I’m saving some poetry today, and not posting an actual poem. It seems better to give my readers some time to absorb my other poems and let them affect them however they choose.
However, as the title suggests, I will leave you with something.
I get asked, a lot, what my inspiration is and how I come to write poetry.
I’ve always struggled to kind of put it into words, and to explain my actual writing process.
Here it goes…
I’ve been writing since I was about 14 years old, a bespectacled, skinny teenager who just liked to read. I started writing my own fan-fiction type stories based around me and my friends in the universe of different fictional TV shows.
When I was 16 I started being taught A Level English Literature by one of my favourite teachers ever. It was during these lessons that I learned to think outside of the box, where I really evolved into thinking deeper and reading more into things. It was also during these lessons that I started properly reading and analysing poetry.
Some of the first poets to influence me massively were John Donne and Alfred Lord Tennyson. It was after reading these that I would experiment with writing poetry. Yes I still have my first poem. Someday it will appear on here.
During this time I was also hugely influenced by music. I would buy CD’s and read their lyrics countless number of times. I would sing along and also write my own lyrics.
This helped my write poems too.
When I was 18 I had a choice to make, do I study Geography at University or do I study Creative Writing and English. I chose the latter, and this massively improved my poetic evolution. It fast-forwarded it from an awkward music loving (emo) teenager to a young adult who was burgeoning with ideas for poems. Writing soon became my major at university. From there I was inspired by the people on my course, the different walks of life they came from, the different experiences they had and the new styles of writing that they brought to the table. This led to me self-publishing my own book of poems whilst on the course and sharing my collection with everyone who has inspired me or helped me on my journey. (I believe they still have their copies as well)
Throughout all this time, I have been inspired by the everyday things, my friends and people I meet, my own experiences be they good or bad, and also the usual themes that poets deal with. Some of these have influenced me more so than others, and I am extremely grateful for that. (They should know who they are)
I can surely say, that without all these influences and all the I spent developing my writing, I wouldn’t be half the poet I am today.
Now, my writing process. Its usually comes down a line or two, or even a title. From there I just write the poem around it. This can sometimes take a couple of minutes, or it will take a couple of days. There is no real formula as most of my poems are free verse and I believe that writing poetry should just be from the mind and with no boundaries.
So there you have it, a little insight into how I work and what inspires me. I hope you have enjoyed reading this and if you feel inspired by any of my poems, please let me know.