Sunday, February 7, 2016

Ideas Hunt

Stephane Mallarme said, "Poems are not made of ideas, they are made of words. An idea, a possibility, may be in my head - or in the world - for hours or years, withnothing coming of it. Then one day, maybe taking a shower or a walk or driving, into my mind or mouth come a few words in a certain order, or maybe not even words, maybe a shape of grammar, sentence-sound: And then a poem begins, I hope."

How do you generate ideas for your prose or poetry? At times, inspiration may seem mysterious. Connection, collection, and collation promote idea development.

Consider the stimuli received each day. Take time to use all your senses as antennas to locate and pick up bits of conversations, body language, scenes unfolding, and opportunities for further investigation.

If you keep a small notebook handy or use a recording device, ideas will land in a safe place. Later you can return to see how they dovetail or grow additional wings.

Don't worry about beginnings, middles or ends. 

Turn into a collector of life's mysteries and events that unfold around you. 

Pursue on an idea hunt. No matter where you find yourself you can attract them. 

Take an hour to visit a park, coffee shop, and places where people gather. Watch body language, sounds, scents, and tastes.  

Observe the seasons and their subtleties.  Notice animals that populate your day. Look up and around for details.  

Once you begin this ritual of awareness a habit will form and you will attract bubbles of ideas.

Let your ideas-in-training percolate. 

They will arise when you least expect them.

How will you bubble for ideas today?

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