Jenny at readsbyredriverbanks asked me to take part in the Writer’s Blog Tour last weekend, and I’ve finally taken a few minutes to sit down and type up a post. I did a post on the same topic back in May, when the ever-lovely Tricia Drammeh asked me to take part. That time I answered the questions with more of a focus on my fiction writing, but this time I decided to focus a bit more on my poetry.
Why do I write what I do?
I write poetry because it’s something I’ve always enjoyed reading. I remember as a kid I spent a whole afternoon in one of the trees out at my grandparents’ place writing poems about my summer vacation as a school project. I used to really like free verse, and sometimes I still write a bit of it, but I’ve found haiku to be an interesting challenge, and it’s really quite satisfying to be able to cram a world of emotion into 17 syllables.
What am I working on?
I’m still working on The Lokana Chronicles, but I’m also working on a follow-up to Tuesday Daydreams. I just have to finish the formatting and have a cover done, and then I think I’ll be ready to order that proof copy. I’m not in a huge hurry, mainly because I don’t anticipate getting much done writing-wise this month, but I do hope to have it out by March.
I’m also working on a short story in verse, commissioned by Miss Tadpole. Rhyming is hard. 😀
How does my work differ from others in its genre?
With my poetry, I like to paint a picture with my words. Sometimes it works, and sometimes I’m not quite sure. For me, poetry is a test of brevity – how much can I say in 17 syllables? Brevity is not one of my strong suits, so poetry and short stories are a great way for me to practice this skill.
How does my writing process work?
I’m definitely a pantser – I get an idea and I run with it, most often straight into a brick wall that then must be dismantled brick by brick. With my fiction, I’m becoming a plotser (I plot a little, but only the barest of bones, and the rest is done by the seat of my pants), but with my poetry, I don’t stress about structure as much. If it takes me more than one stanza to make something work, then I’ll tack on another. Sometimes I take a day or two to mull over exactly how to say what I want to say – “The Western Sea” percolated for a couple of days before I finally managed to write it down – but most often, there’s no real planning involved.
With the short story that Miss Tadpole commissioned, I had no idea what to write about. But then as I was eating lunch one day, a quatrain popped into my head that refused to leave:
Once upon a time,
In a land far away,
There lived an old woman
And a boy made of clay.
Those four little lines contain so much possibility! Writing it in rhyme is challenging, but fun. Finding words that rhyme and convey what I want to convey is incredibly satisfying, and I can’t wait to have this story finished.
Anything else you want to know about my writing and/or my writing process? Leave your questions in the comments!
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