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How to Be Inspired - Poems about Writer's Block

Updated on June 11, 2013

April is National Poetry Month!

I'm recycling another of my older poems for National Poetry Month, along with some encouragement for getting past writer's block. I encourage you to share your own poetry this month or read others' poetry, at least. Happy Poetry Month! #13

How to Get Past Writer's Block

Sometimes that lack of inspiration for a poem becomes, ironically, the very inspiration that a writer needs to create one.Just write! Writers should write, sometimes whether they feel like it or not, even when their words feel like foolish rambling.

Perhaps they might even create something unexpected--and even pleasurable. For the poet, those somewhat forced creations might even come to stand as poems in their own right. Here are two examples.


A cat fascinated by the snow falling....
A cat fascinated by the snow falling.... | Source

The Poem That Never Was


Watching the snow

Falling softly

Making everything white

I felt inspired

To write a poem

As I looked into the night.

But as the night wore on

And the snow still fell

The poem just wouldn’t come

So I walked out into

The cold, crisp air,

coming back feeling nothing but numb.

Even though the poem

Never came

It wasn’t a total lost cause.

For this little rhyme has taken the place

Of the poem that never was.


Another Attempt to Write a Poem


I Want to Write a Poem


I want to write a poem.

I think

That if I sat here

Long enough

It would come to me….

--Creative

--Colorful

--Deep

--Imaginative

--Touching

--Insightful

--Profound.

It would change the world.

It would blow people away with its brilliance.

If only it would come to me.

Geez….

It’s hard to write a poem.

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    • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Lynn 

      6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Recycling for National Poetry Month! These are older poems I wrote when I was trying to push through writer's block!

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      Victoria Lynn 

      6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Sweethearts2--I'm delighted that my efforts while feeling blocked did inspire you! I do feel blocked from time to time, but I think just keeping on writing is the key, yet then at times setting down the pen or getting away from the computer for a bit. But always coming back, because it's worth it. I think it's a great feeling for a writer when something does come together, whether it's something that just seems to flow onto the paper of its own volition or something that's pored over until every little word finally fits. I think perhaps we all tend to make it complicated sometimes, but I think that sometimes it is more complicated than outsiders might think.

      I sure do appreciate your comments and compliments!!!

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      sweethearts2 

      6 years ago from Northwest Indiana

      I'm even inspired by your samples of being blocked. I'm impressed and inspired you're always motivated and motivating. I tend to complicate my thought process. Hoping I can step outside the box. Will look to your examples. Love your work.

    • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Lynn 

      6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Cool. I'll try remember to check it out!

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      Cutters 

      6 years ago from South Carolina

      I guess it would be called techno I am not sure! But it is really good

    • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Lynn 

      6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      That's cool, Cutters. What kind of music is it?

      Poetic Fool--well said!

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      Poetic Fool 

      6 years ago

      Victoria, it's a whimsical (read: silly) little poem called "Damned Writer's Block".

    • Cutters profile image

      Cutters 

      6 years ago from South Carolina

      I was just thinking, when I write I listen to music, to be exact It is MOBY the song is called THE SON OF FYLNN remix from the movie tron. It really helps me when I am in a bind. I just wanted to share that.

    • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Lynn 

      6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      saddlerider--Thanks for appreciating my efforts, my "samples." Hopefully, they encourage others to keep writing even when the inspiration doesn't seem to be there. Keep writing and writing until we create something!Thank you, thank you!

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      Victoria Lynn 

      6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      You're cool, Cutters--thanks!

      PoeticFool--it takes me a while to publish sometimes, too. I'm a perfectionist at times, going over and over. And sometimes the writer's block keeps it from flowing right, and I have to put it aside until later. What's the name of the poem you mention? I'd like to read it.

    • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Lynn 

      6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Ah, Lord, you're sweet.

      Thanks, Vinaya. Always good to see you.

      Thoughts220--I appreciate your kind comments. And, yes, sometimes a lack of inspiration does turn into something on paper!

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      saddlerider1 

      6 years ago

      You gave a simple couple of examples of getting motivated to write, they are not to be taken as the gifted talent you have as a poet already, they were mere samples, just to help those out there that may be struggling to get started by placing pen to hand. I already know you write from your heart in the wee hours of the nights. And your right keep writing, keep writing. Inspiration comes from places we least expect them, just like in your example of a snowfall. Well done my friend.

