Writing Spiritual Poetry And More

By Jayne Rutledge

Writing is an incredibly rewarding thing, whether you do it for publication or simply as a way to unwind, meditate, and gather your thoughts. There are so many forms of writing to choose from: spiritual poetry, science fiction stories, memoir, and song lyrics are just a few of the forms to explore. It can be easy, however, to feel intimidated, or to fall into a rut where writing seems difficult. Here are a few tips for becoming and staying inspired as a writer.

1. Keep your skills sharp by writing each day. Writers differ in their opinions about how to do this. For some, the best way is to set a minimum word goal. For others, this kind of quantification feels stifling. Whether you choose to write 300 words each day, or simply choose to write a poem, make a status update, or email a friend, put some time and effort into what you are writing and make it as clear and elegant as possible.

2. Read, read, read. The more you read, the more you will feel inspired to write. Read news articles. Read novels. Read poetry. Read music reviews. Make sure to read writers whose work you enjoy and admire, and who you want to emulate. Reading will also help to spark ideas you can use in your writing.

3. Speak with other writers. Just as reading the work of others is helpful, so is talking to other writers. It will help you to feel like you are part of a community. It will also help you to accept and work through feelings of inadequacy or discouragement. All writers go through these things, and talking about it with people who understand will help.

4. Write in a journal. You do not have to write a journal entry every single day, although it's great if you do. However, even if you write in it infrequently, a journal is a great place to keep track of ideas for poems or stories, and to record your feelings and thoughts about your life. When you are stuck for writing inspiration, look through the journal and you will probably find something.

5. Refrain from being a perfectionist. If you only want to write things that start out perfect, you will never write anything at all. Silence the critic in your head, and just write. The critic can come back out to play when you are editing.

6. Share your work with someone. You might not feel comfortable doing this right away if you are a beginning writer, and that's okay. But eventually, it really helps to get another person's opinion and feedback on the work you are producing, especially if publication is your goal. Start out with someone you know and trust.

Writing is one of the most useful and rewarding skills you can possess. It is one of the primary ways that we communicate, for both artistic and practical reasons. Obviously, everyone is not going to write romance novels or spiritual poetry. But everyone does need to make themselves understood through writing at some point. Whether it is through an email to a customer service representative, a memo to your coworkers, or a message in a birthday card, you will have to write something. The more you practice, the sharper your skills will become.

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