Where do ideas come from? How about stories, poems, songs? And if you don’t jot them down, where do they go?
I listened to an interview with singer/songwriter Jason Isbell about his most recent album and he said the songs came to him in the middle of the night, so he got up, made a pot of coffee and began writing because, “Otherwise, you know, it goes away.” He was referring to the songs, of course. It’s a common observation artists make, whether writers, musicians or poets. Get it down before it disappears.
Where does a poem come from? And where does it go if you don’t get it down?
Never let a line
on scratch paper
it turns to