Please click on the audio symbol above if you want to hear me explain how I wrote The Land of Blue. I talk about how I sometimes find it helpful to start with a piece of music, some artwork or a poem which moves or inspires me. I also explain that I find poems a safe place to explore difficult things, like sadness – poems help me talk about things that I might find difficult otherwise. Why not find an artwork that moves you and use that as a starting point for writing a poem? Think about how the artwork makes you feel... What does it make you think? What shapes, colours and textures can you see? What sounds come to mind? Try going through each of the senses in turn: sight, sound, taste, touch, and smell. Then, when you've finished writing, take a break before coming back to edit.
The Land of Blue – the Writing Process