I have no idea what other people do when they are writing. But this is my process.
I am always scribbling down phrases that I think I can build a poem around. And by scribbling, I mean I put it in my phone or iPad.
Then I put those notes into a notebook on Evernote. Or if I’m inspired at that moment I create a poem or the start of a poem.
The problem is that I have all kinds of phrases and words in that notebook of unfinished work. And I forget about them. I really need to drag them all out again. Let them roll around in my head. See what germinates. Maybe nothing. But maybe something really good.
Unfortunately, my tendency is to just pull something new out and write it.
What do you do? Do you keep notes and go back and work on them? Or are they getting dusty and lonely?
On a bright note, I found some quiet time today to write and came up with half a dozen poems.