Some of you have noticed the “Take My Survey!” link at the top of the page and have taken it as well (thank you!).
One of the questions I ask is:
“If you write poetry, how do you usually compose?”
That really got me thinking about how we as poets create and edit our works. Think about it. Just generations ago, poets used nothing but pen and paper to generate their works.
Just the poet.
The solitude of the craft has become broken by Instant Messaging, e-mail notifications, and the temptation to minimize creation and maximize our web browsers.
That being said, according to current survey results, 50% of us create our poetry on computers. I am one of those. In fact, besides short phrases scribbled on napkins during quick flashes of inspiration, 99% of all my drafts are formed through a keyboard.
To those who purposely avoid the computer and opt for the holy trinity of poet, pencil and pad, I commend you for your discipline.
But, at the same time, I wonder if there are any advantages to being online during creativity. Certainly a case can be made for quick access to online dictionaries and thesauruses. What about a quick trip over to Wikipedia to corroborate your witty sci-fi reference to Cerulean Blue?
What are your thoughts?