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LivDiane said:I always write as if it just hit me like a brick wall. Like the urge is just under your skin and you have to get it out as soon as possible. I was just discussing with my one and only friend on here (haha) that I can't just say, "Oh I'll write something." Because it feels so forced. Like the homework you forgot you had and you have to turn it in in five minutes? I never feel like it's my best unless I'm bursting at the seems to get it off my chest. My question is... what makes you want to write? What do you do to pull it out of yourself? How can I write when I would like to write and not feel like I'm forcing something just to get a C-?

Were you ever forced to play in the sandbox or with a doll?

No, you did those things because you likewise wanted to.

Treat writing as play. See where it leads. If you truly enjoy writing, then the process itself should hold your attention no differently than constructing a building out of blocks or playing cards. You are just using words instead.

Also, try imagining you are someone else who has plenty to write about.


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JohnnyBlaze said:

Were you ever forced to play in the sandbox or with a doll?

No, you did those things because you likewise wanted to.

Treat writing as play. See where it leads. If you truly enjoy writing, then the process itself should hold your attention no differently than constructing a building out of blocks or playing cards. You are just using words instead.

Also, try imagining you are someone else who has plenty to write about.



Poetry is my autistic obsession behind listening to music. What I spill is often raw off the cuff with less finesse than most here, but Iíve accepted I wonít be everyoneís favourite read, what I used to discard I now throw in the Overflow thread

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AspergerPoet56 said:

Poetry is my autistic obsession behind listening to music. What I spill is often raw off the cuff with less finesse than most here, but Iíve accepted I wonít be everyoneís favourite read, what I used to discard I now throw in the Overflow thread


Discard? Good heavens! Save everything. It can always be revised.

I think people tend to overlook the opportunity to play with their older writes during their production lulls.


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I agree wholeheartedly. Never throw anything away. Rewriting is okay. It would be amazing if we could produce great poems the first time pen hits paper, but the reality is we won't do that.

A fun exercise you can try is to take poems you don't like, cut them up, and rearrange them. Even mix in other poems too. You never know what you will get.

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I haven't had time recently, but I take all these little snippets that come to mind that don't turn into anything right away and save them on a GoogleDoc. Then from time to time I go back and see if anything talks to me. I'll cut and paste and rearrange and see what comes of anything.

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One of the things Creative Writing classes always teach is "write every day"...but you're right, that's not always practical and/or sometimes the inspiration may not be there.  Imagination can't be forced (at least I haven't been able to force it).  :-)  Perhaps RE-writing something may help?  The other thing that may help (or at least it helped me) is that  "a good writer reads."  Reading a favorite author (or someone who writes in the same genre) may inspire you.  It might help to "be a camera" and write a thought about something that catches your attention...a phrase or two may be a jump-off point for another piece, another day.  

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I totally forgot about this thread! Thanks for all the input, guys :D

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Speaking from personal experience/perspective.I feel like writing is just one of those spontaneous things. Can be risky to force it because you chance the fact that it may even sound as so.. there could also be times where you just have pieces like a line or 3 or a theme/scheme.do you "bank" it or let it fade away..sometimes itll come together with time..literally it just took me a cup of Earl Grey tea and reflection 11:30pm a couple days ago to come out of a writers block, it gets that strange at times. Influences can be everywhere,just which is the trigger ya know (weed used to be my catalyst lol). Dont be afraid to just write incoherently to later clean it up for use as well.=]

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LivDiane said:I always write as if it just hit me like a brick wall. Like the urge is just under your skin and you have to get it out as soon as possible. I was just discussing with my one and only friend on here (haha) that I can't just say, "Oh I'll write something." Because it feels so forced. Like the homework you forgot you had and you have to turn it in in five minutes? I never feel like it's my best unless I'm bursting at the seems to get it off my chest. My question is... what makes you want to write? What do you do to pull it out of yourself? How can I write when I would like to write and not feel like I'm forcing something just to get a C-?

My war pen moves me most. I found a cause my heart can cry for. To do it to keep from laying down and not getting up again.

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AspergerPoet56 said:

Poetry is my autistic obsession behind listening to music. What I spill is often raw off the cuff with less finesse than most here, but Iíve accepted I wonít be everyoneís favourite read, what I used to discard I now throw in the Overflow thread


Pain comes out easily through writing
I love the rawest stuff
the best

Is there a better stim
In all the world?

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For me it usually takes getting close to a mental breakdown before I can get the words out right. I internalize and over analyze everything. So generally once I'm on the brink of a meltdown everything seems to wanna come out all at the same time and I'm able to write a lot for a short period of time. I'm not sure if it's exactly healthy but it's what works for me.

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Just would like to remind everyone about this thread: You can do it, if you put your back into it. Fingers and a brain help too.
Be all you can be, and write to get the poonanny.


I know. Itís not funny.
Thatís why they call me special needs Ricky.

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You know what I've noticed.  The odd years are my most my active years.  I have folders and I see what I labeled into 2001 - 2005, 2006-2007, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019, 2020, and 2021.  So I do have some even years but majority of the awesome occurs in the odds?  I hope you've found your spark.

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MediocrePoet said:I agree wholeheartedly. Never throw anything away. Rewriting is okay. It would be amazing if we could produce great poems the first time pen hits paper, but the reality is we won't do that.

A fun exercise you can try is to take poems you don't like, cut them up, and rearrange them. Even mix in other poems too. You never know what you will get.


Great respect to you...

Just using your statements to comment...

I NEVER rewrite...first time out , that is it...

Because THAT is ME...

Anything else , would be me , doubting me...

If my poem is not great , that is me f**king me...

And I do my best not to do that...

I do not believe in rewriting...

Write , then stand by your WORDS !

That is my feeling...

P.S. The only time you will see a correction ,
is if I have misspelled something...

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