Okay, when I get on my kicks I write anywhere from 4 to 10 poems a day, maybe more. This doesn't mean that all of them make the cut, or don't go through some heavy revisions. I'm just interested in other people's production.
I go through cycles; I'll write 5-10 in a day then maybe 1 a week, etc. O.o I'm weird, I know!
A breeze blows
with a slight hiss
If you listen
you can hear a voice
which is sometimes sincere.
Yet other times it just blows dust
with a quick wisp
which is soon gone.
The muse never reminds.
If we listen, we shall see
the wind carry our sense.
…………across the meadow and through the trees.
I write when it strikes and sometimes it is not for months and sometimes several a week.
When I first started writing I wrote up to 25 pieces in a day... all productive and good pieces. But I was not really eating right and wasn't sleeping. I had just lost my Mama. Now is another story... I may write ten in a day and then not write again for a month. My muse is a fiesty and funky little monster.
I know I don't really consider myself a poet, yet there are some writings and prayers...that some say sound like poetry?
It really depends on how I'm feeling. There are days when I write several. There are also periods of time when I won't write any for a couple weeks or more. I have no set pattern.
I find this to be true of myself as well. I have just sat down and tried to write poetry but I find it flows easily when I just let it come to me. I may go for quite some time without writing a single poem and other times one flows out or several at one time.
My partner is a poet, (On Hub Pages as Astra Nomik) and hey - no two poets are the same. Every poet has their own style of doing things, apparently!
Occasionally, I feel an inner urging to write something beautiful, and then I do. Other times, I don't feel like writing at all (not often). Most of the time, I want to write something every day or every other day, but not all is published. Some languishes on the sidelines for awhile. But I'm always thinking and observing, creating in my mind!
If I get a fit of manic desperation, I can get pretty inspired. It's all about pouring the heart out so that the emotions dont get stale and stagnant.
always write straight from the heart and the words will flow without over thinking
Since I feel so much all of the time, I write at least 10 a day. I even wake up out of my sleep to write poems. Oh well...what can I say? My episodes gives me fuel
It really is different for everyone. I go for days unable to write anything and then 4 or 5 will spill out effortlessly. I've always been that way and have learned not to push it when the well is dry.
Never more than 2/3 a week.
Usually get a few out of me if I get on the wine!
Depends if I come across anything inspiring.
For instance, my poems Diamonds Aren't Forever, was written after I watched a BBC Science program called Wonders of the Universe on the subject of Entropy. Turns out Diamonds really aren't forever.
Whereas, We Are All Stars, was written after playing a game called Falling Stars on Kongregate.com.
Simple things- Simple Minds!
Unlike many others, my own process is slow and I edit myself ruthlessly. I find that the best poems are those that contain nothing but that which is essential.
You mentioned "word vomit" and that's just what it is. But it's not only you who's doing the vomiting. It's all writers and all rough drafts. Many would-be poets, however, believe their writing is 'good' right out of the box, simply because they wrote it. They fall in love with their own words, which is a dangerous practice indeed. They believe that pure emotion is the only necessary ingredient for a worthwhile poem. I say worthwhile, not to discount the therapeutic nature of unedited poetry, but worthwhile from a purely academic standpoint.
There is no doubt that a 'writer' may consider an unedited first draft to be 'poetry,' but in truth, it would not survive as such within the larger artistic framework.
Nothing truly worthy of being considered poetry ever materialized without a good deal of deleting and adding and rearranging. Take my word for it. The delete button is a writer's best friend. One who rarely employs it is forever doomed to being just another hack.
I can go without writing for years, and then one day I sit down and it all comes out. I don't worry about it. I let it happen when it happens. I trust that it will happen again because I know it's a part of me.
My poems are usually triggered by an experience, a thought, a pretty girl or a picture of one. A piece of music a beautiful scene, well almost anything really. I do have to get them down quickly though, before I lose the urge. Have tried roughing them out before on paper but doesn't work as well for me.
Depression tends to cause me to lose concentration and focus, so once started I just have to finish it and publish it as it is, then if needed tweak it later.
I posted Vol 1 of my Epic Poem today if you want to take a look
Let me know what you think
It is the back story to a video game series we are developing
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