Inspiration for writing
I never write unless I am inspired. If I write when I’m not inspired the words feel forced into being as if I were talking just to be heard. They carry little emotion to touch the soul or to inspire the mind. Unlike some other poets my poetry is not just ode to my love, a flower or tree. I drift in subject matter, length and style.
I have read poetry books where every poem is the same. Even famous poets have written poetry that can be sung to the same tune throughout the entire book. They sing with the same rhyme, number of paragraphs and tune as if the writer can find none other to sing or write. And after a while all that the reader reads is the same song over and over until they can endure no more and close the book.
When I read or write I like to find something new with each turn of the page. Like the dawning of a new day a new feeling, song or inspiration. The words forming a tapestry in the mind with each stroke of the pen upon the page and a new tapestry with each page turned. Alive and vibrant with a life in words they sing as songbirds in the morning, touching all that hear their melody of emotions in the dawn.
This is poetry, drawing you in as if the words are your lover’s arms. Caressing and kissing you in their touch as each emotion becomes a part of you. Every word is a step towards your heart, each paragraph the touching of minds and each poem a part of your soul.
At first it may appear simple to get started to write a poem or a story in truth it isn’t. I read every thing I come across. Autopsy reports, Inquests reports, witness statements, news articles, I have even read encyclopaedia sets. First it expands your vocabulary and your knowledge of history; witch is very valuable it also provides inspiration.
One inspiration my experiences have given me is, " Justice is not justice with out mercy. And mercy is not mercy without justice, for without justice no mater how merciful a punishment it is cruel and unjust punishment to an innocent man." Several innocent men whom spent ten and more years in prison for crimes they not only didn’t commit, in two cases the crime never happen inspired "Justice."
Inspiration can be found in the most unlikely places, a buss, and parks or while fishing on a lake. I have taken to carrying a tape recorder so that when a thought strikes me I can record it and visit it at a later time when I have the time to work on it. I have at times put several different thoughts recorded at different times to make one piece. Don’t be afraid to work a piece, or to just walk away from it and then to come back to it at a later date. Don’t just look at things see them, when you read create an image of what you read in your mind. When you write create an image with your words the clearer the image in your mind the clearer the image in a readers minds. Most importantly don’t write above the ability of your readerships ability to comprehend. If your readers cannot understand what you have written, your writing is lost on them and will not inspire.
Getting started; keep it simple, make notes, visualise, work the piece and rework the piece. If you get stuck take a break and come back to it later with a fresh mind. Read everything and most of all live and experience life the greatest inspiration of all.
Josehf Lloyd Murchison