I’m sorry it took me too long to answer this question. And I’m sorry it took me too long to get back to posting regularly. I’ve been pretty busy lately, with college and all, but here I am, back and ready.
1. Don’t look to other poets/writers for inspiration
Inspiration is everywhere - it’s in your lover, in your family, in your friends, even in the non-human non-living things, but it’s not in other writers. Because other writers are looking for it, too. It’s a hard gem to mine, so when we find at least the smallest amount of it we keep it to ourselves and try to make it grow in our work.
2. Don’t look for inspiration
A lot of people believe that writing is matter of sitting at a desk, typewriter or pen or computer ready, and waiting for the muse to come sweeping down from the heavens in a bright ethereal glow, carrying tons of ideas for books-to-be. That makes it sound easy - and crazy - and it’s a wrong perception of the work.
Writing is as hard work as mining coals. As carrying crates of fish and meat for stalls at a palengke. It’s a matter of writing, inspired or not, and then editing, re-writing,editing, rewriting,…
Sometimes it will come easy. Sometimes it will be as hard as pushing your brains out through your nose. But all the time it is hard work, and no hard work is done by waiting for an imaginary muse to do it for you. Write.
3. Don’t be a writer. Be writing.
This is a statement from William Faulkner. (I got it from goodreads - I don’t know if he wrote it in a novel or an essay or whatever.) And it’s pretty self-explanatory. Don’t have the time to flaunt yourself around people, telling them about how you’re a writer. That takes time off your schedule. Just write.
4. Don’t talk about your ideas with anyone unless it’s been put to paper
This is the mistake many new writers make - and believe me I’ve repeated it many times, and I still do. This is from F. Scott Fitzgerald, author of classics, most notably The Great Gatsby. When you start to talk about something, an idea or an image, you start to lose it. It doesn’t become yours anymore. It becomes everyone else’s. And once that something has drifted off, parted to other people, you will find extreme difficulty summoning them back for the actual writing. So when you’ve got an idea for a poem or a story (or a poem-story), keep it to yourself until after the drafts are finished. Then you can share them with your friends for their comments, and it can be improved on.
5. Stop reading tips and start writing
Need I explain this? You just read five tips. That amount of time you could have written at least a paragraph.