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sherlock
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nottingham
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Posted - 08/01/2017 :  15:53:22  Show Profile Send sherlock a Private Message  Reply with Quote
How do you write your poems/stories? Whenever I sit down to write THE POEM I always end up with a blank piece of paper or one filled with doodles. It seems I can only write "off the cuff" or from some phrase/remark I hear.
I would be interested to hear how other poets and writers go about composing and how they feel about the results. Regards Don

Rob Carson
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carlisle
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Posted - 09/01/2017 :  12:26:10  Show Profile Send Rob Carson a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I shall put my thinking cap on for this and post a reply shortly Good wishes, as ever...
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janhedger
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Posted - 09/01/2017 :  14:43:32  Show Profile  Visit janhedger's Homepage  Send janhedger an AOL message Send janhedger a Private Message  Reply with Quote
A good topic to kick start 2017 Coffee Shop! Thanks Don. When I have committed my thoughts to your question to that blank piece of paper ....

I will be back.

Jan

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Rob Carson
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carlisle
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Posted - 11/01/2017 :  17:48:13  Show Profile Send Rob Carson a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Have just written a comprehensive account of what I do to have it disappear before my eyes on the last sentence. Here goes again. Rather like you, Don, it's usually a sentence I hear on the radio, something I read or, more occasionally, an idea which just presents itself from nowhere in particular. Think it's important to have pen and paper handy early in the morning, or last thing at night, as I can compose one in my mind then lazily turn over in bed to awaken with my mind blank and my brilliant composition gone. Find myself searching for a pen that actually works some times while trying to remember the lines. Recently read of a fire at a castle where a friend of mine was a gardener. The fire destroyed the roof of Naworth Castle, Brampton, but the ivy courtyard walls, and climbing jasmine were untouched. Viscount Morpeth had written a poem dedicated to the jasmine, so its survival seemed almost miraculous. That is a story which would have me finding out more about jasmine, if there were any myths attached to the flower, and my mind would try and weave a poem around that. Phone is ringing will conclude later....
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Rob Carson
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carlisle
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Posted - 11/01/2017 :  18:31:05  Show Profile Send Rob Carson a Private Message  Reply with Quote
'Borrowing from the tradition,' is a description I heard about Robbie Burns whose genius, some believe, was to take others' earlier work and improve on it till almost became his own, as well as the genius of his own original compositions. Artists often learn their technique by copying earlier artists' work to help them as they find their own unique signature. A sentence of another's poem can trigger of an idea for one of my own too. Don't studiously do this but I think it would be a good way to begin and to learn good composition...
Other than that I often go over earlier poems that didn't work and try to make them viable. Always a pleasure when you rediscover one and think it reads pretty well...
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