when it comes to poetry.
So, without further delay, my first and best advice is very simple:
Let the music take you there.
That’s my tip (very simple). Do you have a song that really moves your heart? That touches your soul? Then I challenge you to do this. Turn that music on in your headphones, close your eyes, and let the words start flowing from your soul. Let the pen translate the feelings that are rising in you. And let the music take you there.
But, if music is not really your thing, don’t worry. I have a second tip that works just as well.
Let a picture inspire.
My second tip is also great. If you need writers block ideas, then try finding a picture that really grabs your attention or really pulls on your emotions. Then, just focus on that picture, and write what comes from your heart. For example, what does the picture below bring to your mind?
Listen to the silence.
The third tip I have for you is this: Just sit in silence and see what words come to you. If music isn’t inspiring you, if pictures aren’t bringing any words to you, then maybe you just need to sit and listen. You may be surprised what words start coming to you.
*Side Note: Nature is a great place to stop and listen.
This is a challenge I give to you for writers block ideas.
Next time you need writers block ideas, I challenge you to let the music take you there. Or find a picture and let it inspire. You may be surprised where you end up.