There are two things that every poet or writer needs to be successful. 1.) Writing something every day is a must 2.) A good support team. These two things will build the foundation that any poet or writer can thrive on. Luckily in Denver there is a place called the Lighthouse Writer’s Workshop. This place is holy for the Denver Writing Community. There are numerous classes hosted continuously, guest speakers, events to help support the writing community, and tips and tricks given to help keep writers on track.
Going back to the number one, writers and poets must write every day. This can be difficult though, and Writer’s Block is real and ever present with many writers. Here are some tips and tricks from the Lighthouse to help keep writer’s on the right path:
1.) Join a Group- Not all ideas have to come from sitting at the desk, or shuffling between the walls during the dim hours of the night. Feeding off other writer’s and creating a dialogue can a boost ideas, or move them in the right direction. Again, the Lighthouse is a great place to find groups and a support system, but there are other places as well, including many Colorado writing groups on Meetup and other places.
2.) Get Inspired- Once you have joined a group, or have some kind of network with other writers find out what accomplishments they have achieved, and feed of it. Sometimes there is no greater source of inspiration that seeing the achievements and success of people you care about. If they have a number of words to write per day, follow it. If they have been published in local magazines, start submitting. If they have won a contest or award for their writing, ask them how they pieced together all their works and follow.
3.) Help Someone Else Write- One way to really stimulate the writing mojo is to help someone else. Peer review a piece of work, help with a project, sit down for interview. All of these good deeds will come back to help serve your own writing in the end.
4.) Set deadlines- Sometimes the best thing that a poet or writer can do is to set a deadline and force the writing. This helps to streamline through all the ideas down to the best ones, and forces the creative juices to flow. Use the help from the group that you are in to help keep you to this deadline. Set an appointment for a peer review and do not skip it. Mark a day on the calendar that something must be completed by then.
5.) Discuss- Do not be afraid to talk about this either with the group, family and friends, or on social media. This is something that every poet or writer has gone through. Doubt is something that is in every writer, but the greatest and most successful have persevered through it. Discuss what trials you have gone through and how you have overcome them. The writing community can be brutal, but it is one of the most supportive.