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  1. #11
    Quote Originally Posted by Robbie View Post
    When I write, hours pass like minutes. I am so fully engaged in writing that 6,7,8 hours go by without my notice. It feels like maybe twenty minutes and I look up and the day is gone. I like when it happens that way. I suppose it is a trance because I am aware of nothing else. When I have distractions or have to break up my writing time, I feel frustrated and stifled. I need to be completely alone. Am I the only one who needs solitude to write?

    If and when I am forced to be away from writing (i.e. every social situation) I feel frustrated, and get restless after a short while, because I NEED to write and NEED to be alone.... (I'm a sort of hermit). Doesn't this sound very much like an addiction???

  2. #12
    That must be nice. It’s synchrony that I need......but only when it applies to writing. Otherwise, I can chew gum and walk at the same time.
    There was never a great genius without a trace of madness. Attributed to Aristotle.

  3. #13
    I zoned out years ago. Being an artist/poet is a life style, it is part of who I am. So I'm always in the zone as two states of mind, like a metaphor in action.


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  4. #14
    Quote Originally Posted by midnightpoet View Post
    Solitude is best, but not always possible. I do "zone out," which drives my wife crazy. I used to be able to write with distractions, and was known to watch TV, listen to music (think soft classical) and read at the same time. Not any more.
    Perhaps the zoning out just drives everyone else crazy!

    [QUOTE=Darren White;2113595]I have three states of mind, while preparing to write poetry:
    1. Stage one. I am extremely alert, not only to all conversations around me, but also to random sound an noise, paintings, music, dance, everything that can bring me inspiration;
    2. Stage two is gathering the necessary means, thesaurus, encyclopedia of poetry and poetics, assorted books of assorted poets, translation material;
    3. Stage three is being there physically, but in a trance, where I exclude everything including the need to drink and eat.


    All three stages are familiar to my sister and her family, a sort of 'uh oh....', and they know they better leave me alone.
    [/QUOTE

    Yes, I also have a stage one! Sometimes ideas just flow... and I can start several different poems at once.

    As for stage 3, I graze when I'm writing...

    Quote Originally Posted by Darkkin View Post
    My headphones go in, my music goes up and I disappear into the back of my head.
    I like that... disappearing in the back of the head.


    Other times I bounce the bejesus out of my giant yoga ball to help my find the rhythm and touchpoint rhymes. There are moments when I would swear I can feel the neurons in the back of my brain igniting, (which is a total bunch of whooy since the brain has no touch receptors...). But there is a hum on a visceral level that can leave me breathless from an endorphine high. While some people resort to drugs or alcohol for a distracting rush, I write.
    I hope you don't live in an apartment. I can picture you now D, I am terrified of those balls and flatly refuse to mount one.


    Quote Originally Posted by RHPeat View Post
    I zoned out years ago. Being an artist/poet is a life style, it is part of who I am. So I'm always in the zone as two states of mind, like a metaphor in action.
    I think that is part of being a creative spirit.
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  5. #15
    You don't have to be crazy to be a writer, but it helps.

    When writing non-fiction, I prefer background noise - I guess it replaces the old office. When writing anything else, especially poetry, I disappear into my own internal theatre, playing the scene over and over, testing scripts and voices, costumes, sets, the whole production. Internal time varies with the outside world - minutes equal hours, for instance. Day, night; means nothing when I'm in my zone.

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  6. #16
    Quote Originally Posted by Cran View Post
    You don't have to be crazy to be a writer, but it helps.
    You nicked that from those notices that say 'You don't have to be crazy to work here...'. I see what you done

    But the thread has 'poet' in the title, not 'writer', you must be crazy if you're writing poetry, it's practically a definition; 'He's writing poetry'='He's lost it'. You'd have to be crazy not to understand that
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    Quote Originally Posted by Darren White View Post

    If and when I am forced to be away from writing (i.e. every social situation) I feel frustrated, and get restless after a short while, because I NEED to write and NEED to be alone.... (I'm a sort of hermit). Doesn't this sound very much like an addiction???
    Darren

    It's something a lot of artist experience; it seems that art in any form takes a lot of introspective time when in the process of creation. Cran talks about it as well in his statement. And for me time can actually stand still to the point where I don't know what time it is at all, sometimes even what day it is confuses me, because I can work on something right through the night into the next day.

    It almost like I'm going to die before I finish what has been started I'm so obsessed with getting it done, finished. Then I workshop it; I then find there is even more to be done. Hah, I have laugh at myself. Hermit? Ha, it's more like a time traveler lost in inner space. The wandering space-cowboy riding wild Sky-Rockets or Roman Candles inside the brain that dissolves and passes through a timeless awareness.

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  8. #18
    When the new theme hits then Iím in poet mode 24hrs unless work/life demands something of me. The only time this isnít so is when my wife and I are debriefing over food and excellent red wine. The theme hits and then everything sort of pours through that - usually results in a splurge of 30 to 50 poems and then nothing (maybe an occasional poem) until the next theme. Itís been hard since I took on more responsibility at work - just when I thought it would get easier since both kids have left the nest...so yes this poet is mad.

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    I'm curious — do (m)any of you here subscribe to the belief that poets (or writers in general) are channeling from some great poetic oversoul, and thus the objective of the poet is not so much to 'write' the poem but strives instead to get out of the way of the poem?
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    Quote Originally Posted by dannyboy View Post
    The theme hits and then everything sort of pours through that - usually results in a splurge of 30 to 50 poems and then nothing (maybe an occasional poem) until the next theme.
    I am very much the same. It is not so much themes with me it is more a creative channel opens and the ideas flood onto the page. Some ideas can be quite random. ... and when I've not been able to express my feelings in words I've taken to writing a poem as a release.

    It’s been hard since I took on more responsibility at work - just when I thought it would get easier since both kids have left the nest...so yes this poet is mad.
    Time is like cupboard space: the more you have...

    The only time this isn’t so is when my wife and I are debriefing over food and excellent red wine
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    A man after my own heart. Living in a country where a good bottle of wine is less than the price of a cup of coffee in the UK, we (friends and husband) debrief often. I won't go as far to say wine is an ideas lubricant but I have found it has helped to uncorke writer's block on the odd occasion
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    Quote Originally Posted by Grizzly View Post
    I'm curious — do (m)any of you here subscribe to the belief that poets (or writers in general) are channeling from some great poetic oversoul, and thus the objective of the poet is not so much to 'write' the poem but strives instead to get out of the way of the poem?
    So all poets souls are connected in some way?

    I do find writing poetry more of a driving force than writing prose. Probably because I suffer from word blindness and ideas don't flow onto the page in a logical order.
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