We all know the adage, “Don’t sweat the small stuff”, right? Do you know it applies just as easily to writing and poetry as it does to the other important things in life?
For example, I hear people asking me “Where do you get your ideas from?” and the answer to that is “Everywhere!”
It might be in a snatch of conversation I overheard at the restaurant while we’re waiting in line. It might be in the three headlines from today’s paper that I linked together to form a writing prompt. Perhaps that interesting documentary I watched on Discovery last night at 2 AM sparked some poem or plot ideas. It might even be in a dramatically stormy day with lightning crashing all around me.
I mean, open your eyes and ears, folks, along with your other senses. A lingering fragrance on the breeze, the tang of Thai spices on your taste buds, the feel of your lover’s caress. Anything in your world, good or bad, can serve as inspiration.
So how do you go about capturing these things for later use?
There are things you probably have in your possession already that can do that. Your cell phone can take a photo or record a voice memo or send an email to yourself, a thin notebook in your purse or back pocket to record ideas, and a notebook, pen and flashlight on your night stand to record those flashes of ideas that come when we are least prepared. I keep a file of writing prompts from various sources on my computer. I have a folder of photographs that serve the same purpose. There are many books of writing prompts, tools like Story Spinner, and writing games that can give you a heaping serving of inspiration. Let’s not forget the classic fridge word magnets either.
So don’t worry that you won’t have any ideas. All you have to do is just open your mind and it will be filled with amazing information, without even breaking a sweat.