I should start by saying that I definitely am going to try some of the exercises that you’ve all blogged about. For me, the hardest part about a poem is the beginning, because you’ve got to get yourself to think about things like a poet–at least in my case, I don’t walk around thinking like a poet all the time. Putting myself in the poetry mindset is really hard, and not something that you can just instruct yourself to do and you’re suddenly there.
My challenge to you (and also to myself) is to write early in the morning when you first wake up. I was once advised to do this because although everybody goes about their morning differently, we all start out the same: groggy, contemplative, withdrawn, etc. I haven’t gotten to it yet, but my goal for myself is to wake up and before talking to anybody or having any interactions, write a few lines.