The creative process
How I start writing, Jordan Stephens
Your Moment, Inja
Inja is a poet, lyricist and storyteller.
Watch BBC Radio 1Xtras The Poets Will Be Heard to hear other poets explain why they write.
Try other ways to start writing:
- Pick your topic. Identify one word for that topic. Challenge yourself to write non-stop for three minutes starting with the one word you have chosen. Write non-stop and write the first thing that comes into your head. Don’t worry about structure, rhyme, spelling or grammar. Afterwards read through your writing, are there any words or phrases you could use to start your writing?
- Pick your topic. Write down negative word or phrases that make you feel angry and frustrated about that topic. Write down positive words that make you feel proud and hopeful about that topic. Select four negative words and four positive words to use as a basis for a poem about change.
Challenge yourself to Make a Difference in a Minute by writing a poem that you can perform in one minute or less.
We would love to receive your written poems and performances responding to our Words That Burn theme. The current theme is LGBTI rights through poetry and our poetry action is for trans activist Sakris Kupila.
You can submit your poem in written form or as an audio clip or video clip that is one-minute or less. A selection of poems will be chosen for showcase on our website. We will let you know if your poem is chosen.
You can also watch our featured poets:
- Yrsa Daley-Ward and Patrick Cash make a difference for LGBTI rights
- Sarah Crossan, Deanna Rodger and Bethany Rose make a difference for women’s rights
- Amy León and Sarah Crossan make a difference for equality