While looking for creative inspiration, some time ago I came across newspaper blackout poetry. This creative expression technique is not new but it became a trend thanks to Austin Kleon, an American writer/artist, who hit on the technique to overcome a severe case of writer's block.
What is it? The central idea is to devise a completely new text from previously published words and images, giving it a new meaning, usually sarcastic or with social or political content.
How does it works? To make blackout poetry, you only need a newspaper and a permanent marker.
Then, you start to read the article and highlight words that you find attractive or meaningful, crossing out or eliminating whatever words or images unnecessary or irrelevant to the effect you're seeking to create.
It's as simple as that!
I really recommend this technique, I think it's really effective as you create by eliminating rather than adding elements to your work, so you don't risk the "blank page syndrome".
If you wanna know more, visit Austin Kleon's blog.
Have you made Blackout poetry yet? I'd be happy to see your work!