Inspiration Tips #2

I can’t believe it’s so long since my last Inspiration Tips post! Here are some more, anyway…

Grab a book at random - no careful choosing! - turn to a random page and then focus on a random line. Write down that line (or the most coherent part of it) and use it as the first line of a poem. Don’t think about it too much - just use your first line as a starting point, and then write. Keep writing without trying to “shape” your poem too much. Just let ideas fall onto the page… save the editing for later. You might not create your greatest masterpiece… but you’ll probably create something a bit different to your usual, and that’s always a good thing!

Go to the library. Not necessarily to write… libraries are great places for all kinds of creative activity. Wander around until you spot a title that intrigues you, and check it out. Grab a heap of poetry books and work your way through them. Look for notes in the margins of textbooks (they’re surprisingly easy to find), and write a poem about the person who might have scribbled them there. And when you get bored… go find another section to look at. Take out a book of maps or tattoo designs, something you wouldn’t normally read. Peoplewatch.

Check out the Visual Poetry group on Flickr.

Read the thesaurus. Well, OK, not cover-to-cover or anything. Just flick through, stop every so often at a random page and see what’s there. Note the connections between words and the connotations that run through your head as you read them. It sounds weird, but try it… and keep your notebook handy. It’s the word-geek equivalent of clicking onto Wikipedia and hitting “random post.” Try it!

Generate ten metaphors or similies using The Halfbaked Metaphor/Similie Generator! List them, then fill in the gaps. Do you have a really weird and wonderful poem in front of you?? Probably!

(Photo by Beth retro)

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