Breaking Writer’s Block

What inspires a poet to write? And why do some poets throw up their arms and say, "That's it. I'm dry. No more ideas. All written out!" when such sentiments are logically impossible? Inspiration and ideas hew closely to mood. Thus, a lack of ideas or inspiration is often the writer's way of not admitting … Continue reading Breaking Writer’s Block

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If Every Word Is Suspect, Your Writing Will Be Arresting

Here's something I learned from the late Polish poet Wislawa Szymborska: If every word is suspect, your writing will be arresting. What does this mean? It means writing--especially poetry writing--cannot always be a prisoner of denotation. Of course, specific language serves the creative writer's purposes for imagery, but there has to be more: not only … Continue reading If Every Word Is Suspect, Your Writing Will Be Arresting