what i think about?
watch this space
it a picture in my head, little things that hint at the whole picture, a small detail that pops a full story up, it is like that for me, then the words just come.
That's a very good question. I've only just started writing poems and personally before I put pen to paper, I visualise and use my senses to take a mental note of what's happening in the scene that I want to write about. I then draft my thoughts and think about how I can change words and refine what I've written -a sort of moulding and re-moulding of what I've written until I'm fairly happy with the end piece.
So for example: If I were to write about a baby coming into the world then I'd put myself in the baby's position and mentally note down all that was happening around me, and then put pen to paper and so on ...
I don't think about anything when I'm writing poems...my poems are written when I have feelings I need to express one way or another.
I get the idea of the poem, the spark, from something that happens or special feeling as and when it occurs. This swills around inside my head, sometimes for minutes, sometimes for months. Then a few lines or phrases of significant words pop out and like a pop song they won't leave my head - then I write the poem all in one go. Then I work on it for a while, then I go through it and make it into poetry instead of the initial collections of lines and phrases. Then I let it stew for a while, then I read it with fresh eyes and change the obvious mistakes and bits that are the wrong way around, then I leave it a while. When I pick it up next I, just occasionally, like it just as it is - more usually I get 'higher' inspiration from reading my own thoughts and can see how to go higher with it - and so completely re-write it keeping parts of the original and go throught e process agian, sometimes I can do this three or four times over the course of a year.
Piece of piss! just run 'em off.
The eternal now. The sense of timelessness that makes you feel connected to the grand scheme.
I usually just try to think of words that rhyme with Nantucket
Truly, it depends as I am moody in the extreme. Usually, I don't think about it but rather just start typing. Other times, a conversation, comment, dream or such inspires me to write about a certain thing or idea. In that event I try very hard not to think about it until I can start typing because I will start it in my head and forget some of the lines and it will drive me crazy trying to remember.
I don't do "big, serious" poetry, so maybe I shouldn't even answer. What I do like doing, though, is running into some title for a poem and challenging myself with what I can come up. (If I go to Helium to rate and see a poem title, I'll often just see what I can come up. So, I'm kind of "writing backwards" - from the title someone else thought up, rather than from some inspiration that sprung from within me.)
I don't have a shred of creativity in me (honest), so I don't see images or any of that stuff. For me, it's all about letting the words lead to the next words, while I'm trying to think of the effect each line will have in contributing to the feeling of the poem. I'll start with one line, and let that one lead to the next. Those two lines will usually start to make a feeling of the poem start to "gel". That helps me know where I want to go next. By the third line, where I'm going, and what feeling I'm hoping the reader will get, have become pretty clear. That's the guide for the whole rest of the poem. I do think music as I'm writing. It helps develop some kind of rhythm as the "back-drop" (even though the reader won't ever "hear" it ).
I like to think about obscurity ,sometimes , how to write a poems story by not telling the real story and by slowing down the timing of thought to words. Let the flow of words and rhyme take over.
You're all really funny! But seriously....I really get into what I am writing about, almost like a trance. I can honestly say, that I feel what I am trying to express through my Poetry. I think sometimes I get it right...and people seems to relate. Other times I'm not so sure. But one thing I know, something to write about is always dancing around in my head!
I usually only start thinking hard when I'm finished writing it or close to it. Most of the times, I don't make many changes to my poems. I either keep them more or less how I wrote them in the first place or I just delete/erase it all. There are times where I do pick up old ideas, obviously, but I usually make a mental note of them, not a written one.
- Asking myself where have I put the nearest pen and a piece of paper ? - If I am not writing at the time on the PC.
I use to think when the lines of poetry came in to my mind that I would remember them later.
I know now that if I do not write them down quickly something will distract me and I will lose the flow of thought before I capture the words; once lost they are usually gone forever.
..trying to climb my way back out of this eternal darkness!
Too much! My thoughts are usually all over the place. This is probably why i produce so little poetry.
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