from HOW TO KEEP AND FEED A MUSE
by Ray Bradbury
...When people ask me where I get my ideas, I laugh. How strange--we're so busy looking out, to find ways and means, we forget to look in.
The Muse...is there, a fantastic storehouse, our complete being. All that is most original lies waiting for us to summon it forth. And yet we know it is not as easy as that. We know how fragile is the pattern woven by our fathers or uncles or friends, who can have their moment destroyed by a wrong word, a slammed door, or a passing fire-wagon. So, too, embarrassment, self-consciousness, remembered criticisms, can stifle the average person so that less and less in his lifetime can he open himself out.
...If we are going to diet our subconscious, how prepare the menu?
Well, we might start like this:
Read poetry every day of your life. Poetry is good because it flexes muscles you don't use often enough. Poetry expands the senses and keeps them in prime condition. It keeps you aware of your nose, your eye, your ear, your tongue, your hand. And, above all, poetry is compacted metaphor or simile.
...What poetry? Any poetry that makes your hair stand up along your arms.
WRITING PROMPT: Look through an old book of poetry, or search for a poem online. Keep reading until you come across a poem that makes "your hair stand up along your arms." Read the poem through and then begin to write, using the poem as inspiration. See if you can recreate the same feeling through writing of your own. Let the writing lead you.