She set out with intention;
Thought she knew the way to go
But as she wandered clumsily
The winds of change did blow.
They took her like a feather
And she floated on their breeze
Soaring so far above the forest
She could barely see the trees.
At first, she was astounded
Just how far she went each day
But eventually she realised
She’d completely lost her way.
Lost is a short poem by English poet, Ms Moem.
How do you get past writers’ block? You know, those moments when you sit down with the intention to spill your creative mumblings out onto paper so that other people can enjoy them too, and no matter what you do, the page stays blank.
Ideas might flit in and out of your mind, or you might feel like there’s something just there on the tip of your tongue, but you physically feel like you just can’t set pen to paper, or fingers to keyboard if you are a digital writer.
Well, unfortunately, there is no magic answer that will cure it, other than to sit down, or stand up and force yourself to write anything. Literally, anything.
If you are a writer of poetry like me, just start talking either in your head, or out loud, and every single rhyming couplet that pops up, write it down. Or if rhyme isn’t your thing, any string of words will do.
In fact, if you are writing on your computer, have a special file or document simply for this purpose.
If you are still analogue, have a particular notebook that isn’t too precious for you to completely let yourself go.
And if you are stuck for creative inspiration, read something you wouldn’t normally read, or hop onto wikipedia and page surf until you find an idea that you think you can run with. It doesn’t have to be a fully fledged idea, but gather those seed of inspiration where you can!
So if you use this poem as a reading at your wedding, what better keepsake could there be, or perhaps it would make a beautiful gift to your bride or your groom before you see them on the morning of the wedding?
The image above shows it in blue as your ‘something blue’ but there is also a rainbow coloured version in my etsy shop.