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daily Writer's Fuel: 4/28

How Richard Siken find inspiration

Inspirational Activity: Work with a different medium for a while, then return to writing

Alternative: Read something you hate

After Crush, his first book of poetry, Richard Siken felt like he “had nothing left to say,” so he painted for a while and then wrote about painting (first about himself painting, then about other paintings), which inspired his second book, War of the Foxes. Also, when he feels “disengaged,” he reads not only works that he loves, but also those he doesn’t: “When I read work I hate, I get motivated to make something in opposition to it.”

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