I have been writing much more than I’ve been giving myself credit for. The problem has been that I really want to write this poem brewing in my heart. Apparently, she’s not quite ready to come to page. When this happens I tend to think of myself as “not writing” and considered myself completely blocked. This simply isn’t true.
I’ve been writing a lot for my new job. While it is technical stuff; teaching manuals, prospectus for the year, introductions to curricula, etc., it IS creative writing. I try to weave creativity and beauty into all of my writing. This is especially helpful when writing for my job, which is a religious educator for a liberal church.
I’ve also been doing some blog pieces over at another blog I run. These tend to be very creative, spiritual, and reflective. Not only does this help by flexing my writing muscles, but it gives me a path to start putting pieces together for a poem to emerge later on.
Writing flexibility is important. Even keeping a journal can help, as long as you are writing regularly, you are keeping those muscles strong.