Lady In White
Recently I have given myself an exercise. If nothing other than to keep my pen free-flowing. I plan to write something, every day, even if it as simple as a senryu. In other words, I give myself [ugh] homework!
I don't care if it is good, bad, silly, or pathetic. [You should see what I DON'T post]
But as Alicat said, it's not good to "force" things and while I don't look at it as "forcing" myself, but rather, a task, I have come comfortable with the days that the muse isn't working, and I dash off a note to a friend, instead.
Another trick? You know some people in here by now, Allan, whose work you admire and have a style of their own. When you look at the rock, tree, sunset, etc., do you ever find yourself imagining how this Poet or that Poet would write of it? Can you hear "their" words come into play? Yes? How would you change what "they" said into what or how you would say it or are feeling the moment?
In the meantime, pull up your socks, they're wrinkling around your ankles...