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2writeis2be
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0 posted 01-17-2004 04:38 PM       View Profile for 2writeis2be   Email 2writeis2be   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for 2writeis2be

I'm posting this b/c I feel frustrated. I have written many a poem in my time, but somehow the surge of ideas and the urge to write has dissipated. I still enjoy reading others work, but just can't come up with stuff like I used to. Has this happened to any of you, where you had a good run for awhile and then all of a sudden, you can't think of what to jot down? Some people have told me they've had years where they didn't want/have anything to write. Would like to hear about some of your experiences so I don't feel so bad for myself..haha. It is really annoying me--I just wanna get back into the swing of things and add more poems to my collection!
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1 posted 01-17-2004 06:03 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

I just recently went for 2 years without writing a syllable and then a couple of weeks ago I wrote one. Don't feel anymore coming on. It can be frustrating when you want to write and the well is dry.

My advice? Don't worry about it. Just live life. When it happens, it happens.

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2 posted 01-17-2004 07:34 PM       View Profile for Nightshade   Email Nightshade   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nightshade's Home Page   View IP for Nightshade

I hear ya !!  I have little bits and pieces come to me. If I don't write them down right away.....they're gone. But, lately, even when I do write them down, I look and look and study the words....and think.....WHAT WAS I THINKGING???!!!
  You cananot force art no matter what form it is. That I know for sure. Sit still, in the quiet and ask your muse to please help you. Sometimes the little rascals are just playing around somewhere. LOL. Take care, Chris/Nightshade
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3 posted 01-17-2004 08:00 PM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine


Dry spells are good.  It's that time when your muse is telling you to be more observant, listen with that inner ear, mentally be aware of all that is around you that you previously didn't see when the muse was taking over your hand.

It's a good thing.

It's a gathering phase.
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4 posted 01-17-2004 11:26 PM       View Profile for Ringo   Email Ringo   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Ringo

Lisa- The dry spells have happened to ALL of us at one point or another. I would have to agree with Sunshine and tell you that the "block" is very simply your mind telling you that you are not ready to write... take some time to smell whatever it is you wish to smell, and absorb influences from everything around you. Don't force the issue.. unless you write for a living, take your time. You will know when it is time to write again.

Cause in my dreams it's always there
The evil face that twists my mind
And brings me to despair.

2writeis2be
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5 posted 01-18-2004 02:29 PM       View Profile for 2writeis2be   Email 2writeis2be   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for 2writeis2be

Yes, you're all right..but it's still damn frustrating...lol. Helps to know we all suffer from it at one time or another. Suppose I'll just have to be patient and wait for some ideas to show themselves. But being a totally impatient person, this is hard.

"Why don't you try and learn from my mistakes? It takes half a lifetime to learn from your own."

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6 posted 01-18-2004 03:05 PM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

LOL...the minute you get about 10 miles from your pen, the ideas will start flowing.  Trust me!
2writeis2be
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7 posted 01-21-2004 02:48 PM       View Profile for 2writeis2be   Email 2writeis2be   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for 2writeis2be

well i've been away from my pen for awhile now and nothing's happening. Darnit!!! The hand is willing to write, shame the brain isn't willing to think  

[This message has been edited by Ron (01-21-2004 08:34 PM).]

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8 posted 01-21-2004 02:50 PM       View Profile for Cpat Hair   Email Cpat Hair   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Cpat Hair

I would suggest... that the eyes be employed to not just look, but to learn to see..

it is amazing what we miss when we do not look
2writeis2be
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9 posted 01-21-2004 03:07 PM       View Profile for 2writeis2be   Email 2writeis2be   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for 2writeis2be

But I do look, do see...do all of that. And for a long time my writing flourished. My dad, also a writer, has had years of on and off composition. But me being impatient and wanting what I want now, I don't like this lingering limbo

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10 posted 01-21-2004 07:28 PM       View Profile for Ringo   Email Ringo   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Ringo

Lisa... When I first started here, I was averaging a new scribble every other day. Now,I haev written maybe 5 in the past two months, I would guess... Worrying about it has caused my brains to congeal even worse than they were before. What I have decided to do is to not even think about writing, really... I still read the ones on here, and I inadvertantly learn from them... and I continue to read novels, and listen to music, and play with my kids, and I ahve even begun to take time to sit on the porch and watch the world shivver past. I don't know if it's gonna work, or not, however, I fully invite you to join me on the porch, to see if it might pay off.

Cause in my dreams it's always there
The evil face that twists my mind
And brings me to despair.

2writeis2be
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11 posted 01-22-2004 05:56 PM       View Profile for 2writeis2be   Email 2writeis2be   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for 2writeis2be

"I don't know if it's gonna work, or not, however, I fully invite you to join me on the porch, to see if it might pay off."

Ringo, guess I'll have ta try sitting on the porch then aye(?), though I'm 23 and have been watching the world shiver by for awhile now already.

Here's a memory that often bugs me and I've often put it down to why my writing took a wrong turn:
When I was in highschool, I took a creative writing course and to be quite honest, I never wrote poetry as well after taking that class. In fact, it put me off writing so much that I skipped most of the classes and my teacher--only because he thought I had talent--talked the higher ups into not failing me for the semester. Before taking that class, I enjoyed writing and things came to mind quickly and without effort. But I'd have thought I would have thrived from that class because they all loved my work, specially the teacher--everyone said they feared reading their poem after I'd read mine because they then wouldn't meet expectations. Anyway, whether it's just a stage that passes, or I've nothing to write about I don't know. All I know is, before that class in highschool I wrote like crazy. And for years now, afterwards, I write a few poems a year. Something's gotta give for why that happened! Who knows. I know one can't force themselves to write and it comes when it comes, but I want it to come like it used to before it left!  
GG
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12 posted 01-22-2004 10:36 PM       View Profile for GG   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for GG

it comes and goes, usually with no apparent reasons. Then when I want it the most, always seems to be when it skips me and takes a vacation.
And then when I want to focus on something is when it's there and active, buzzing my brain with words and rhymes, tunes and tones.

It just takes patience, always be ready... but cherish the moments too when it is gone. You can see things. Things that you never saw before.
   patience is a virture m'dear!

Always, Alyssa

He was a man of sorrows
...I am a girl of tears.
 
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