Surviving ‘Writer’s Block’

For a poet, there are many sources of inspiration but we all occasionally hit that awful wall we know as the black hole of ‘writer’s block’ Here I am suggesting a few ways to get over that hump and to keep writing.

There are many sources of inspiration for writing poetry. It can be something as simple as an encounter during your day to day routine, or it can be a specific feeling or emotion. If you are looking for inspiration then try a few of these suggestions.

A Photograph: The saying of “A picture is worth 1000 words” always holds true for being inspired to write by looking at pictures. Pictures can do many things – they can invoke a certain feeling or mood. They can often tell a story. Sometimes just a simple description can be considered poetic in of itself. Either pull out some of your own photos, or take some time to browse photo galleries such as Flickr or Morguefile and you’ll be amazed at what you’ll be wanting to write

An Experience: Your own experiences may not seem as if they would mean a lot, but they often can help inspire others through your own actions and situations. Whether it’s about how you poured your morning coffee or the thrill you felt when riding a roller coaster, your experiences can inspire others.

A Place: Places are where things happen. Any place can be a source of inspiration – be it your favorite relaxation zone of peaceful nature or the busy sidewalks of a large metropolitan city. Capturing the sights and the sounds of a place can also be another great source of inspiration.

A Free Write: Get a Timer, and make yourself write without stopping for 5 minutes. You might not produce anything significant or groundbreaking, but you’ll be surprised at how this very simple exercise can inspire you to create more and give you many different ideas for things to write about and share.

Reading: Sometimes seeing other words can make you gather your own thoughts and begin forming new related ideas with your own words. Whether you read a book, a magazine, a blog, the newspaper, or even a road sign, there’s plenty of things that can help you feel inspired to write something. Many popular songs, books, movies, and more have come from the development of an idea by reading the works of another.

An Object: There are objects all around us. Chances are you are sitting or standing on one right now as you are reading this article! Choose any object, or several objects, and write about them. You can be descriptive, or you can be elusive – it’s all up to you.

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