The timeworn adage to, "write what you know," is a prohibition that would have adversely affected most of my work to date. I know little all about being a steam engine, or foxes, and yet I've written about them both.
Two of the approaches I employ involve the use of the metaphor and the parable. With a metaphor, I can flesh out a subject by comparing it with a seemingly unrelated one. Train of Thought, is one such example of linking two otherwise dissimilar topics.
I like to employ the use of the parable when I wish to explore a basic principal, as was the case when I wrote, Fox. There, I got to delve into innocent, headless play, and followed it to the resultant trouble that this sort of behavior is bound to bring.
So, an airship ride should be a cinch to write about, right? No, not so; not until I can figure out which approach would be best employed, or the end I want to reach. Should I be thinking in metaphor, in parable, or perhaps in terms of merely a visually atmospheric piece? Hmm...
At this point in the process, I have only a vague sense of that which is begging to be written. So, in lieu of hiring an airship, I am left to meditate on its imagined elements, and to seek out possible experiential cross references, while I assume, once again, the poet's trance.