I found a book, Fearless Writing by William Kenower. He defines all good writing comes from a flow state. I could agree with that.
I’ve often wondered how to write in flow. My best poem was written as I surrender to God, and the words just flowed out of me onto the page.
But he talks about getting into that state.
- You must have a willingness to be surprised.
- I must trust where it will take me.
- I cannot worry about the past or the future.
- I must exert no effort.
- There is no right or wrong in the flow state.
- I must not care what anyone else thinks about what I have written.
I wrote thirteen poems in two days using these rules. And they are good poems.
I used the 6th rule. I didn’t care what anyone thought about my imagery, the scans, the poems themselves. And I wrote and wrote. I guess I am a poet even though I can write other pieces.
The poems that I wrote are good. I send them to a supportive friend but I’ve sent poems that I don’t think are very good, but I get good feedback from her. I don’t care if anyone likes the poems that I write. I do say attention to the 6th rule– I don’t care if anyone else thinks about what I have written.
I also exert very little effort in writing them. They just flow out of me. I exert no effort and I don’t care if they are right or wrong. I am surprised by some of the imagery and the content of the poems.
So I will keep producing writing in flow and I stronger recommend the book. Fearless Writing by William Kenower.