My Challenges Writing Poetry

Hugh Gallagher wrote what must be the funniest college admissions essay ever.

In it, he wrote, “Years ago I discovered the meaning of life but forgot to write it down.”

One of my challenges with poetry has been that when I get an idea, I don’t write it down.

When I was in college getting my degree in Creative Writing, Irvin Faust told me, “the biggest challenge you have right now is that you haven’t really lived long enough to have much to say.”

He was right.

And now that I am 37 and have some life experience, I frequently think of what I do want to say, but I too often forget to write my ideas down.

One strategy I’ve been employing is that I try to carry a small notebook and a pen with me at all times.

This has helped a lot, but the next challenge is forcing myself to write (and finish) my poems.

It’s far too easy to just post on my blog.


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