What are the most significant moments, people, and places in your life so far? What happened to you so far in your life that has left a distinct mark, or created a major memory or continued to you affect you in small or large ways?
1. Look through the questions and statements below. Answer as many as you can with short answers -- just enough so that it makes sense when you come back to in a few minutes.
Take about 10 minutes to do this.
2. Now choose 3-5 of the answers you wrote in the first part -- the ones that sparked a lot of significance or emotional resonance with you.
Take about 20 minutes to freewrite about the items you chose.
Write down as many details as you can think of / remember. Try to add as many concrete details that use your five senses as possible. You don’t have to share these freewrites, but try to include details that fill in gaps for anyone reading it that wasn’t there or doesn’t know what is in your head.
These freewrites don't have to turn into a poem, but the details might provide some rich details that will inform your poetry.