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David Blaine Male, 59, United States (12/23/2004 11:43:00 AM)

Charles Bukowski has this epitaph on his headstone: Don't Try

I think a lot of writers try as a substitute for life experience. When you are active, when you are doing things, all types of things, in your life, poetry ideas come to you. If I can't get started I go for a run or a bike ride. I always have ideas after a vacation, even if it's just a weekend away in the next town. I also surround myself with words. If I want to write a poem about a gun I'll collect word lists about guns, ammo, wars, all kinds of things relating to guns. I'll read those lists for a few days and think about them. Then I usually wake up at 2AM with a poem to write down. But it sometimes needs serious revision in the morning!

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  • dissatified exmember (2/1/2005 2:38:00 PM) Post reply | Read 1 reply

    Absolutely David. Thats exactly what I do. If the idea is there run with it then walk away. Later from a different perspective I come back and do the editing. Thats the way I write my books also.


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    • Aldo Kraas (1/27/2007 2:05:00 AM) Post reply

      When an Idea comes You have to write down or Otherwise you loose it

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