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      Poetic Fool 

      6 years ago

      Victoria, I have to agree with you here. Most writers suffer writer's block at some time or another. It doesn't always flow naturally, at least for me. Writer's block itself became the inspiration for a poem I wrote a few months ago.

      I'm not a prolific writer to start with, maybe because I am too picky as to what I publish, maybe because I'm too busy with life or just not that creative. But poetry, for me, is more than just putting thoughts down on paper. Not that I am qualified to define what constitutes poetry. Thanks for sharing. I enjoyed it.

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      Cutters 

      6 years ago from South Carolina

      Great job! poems are from the heart and how you feel at the moment. No poem is a bad poem.

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      thoughts220 

      6 years ago from India

      I can completely relate to the point and yes, its amazing how the sheer lack of insipartion acts like one itself. The poems were wonderful. Voted up and beautiful.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 

      6 years ago from Nepal

      The poems are beautiful and it is hard to choose the best. However, I liked I Want to Write a Poem because of wonderful word-pictures.

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      Joseph De Cross 

      6 years ago from New York

      Have a blessing night Victoria! Your hubs are always welcome!

      LORD

    • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Lynn 

      6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      This is just a revision--title and picture, plus the introduction a tid-bit. I like to sit on new potential hubs for a few days while revising older hubs....

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      Victoria Lynn 

      7 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      My mind will follow....I think it usually does, but sometimes it needs a push. haha. Thanks, epi! By the way, I like your time and what's going on updates! I love piano music. So relaxing.

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      epigramman 

      7 years ago

      .....well as I always say dear Victoria - if you write from the heart then the mind will always follow - and you certainly do very well here on both fronts ......lake erie time 1:50am with full moon in glory over the lake and Oscar Peterson and Count Basie playing piano

    • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Lynn 

      7 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks for the comment, moneycop!

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      moneycop 

      7 years ago from JABALPUR

      YES RIGHTLY PERCEIVED...

    • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Lynn 

      7 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Well said, dallaswriter!Thanks!

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      dallaswriter 

      7 years ago from North Carolina

      There are times my hand wants to write but my heart won't.... my advise to you? Just wait on your heart.... It will come and then it will be hard to shut it off:)

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      Joseph De Cross 

      7 years ago from New York

      THANKSS!....WILL KEEP YOU POSTED...! BACK TO WORK

    • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Lynn 

      7 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Aw, lord...Spanish AND French! muy, tres bien! I've been enjoying hubpages. Nice community of writers. Just caught your comment about Irene. Be safe!! Going to follow you, read some of your hubs, and pray for your safety!

    • Lord De Cross profile image

      Joseph De Cross 

      7 years ago from New York

      Tres bien! Mon ami Victoria. Having fun hubbing with our clan. Hubpages is a family and it's been proved from time to time.

    • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Lynn 

      7 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Lord..."Creo que hice un poema." Me gusta! Very clever--and that's how it works sometimes.

      Don't be sorry, venzkhvam. I like and appreciate your comments!

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      VENZKHVAM 

      7 years ago from Milk way galaxy, trying to find a more adventurous place in another galaxy with my great followers

      VICTORIA,

      To be frank it was a cute and innocent attempt and the outcome was really pleasing.And image you had put up is really delivering the meaning of your poem.

      I had voted it beautiful even though the second one was a little prose/poem may be I am wrong.Sorry for being frank.

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      Joseph De Cross 

      7 years ago from New York

      You are very welcome Victoria, We all have our ups and downs....until inspiration comes around..Lol! Oops! Irene will visit me tonite.

    • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Lynn 

      7 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Hmmmmm....Darknlovely...not quite sure how to respond, except that surely all writers have writer's block or feel stifled at some time or another. Those were a couple of examples of that. Still, thanks for reading and commenting....

      Lord de cross...Yes, it does happen, doesn't it? Sometimes a break from it does help, coming back to it later....Sometimes the words flow more easily than at other times, that's for sure. I appreciate your comments.

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      Joseph De Cross 

      7 years ago from New York

      Nice...same thing happens to me at times..and I just take a little break and come back and keep on going and finishing in due time... and paying no mind to some words..left behind. Creo que hice un poema?Lol

      Lord

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      Annie 

      7 years ago from NewYork

      I must gave you an B+ for effort

      Poetry come naturally, we all are poets within

      it just to write down your thoughts on paper,

      so keep on trying.

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