Part one can be found here.
Trying a new form gives me ideas. Squeezing an idea into a form brings out creativity in problem solving. I am going to try a sonnet for the first time soon. I was overthinking how to work with this form, when it hit me that the iambic pentameter is very close to regular speech so I should just right a line in regular speech and tweak it to fit the form. Stress gone! I find writing poetry is somewhat mathematical.
A few times, inspiration doesn’t look like the classical definition. One poem I was prompted by the Lord to just finish it. I know it was to finish it, but I also feel like the Lord wanted me to speak in a certain area that was best addressed in poetry.
Sometimes poets give me ideas. My favorite book in the bible is the Psalms, so King David inspired me to write a few of my own.
Big issues of the day give me ideas. This is part of the creative process, deciding how to organize a big idea, or condense it down to its bare essence.
The Bible has a plethora of ideas. Themes are timeless and the themes of the Bible can be molded to fit modern day times. I wrote one poem mixing in items from the past into a modern day setting.
And sometimes I just write journal entries to release the thoughts twirling in my head. Most of the time it morphs into a prayer or other ideas.