Is your approach formal or informal? Do you have a set time during the day or during the week when you write poetry? Or do you keep a pencil and a piece of paper at hand for when inspiration strikes?
My own approach is informal. I try to set aside time early in the day for writing, but sometimes I can't write anything during these periods. I have learned to jot down words that come to me all through the day, regardless of where I am and what else I might be doing. Many of these surprise inspirations go nowhere, but sometimes they are the beginning of my best poems.
How about you? Would anyone like to respond?