I've taken up seriously writing poetry in the past few months. I used to write horrid nonsense in high school, had a good friend tell me I was shit (good man, that), and quit for a few years. Finally taught myself meter (using Fussell's Poetic Meter and Poetic Form
) recently and have gotten back into regular writing. I've got two poems that I think are ready for publication, but I haven't seriously looked for venues yet.
I've been reading Shakespeare's sonnets and writing a lot (maybe five or six so far, up to sonnet 17 in Shakespeare) of responses to them (also in sonnet form) – quite fun. I call him the "Upbraiding Bard" in one, which I am endlessly pleased about. This also gets me over writer's block: just read Shakespeare until I have an idea for a response. (Otherwise I just restlessly revise what I have, which is productive in a sense but only intermittently satisfying.)
people who write with just pen and paper are seriously gods I think. I use Word.
I use pen and paper – the computer distracts me. But it's easier for poetry than prose, probably. I have a two notebook system, one for writing and one for compiling. I do all drafting and revising in the writing notebook. Then, when I've got a stable-ish draft, I copy it into the compiling notebook (which has pages that can be taken out and put back in), which I use to have easy access to the latest drafts of all my poems. (I used to compile them in Word, but that led me back into the distraction problem really quickly, since then I needed my computer to revise.)