Writing inspirational poems may require a pool of encouraging quotes and thoughts rooted from the poet itself, or sometimes you’ll just have to learn from the process itself. Sometimes this can be a challenge when your thoughts are not cooperating with your happy hormones. Your written accounts are a reflection of what your thoughts are made of. Hence, tips come with great help in stirring up the inspiring poet in you when your creative splash seems to run out.
• Be still. Stay still in your most comfortable space and just take the time to breathe in and out. Stillness helps you clear your mind from hurdles that are blocking the good thoughts to process normally. It also allows your mind to flow positive and inspiring concepts.
• Ready your writing materials. Whether it’s an electronic device or the traditional pen and paper, get them all readied in your working space. This should include your additional resources or materials that will help you achieve your target writings for the day.
• Wear the right attitude. Regardless if you’re a growing poet or an experienced one in the field, nothing beats a proper attitude when it comes to working and honing your craft. Don’t write because you want to feed your ego, insecurities, doubts, and fears. Outgrow from everything that troubles you and see the beauty of the lesson behind your weaknesses.
• Break the rules. Well, not all of them. It pays to try new things or test the waters and see what works best for you and your readers. Just let those notions flow. Profound discoveries are encountered often when you defy the norms.
• Read inspiring materials. Learn profound pearls of wisdom or insights from motivational people, books, and any materials, even from the smallest things. The very important factor in inspirational poetry is creating a concrete foundation of encouragement from yourself, and this can be acquired from the environment you live, the people you hang with and how you adapt to it.
• Write a list of things that lift your mood. This can be places, a person, a story, or a memorable experience that reminds you of something profound or precious.
• Don’t be afraid to fail. Just like your weaknesses, failures in any way can be traps to get you stumbling with your journey or an approach for you to learn from it and get better. From the experience and learning alone, there’s motivation and inspiration rooted in it.
• Don’t be too hard on yourself. Keep writing but don’t burden yourself too much if you’re not an effective inspirational person. Not yet, everything goes through a process. You don’t have to rush your learning process. Keep learning and don’t give up. Learn to be an inspiration yourself.
What inspires you? Margaret Fout Goka’s The Woven Flag is a compilation of what inspires her to write and how to keep moving on with life. What’s yours?