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I’m not a big believer in writer’s block. Most of my motivation issues are fueled by reviser’s block.
When running, I seem to do much better after a warm up and some stretching. I write like I run. Sometimes the warm up is a list of observations. Sometimes I try to answer an unanswerable question. Sometimes I write mediocre pantoums before switching to free verse.
Here’s one of my favorite warm up prompts :
- Create a stockpile of words. Cull the good stuff from magazines, the newspaper, or any other print media. I cut out words and throw them in an old pencil tin. My public libraries sells old magazines for 25 cents.
- Invade your stockpile of words. Start by selecting three words at random.
- Toss the words over your page. Paste them where they land.
- Create a poem by writing around your words.
How do you prepare for writing and revising?