Every poet has to deal with those moments when they are not able to write. Are you stuck when writing poetry? We got some tips for you what to do and what not to do.
Assuming you want to write, but you can’t. This can be quite frustrating. We discussed this phenomenon known as writer’s block earlier. Now it’s time to focus on what to do and what not to do. Let’s start with the dos.
It’s really easy. Whenever you feel like you can’t write, you shouldn’t. Writing isn’t something that is like a switch. There is no way to turn the switch on or off. If only it was that easy. I remember those times when I found inspiration but wasn’t able to write. These moments happen quite often. Sometimes I am driving my children to school or I am in the shower. The best thing to do is to hold on to the inspiration and when the time is right, there is a possibility to transform these thoughts into poetry.
What if you want to, but you can’t. Not because you are not able to write, but because the words don’t seem to flow so natural as they normally do. The first thing to do is to stop. This isn’t a drastic decision. This is just a way of stepping away from that what you want to do, but can’t do. If you still feel the need to connect to poetry, there is always the possibility to read what others have written. On our website, you can find all sorts of poems. It might boost your inspiration.
One of the worst things to do is to stress out. There is no need to feel the stress unless there are deadlines involved. You should ask yourself the question – when it comes to poetry – why are there deadlines involved? Can this be avoided? Is there a way to avoid them all together? What it comes down to planning.
Not everyone will agree, that planning is an essential part of your writing process. It might seem to conflict with the freedom that is involved with writing (poetry). Planning isn’t something that writers and poets think highly of. Still, this planning is essential when it comes to your creativity. It isn’t necessarily something that holds back your creativity.
The software can be quite useful when it comes to planning. A mind map can help you outline the planning of your work. Freemind is one of the best free tools there is. Yes, the interface seems a little bit outdated, but the functionalities this free software package offers aren’t.
Find out more about Freemind at this website.
If you don’t want to rely on software, there is always the chance to use an old-fashioned pen and paper. A notebook (not the digital one), can help you with your planning.
So, what should you do when you are stuck when writing poetry? Don’t force yourself. There will come a time when you are able to write (again). If you have any doubts regarding what you have written, there is always a possibility to contact us. We can also help you with proofreading your work. Contact us for more information about the possibilities.