It usually comes from an experience. I start with a story. And then it evolves. And changes. Very occasionally, the whole thing appears and I have to put it down. Usually, it is a long slow process. Writing. Re-writing. Sometimes, I end up revising poems months, or even years later. A lot of scribbling takes place. It is often frustrating, but also can be cathartic. With all of us in ninevoices, I think writing is a kind of compulsion.