I've spent a great deal of time on the phone lately. Thank god for unlimited calling.
I'm in the process of restoring my poetry to visible again. more than 600 pieces.
I've been told several times by people that they cannot write poetry. I have spoken with them, set a few exercises, and found that they all know how, and even after seeing proof they can write, they still insist they cannot; that they don't know how to come up with what words.
well, people; that isn't actually writing. That is creating content. it is creative self-expression.
Deviant Art literature has access to someone who used to be a journalist; xlntwtch. She knows content as "5 W's". who what where when why. I personally use these, but add one other sometimes; How.
These are the only tools anyone will ever have to use to create content. Some of us (like xlntwtch) have just spent a large chunk of their life practicing, is all.
As I said, I'm restoring my gallery, and will end up with more than 600 pieces here. I have hundreds more, though. I spent years doing a writing prompt. The same one; over and over. The prompt was "sitting" - both the word and the action. Any time I was in one place for "long enough", seated; I had to write a poem. it started with the line "sitting". and I had to write what was significant in that moment to me, and explain who, what, why, where, when, and how. sometimes, I'd skip a few irrelevant questions. other times, I would only use one, but in great detail.
and I did this exercise for 3 or 4 years. constantly. I still have a milk crate of notebooks that are mostly these exercises.
prompted writing is where creative self-expression becomes automatic; a habit. answering a few questions; THE questions. over and over and over. It doesn't much matter if you include How or not, I suppose; it will make explaining "why" easier sometimes. In conversation, after xlntwtch claimed she used just 5 W's, she explained that in a section of a story she was explaining "How" about something - and she didn't even realize she had said it.
But maybe it's easier to remember that way. And every time you write, you have to remember them. Maybe filling notebooks with hundreds of works all using the same prompt is your way. Maybe you should become a journalist. It's not for me to say. But first, you have to know how to write. And most people do. But then you have to practice. And if you write right, as your voice develops, you begin to do more difficult things - if you write right, it never gets easy.
oh, and what's his name, the bratty little kid having a temper tantrum in the white house, needs a good spanking. Any volunteers?
Listening to: the telephone
Reading: the tiny screen on my cell phone
Watching: xlntwtch squirm over the question "how"
Playing: the good songs on repeat
Eating: low carbohydrate
Drinking: artificial lemonade