People often ask how do YOU write a poem...does it come all at once or in bits and pieces?
Do you sit down to deliberately write it or just grab it when it suddenly hits you?
The answer for me is all of the above.
I keep a notebook where I jot ideas, phrases, words or feelings throughout some days and sometimes at night.
They may gestate in my mind for a day, a week or a month.
Then I will sit down, comb through them, play with them and try to form them into a meaningful poem.
Other times if I have a deadline, I'll sit down and wait for the muse to appear. I may carefully and deliberately grind out what looks like a pretty good poem and then at the end---reject it and write something with a totally different theme.
In other words, for me there are no set rules---oh wait I do have one rule---to be as honest and as true to my experiences as I can.