If you have ever desired to write a poem, felt in love with the thought of putting your own words to paper and with the act of poetry itself, and excitedly dusted off the old dictionary and books of poems, sat down with brilliant art open before you, only to delete every word you wrote, this post is for you: This is where I find myself today. Even though it feels like forgetting how to ride a bicycle, I have hope that poetry will return to me somehow amid rinsing dishes and visiting the RMV. It seems that stressful busyness can get in the way of creative writing. The longer I stray from poetry writing, the harder it is to return. Sometimes a fitting prompt is all one needs! (I say fitting because not every prompt will spark something for everyone, or will be the right one for them at that particular time.) Please share any poetry prompts or links to poetry prompts in comments, if you feel like it.
Thought of the day: I imagine that Plumpy* in his Candy Land Heaven is reveling in the poem I was so wanting to write today.
*Plumpy (removed in the 2002 version)
source: a Wikipedia article about Candy Land
P.S. I discovered this brilliant website called 750words. The idea of it is to write at least 750 words daily. (The site owner drew his inspiration from "Morning Pages" in The Artist's Way.) This simple act helps one make writing a habit and can also help in becoming less stuck. When you've reached the 750 word point for that day, an unobtrusive congratulations notification appears. You can continue to write beyond the 750 word point.
Old entries are searchable (as opposed to flipping through dozens of paper notebooks and journals for a word or phrase). There are some interesting stats to explore, such as how often you use the word "I" or which sense was used most in that entry. There are long-term stats, too.
Another feature: You can lock your entries (hopefully more secure than those flimsy diary locks) by putting a password on them.
One thing I love about the site is that it has a minimal writing mode, in which besides the date at the top and the tiny word counter at the bottom, all you see are your words in a nice clear font against the white page. That combined with my browser on full-screen makes for a distraction-free writing space. Points and awards are given as well and there's a challenge each month. I'd be curious to know if any of you sign up.
Update: Follow me on 750words.com!