A few days ago, I decided to do what I never thought I'd do: I started writing my poetry in a personal journal.
(Yes, my journal is a DA journal.
I started writing in a journal because I felt that I was approaching my entire paradigm to writing wrongly. Before I started writing in my journal, I was compelling myself to write something
in order to say "Ha, I actually wrote something today!".
But forcing myself to write led only to writer's block and a whole lot of frustration. So I took a page from people who keep personal journals as a way to relieve themselves of stress, and decided that I will only write if and when I find inspiration to do so.
So far, I think it's working. I've managed to eke out two poems (of which one, "White Space
", I've since uploaded here to DeviantArt), and I've never felt better. I actually enjoy writing more now, and I certainly think that the journal has helped tremendously in making writing so much more enjoyable. I hope I'll get to upload more poems from this notebook over here for all of you to read.
One thing that I've learned is that writing comes to you. It's not something that you can just force yourself to do, because if you do, you become very self-conscious of your writing. Plus the experience just isn't that pleasant to begin with. The journal has certainly helped motivate me to write, and more importantly, to help me process information that I may be unable to process elsewhere except
through writing it down in a journal.
What have you done recently to make yourself write, or to fundamentally approach writing differently? I'm very interested in hearing your tips and tricks!