Greetings from the Poetic Muselings, and welcome to 2015. We have decided to blog once a week this month, and I have drawn the first week.
We Muselings met online in October of 2008 when we all signed up for a workshop at the Muse Online Writers Conference. The four of us were signed up for Magdelena Ball’s Create a Chap Book workshop and Lisa Gentile’s Creative Block Busters. However, due to a power outage, Lisa was unable to connect for the final online chat session, so moderator Michele Graf (see, even then she was our leader), took over, and we all shared how our week had gone. Afterward, a group of us started to meet online and share our poetry. Lifelines, and the Poetic Muselings, came from that.
As to my own, creative beginnings, I told myself stories as far back as I can remember, stories in my head. Somehow I wasn’t all that oriented in the real world, instead inhabiting the world of my imagination. A blue fairy would appear and comfort me. The back of my closet would open and become the entrance to a new world. The door into the hall would open into someplace new and strange. But it was years before it occurred to me to write anything down.
I started writing poetry early, but never took myself seriously as a poet. When I become involved with my spouse, I started writing some for her. I wrote poems into spiral notebooks which I stored in the attic. When things got tense between us, I wrote angst-filled poems, again in spiral notebooks. A few were published in a small newsletter.
At one point I wrote a poem I wanted to keep, and that’s when I tumbled into my life as a writer. Searching for a place to store my poem online, I found a couple of communities and started to participate. I became a finalist in a poetry contest. A couple of poems were published in a print journal, a few more in an online journal. I found the Muse Online Writers Conference and connected with others. In short, I got hooked.
The Muse Online Writers Conference
The next MuseCon will be held October 8-14,2012.
Although registration for this fabulous and free online writers conference isn’t open yet, it soon will be.
The Poetic Muselings will be hosting a poetry workshop at the 2012 Muse Online Writers Conference!!!
Hope to see you there!
Just read this Mission Statement! (from the website, home address is: http://themuseonlinewritersconference.com/joom/)
|Our Online Writers Conference is aimed to offer you, the writer, whatever resource we can to give you the opportunity to enhance and improve
your craft, to offer the opportunity to make contacts to reach that next level all writers seek – publication!
Our vision for organizing this online and very FREE writers conference as an annual event is to bring the writing world a bit closer for you. I
understand many writers out there do not have the monetary resources to attend face-to-face conferences, or perhaps they are situated far, and
even some writers may be incapacitated making it difficult for them to travel.
Within the world of the Internet, everything is possible and with this in mind we offer you this chance to come out, chat with our Presenters, ask them
questions and even attend a few of our FREE workshops to be held throughout the week.
And remember…this is a smoke-free environment.
If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at:
lea at themuseonlinewritersconference dot com
Writing (Photo credit: jjpacres)
“Make visible what, without you, might perhaps never have been seen.”~Robert Bresson, French Film Director
Image by Pierre Nel via Flickr
We all know the adage, “Don’t sweat the small stuff”, right? Do you know it applies just as easily to writing and poetry as it does to the other important things in life?
For example, I hear people asking me “Where do you get your ideas from?” and the answer to that is “Everywhere!”
It might be in a snatch of conversation I overheard at the restaurant while we’re waiting in line. It might be in the three headlines from today’s paper that I linked together to form a writing prompt. Perhaps that interesting documentary I watched on Discovery last night at 2 AM sparked some poem or plot ideas. It might even be in a dramatically stormy day with lightning crashing all around me.
I mean, open your eyes and ears, folks, along with your other senses. A lingering fragrance on the breeze, the tang of Thai spices on your taste buds, the feel of your lover’s caress. Anything in your world, good or bad, can serve as inspiration.
So how do you go about capturing these things for later use?
There are things you probably have in your possession already that can do that. Your cell phone can take a photo or record a voice memo or send an email to yourself, a thin notebook in your purse or back pocket to record ideas, and a notebook, pen and flashlight on your night stand to record those flashes of ideas that come when we are least prepared. I keep a file of writing prompts from various sources on my computer. I have a folder of photographs that serve the same purpose. There are many books of writing prompts, tools like Story Spinner, and writing games that can give you a heaping serving of inspiration. Let’s not forget the classic fridge word magnets either.
So don’t worry that you won’t have any ideas. All you have to do is just open your mind and it will be filled with amazing information, without even breaking a sweat.