If you are willing to write badly, you won’t experience writer’s block. That’s the advice that Jerry Cleaver gives in his writing book, Immediate Fiction.
I have been unwilling to write bad poetry as a means of writing good poetry. I have channeled some breathtaking poetry but since then, and it’s practically ten years, I have written less poetry because I am unwilling to write anything but a great poem. That determination has created writer’s block. In this case it takes the form of not having a clue what to write. That’s the opposite of the first forty years of writing poetry when I had dozens of subjects at every turn.
Recently, I realized that I want to write another volume of poetry, but I know unless I am willing to write badly, nothing will come from the impulse. I am willing to write a bad first draft of a novel because I don’t have anything invested in writing a good one, but the poetry which I’ve written since age 7 is a whole other issue.
I can’t promise I can over this problem, but I might give it a try. I’ll let you know.