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Writing Spiritual Poetry And More

By Jayne Rutledge
Writing is an incredibly rewarding thing, whether you do it for publication or simply as a way to unwind, meditate, and gather your thoughts. There are so many forms of writing to choose from: spiritual poetry, science fiction stories, memoir, and song lyrics are just a few of the forms to explore. It can be easy, however, to feel intimidated, or to fall into a rut where writing seems difficult. Here are a few tips for becoming and staying inspired as a writer.

1. Write something every day. Some writers choose to set a minimum goal for the number of words they write each day. This may work for you. However, if you feel stifled by the idea of having a numerical minimum to meet, just commit to writing something each day. It could be an email, a status update, a journal entry, a poem… Just make sure you write something that you put some thought into.

2. Read regularly. There are lots of ways to do this. You do not have to read novels or poetry all the time, if they are not your preference. You can read news articles, movie reviews, biographies, anything you want. Just make sure to find writers who write the way that you want to write, and read their work. This will help you to feel inspired and motivated.

3. Speak with other writers. Just as reading the work of others is helpful, so is talking to other writers. It will help you to feel like you are part of a community. It will also help you to accept and work through feelings of inadequacy or discouragement. All writers go through these things, and talking about it with people who understand will help.

4. Write in a journal. You do not have to write a journal entry every single day, although it’s great if you do. However, even if you write in it infrequently, a journal is a great place to keep track of ideas for poems or stories, and to record your feelings and thoughts about your life. When you are stuck for writing inspiration, look through the journal and you will probably find something.

5. Refrain from being a perfectionist. If you only want to write things that start out perfect, you will never write anything at all. Silence the critic in your head, and just write. The critic can come back out to play when you are editing.

6. Share your work with someone. You might not feel comfortable doing this right away if you are a beginning writer, and that’s okay. But eventually, it really helps to get another person’s opinion and feedback on the work you are producing, especially if publication is your goal. Start out with someone you know and trust.

Writing is not only rewarding, it is a necessary skill for communication in society. Not everyone has to write spiritual poetry or mystery novels, but we all have to write something. The more you write, for fun and for practice, the better you will become at this skill. Perhaps you will be a published author, or perhaps you will simply be able to compose a clear, elegant, grammatically correct email or business memo. Both of these things are incredibly valuable. Keep your writing muscles in shape, whatever your writing goals may be.

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