I like to take different experiences and events in my life as a springboard to launch stories. I branch out from there, adding color or whiting out which I don't need for this piece. I also use jazz music to set the tempo or cadence I'm looking for.
Since I focus on the performance side of my poetry, like in music, dynamics are important. try that method out. But, you can always try other ways for traditional rhymes,or, prose,. Haiku??