You know that with a 30 day blogging project, sooner or later you’re going to have a list post. Today is the day. Here are some ways to find inspiration when you are lacking:
- Read some poetry: You can either read your own poems or someone else’s, but take the time to think about how you would do things differently.
- Listen to strangers talking: Coffee shops are good for this, so is talk radio.
- Go to an art gallery: The nice thing about getting inspired by a different medium is that you don’t have to worry about unintentionally copying someone else’s work.
- Listen to music: I tend to avoid music with lyrics, but go with what works for you.
- Go for a walk: The nice thing about walking is that the pace gives you time for observation.
- Go someplace new: It can be as far away as another state or as close as a street you’ve never driven down.
- Get some exercise: Exercise clears the mind and gets the blood flowing to the brain.
- Read the news: There’s always something going on in the world that is worth writing about.
- Read the tabloids: There’s nothing more imaginative than the stories in the tabloids, especially the Weekly World News.
- Start a dream journal: The beauty of dreams is that they incorporate elements of your life in new ways. Embrace the alternative you.
- Use the random link: The random link on Wikipedia will lead just about anywhere. If you don’t like what you see, hit the button again.
- Take some pictures: Find a subject worth taking pictures of, and you’ll find a subject worth writing about.
- Paint: If you aren’t feeling creative in one medium, find another medium. Engage the creative parts of your brain.
- Try some automatic writing: Just start typing off the top of your head. The longer you can keep it up, the more interesting the revelations will be.
- Pick a central topic: Find one broad topic that you want to write a series of poems about. Picking a central subject gives you a starting point for your ideas.
- Make an idea list: Just start writing down ideas for poems. Keep listing potential topics until you get excited enough about one to start writing.
- Find some privacy: It can be hard to write in a noisy, crowded room. Sometimes you just need to be alone.
- Meditate: I’ve already written about the benefits of mediation. A simple one is to sit staring at a candle. Just focus on the flame.
- Call an old friend: One way to bring back memories is to call an old friend and get to talking.
- Find a partner or mentor: Finding someone else to talk about poetry with will help you focus your thoughts. It will also increase your commitment to your work when you find someone to hold you accountable.
- Find a group: Poetry groups can be good and bad. If you find the right people, it can be a great place to develop ideas and get feedback. If it’s a bad group, just get the heck out of there.
- Take a class: A poetry class is a good way to give you inspiration and commitment, but any kind of class will help give you new things to think about.
- Set a deadline: Pressure works for some people. Set a deadline that is fair and appropriate and live up to it.
Today’s Poetry Prompt
Try one of the inspirational ideas from above before you write your next poem.