Thursday, April 30, 2009
I always fall upon this blog like a starving looter, looking for things to pillage. It never fails to inspire me.
Today I found this, from featured poet Phoebe Salzman-Cohen. This was her response to a question about advice and suggestions for fellow young poets.
Following my theme of Green Ink being a bit of a scrapbook for ideas and things I've found inspiring, I've put it here as a reminder to myself, and hopefully to inspire you guys too!
- Although it’s important to be able to take constructive criticism and improve your work, don’t let yourself be hurt by what other people say. There are some people who, although they mean well, aren’t always worth listening to.
– Read a lot. Not just poetry, and not just novels. Learn as much as you can about everything you can, and don’t be afraid to learn from someone else.
– Notice things– notice things around you, things about people you’re with, things about yourself, etc.
– Don’t get caught up in what’s “accepted” or in what seems cool. Don’t feel obligated to conform to what you see. (But as I said before, learning from other people is important.)
– Enjoy yourself! Writing isn’t worth it if you torture yourself over it.
Any more writing/creative advice to share today, dear readers?