Insight on how I choose a topic for the day, or rather, how a topic chooses me.
1. Take Notes. I keep a notepad on me at all times, and jot down thoughts (simple or complex) throughout the day. I basically take notes on anything that I may want to revisit later in the day.
2. Free Write. Once I have a handful of thoughts, I start stringing together ideas by writing out phrases or sentences that embody the concepts I want to portray. I usually end up starting three or four different poems that I may want to build off of later.
3. Connect the Dots. Most of the poem-writing occurs at the end of the day (only a couple of times have I hashed out a poem while it was still daylight). I give myself at least an hour every night to really play around with the phrases that litter my notepad. I expand upon each of the poems before zooming in on the one the I feel is the most honest and representative of me.
4. Consolidate. I narrow the poem down, add some, edit, and refine just a bit. I write each poem as if I am saying it out loud, and send it (or in this case, post it on this here blog). I sometimes miss fixing typos/other errors, but I love raw poetry that isn’t perfect. I never feel that my pieces are truly finished, as I find myself changing poems around when I perform them out loud. Sometimes I will read them out loud, just to establish my personal flow, as each poem has a particular cadence.