The New Year approaches and some have probably set their goals to write more, to get published, to step outside of their bubble and finally share their creations with the world; all admirable goals. Some will start writing and can’t stop. Some will write until their minds are empty. Others will hit stumbling blocks, maybe even get frustrated and quit. I cringe at the latter because there is always something to write about.
In these hard economic times, where people are becoming more and more selfish; instead of getting too frustrated, depressed, or extending a negative attitude to rude people – put those intense emotions on paper. Just free write or turn it into something poetic and you will find that it can also be great therapy. If you find yourself in a place where you see the strangest of things or people, write a humorous or mysterious poem about your observations. If something in nature you never noticed before captures your eye, give a description or write about how it made you feel in that very moment. Use your surroundings and your everyday schedule to find material to write.
Many social media and blog sites have writing prompts every day. Scour some pages or use the hashtag #writingprompt to find them. Some will even have writing challenges for a particular month that many will participate in, and some sites may even share your work. Take advantage of these opportunities to get your poetry seen.
Get prepared for National Poetry Month in April. I had three of my poems featured on Good Magazine and Maria Shriver’s blog last year by using their special hashtags on twitter when I posted my poems. Many other sites are looking for artists to promote Poetry Month, so keep a handful of poems to post every day and pay attention to the hashtags everyone else is using.
If words are not stimulating your mind, picture prompts are another alternative. Some sites use this to motivate as well. If you can’t find a prompt, use Google to find a theme or subject you want to write about. You can search by type: photo, drawing, painting, color or black and white. If nothing on the Internet appeals to you, browse some of your own photos or photos from a friends page for some inspiration.
Try writing a poem from this photo I took at the zoo and leave it in the comments. I just happened to capture this shot while the tiger was playing with another one, and resting for a moment. Do his eyes tell a story? What is he feeling after that playful romp? You could even write from the perspective of the tiger as he sees me with the camera. Have fun with it!
And keep finding other ways to stay motivated to write in 2016!
Written By: Donna J. Sanders
• Donna J. Sanders, author of Ataraxia, This is my Therapy, and Emotions in Barbed Wire was born in the Caribbean island of Trinidad and relocated to the United States in her teenage years. She has a MA in English Literature from Mercy College, and a BA in the same field from NYIT. View Donna’s work at: www.ctupublishinggroup.com/donna-j.-sanders.html
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