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    Leon Fleming
    @w-o-holmes

    How do you write your poetry? Do you get some inkling of an inspiration like one or two lines that sound amazing then write them down? When you write poetry, do you always do it with a purpose or sometimes just let your mind wander? This is usually how I write my poetry and sometimes I have to completely revise them so that they actually have SOME merit and meaning. Anyway, I’ll get one or two lines then it all flows onto the page. Sometimes I write something and have no idea what it means. Then I get to create its meaning, which is interesting because it’s like I’m dissecting my own poetry. What I mean here is how do you begin and end your poems and by what process if any?

    #95860
    Evelyn
    @evelyn

    @w-o-holmes I often find poetry comes to me in a phrase or line and they are often spontaneous or stemming from a quiet little time of just thinking. If I sit down and think “I want to write a poem on _____” it most often doesn’t turn out super well. Though maybe it depends on the kind of poetry. Lately my poetry has been coming out of a book I’m reading and the exercises and thought-prodding within it. (:

    #95880
    Leon Fleming
    @w-o-holmes

    Interesting. Yes, it is a factor that all poets have their own process when writing their poetry. I would describe the writing of my poetry to be something like this: The string is my word which I thread through the liquids of my emotion. Some of my poetry doesn’t exactly have a moral to it, and I don’t always portray morals within them. They are more the wanderings of my mind either on particular subjects or none in particular at all. The latter would then have to be revised to fit a recognized idea or goal. Though this is the way I usually traverse the lands of poetry, through my next poems, I am going to attempt to add more meaning while still keeping that slow, rhythmic, steady flow.

    I see the way you’re coming at it and in some ways it parallels my own procedure. The thoughts are spontaneous and thick with rich substance. (That is, most of the time with mine.) Sometimes, though, all I end up doing is writing it down somewhere on one of my note papers and it gets folded up and thrown in some vacant spot where I may happen upon it later.

    One other thought; are you ever in those peculiar circumstances when you have a great thought or idea of something or finally figure out some piece that you’ve been thinking and pondering about for some time, but you have no implement to write it down with and no article to be written upon? And then you have to keep muttering it over and over again until you finally get the chance to write it down? -This happens with me a lot when I’m right in the middle of a shower. Very annoying, I might add.- Sometimes I start to think of things having to do with writing when in one of these places and I’ll tell myself to knock-it-off and stop thinking.

    #96612

    @w-o-holmes I usually have a burst of inspiration where something I hear/read/see becomes a line of poetry or general theme for a poem. My best ideas come right before I drift off to sleep and right before I wake up.

    I let my mind wander as much as possible within the poem, then edit out whatever I don’t like. My philosophy is if it never got on the page, you never know if it would have worked.

    After getting whatever my brain has come up with onto the page, I leave the poem for a day, then come back and edit. I repeat the process until I am satisfied. (Usually 5-10 drafts??)

    Spreading God's love until I can see seven billion smiles. 🙂 https://sevenbillionsmiles.home.blog

    #96630
    Leon Fleming
    @w-o-holmes

    @emma-starr

    Cool! That sounds like a great process! I don’t usually do 5-10 drafts but that’s a great idea. It would help to polish it all up. That is, if it wasn’t already polished. And I could add.

    I totally know what you mean! I let my mind wander and sometimes it scares me. Like how I got from mud to peacocks.

    #96636
    Jenna Terese
    @jenwriter17

    I usually just get a smidgen of inspiration, it might just be a feeling, and I pour it out in freestyle form. 🙂

    "If you want to change the world, pick up your pen and write." -Martin Luther
    www.jennaterese.com

    #96638
    Leon Fleming
    @w-o-holmes

    @jenwriter17

    Nice, you write a lot of poetry?

    #96717
    Jenna Terese
    @jenwriter17

    @w-o-holmes

    Well, kind of. I mean, just a little. 😉 I wouldn’t call myself a poetry writer, but I will write a poem if the inspiration strikes. What poetry form do you like to use?

    "If you want to change the world, pick up your pen and write." -Martin Luther
    www.jennaterese.com

    #96723
    Leon Fleming
    @w-o-holmes

    @jenwriter17

    Cool ( 🙂 )

    Anything that suits the moment, I guess. Right now I’m getting into more of a free-verse but also lyric (not the song lyric)

    #96731
    Jenna Terese
    @jenwriter17

    @w-o-holmes

    Cool! 🙂

    "If you want to change the world, pick up your pen and write." -Martin Luther
    www.jennaterese.com

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